The US House of Representatives approved a measure Friday that would legalize marijuana nationwide, a measure whose fate is unclear as it heads to an evenly divided Senate.
The bill passed 220-204 mostly along party lines with three Republicans siding with the Democrats.
“For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of as a matter of personal choice and public health,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).
“If states are the laboratories of democracy, it is long past time for the federal government to recognize that legalization has been a resounding success and the conflict with federal law has become untenable,” Nadler said.
“Record crime, record inflation, record gas prices, record number of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border, and what are Democrats doing today? Legalizing drugs. Legalizing drugs and using American tax dollars to kick start and prop up the marijuana industry. Wow,” added Rep. Jim Jordan.
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