The Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives last week cancelled a vote that would have decriminalized marijuana nationwide, thanks in part to the advocacy of the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and other safety-focused groups.
The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, commonly referred to as the MORE Act, has been supported previously by House leadership. The scheduled vote would have benefited the marijuana industry and other large corporate entities, while causing significant harm to communities throughout the Nation.
NDASA, in collaboration with other organizations including the American Trucking Associations (ATA), SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), the National Safety Council and many others had actively opposed this legislation. NDASA members joined together in a letter writing campaign to members of Congress, along with NDASA leadership who met with Congressional leaders and the Office of National Drug Control Policy to voice our Association’s opposition, while explaining the overwhelming negative consequences if passage of the MORE Act occurred.
NDASA, Chairman, James A. Greer stated “Legalization of marijuana before science has answered the questions regarding impairment and other health-related issues is the wrong approach. Passage of the MORE Act as written would have restricted the ability of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from testing marijuana use by truck drivers, airline pilots, bus drivers, and others. Simply put, it would have jeopardized public safety.”
NDASA wishes to thank our members, coalition partners and the general public who said “NO” to the MORE Act and the Federal legalization of marijuana.