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H.R. 3884 (116th): MORE Act of 2020

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To decriminalize and deschedule cannabis, to provide for reinvestment in certain persons adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, to provide for expungement of certain cannabis offenses, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Jerrold Nadler

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2020
Length: 87 pages
Jul 23, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on December 4, 2020 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


120 Cosponsors (119 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Passes Historic Cannabis Reform Legislation
    — Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 4, 2020

Rep. Johnson Urges Senate to Pass George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
    — Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 9, 2020

LaMalfa Opposes Federal Marijuana Legalization
    — Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R-CA1] on Dec 4, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 3884 will add $6.3 billion in new spending through 2030.
Carrington & Associates, LLC The MORE Act is an important first step in addressing America's failed war on drugs. Decriminalizing cannabis and expunging past federal crimes related to possession and use is way overdue. The bill will lead to better outcomes for communities and stakeholders …
Americans for Safe Access ASA supports the MORE Act because it would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and benefit the medical cannabis community in several ways. It would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level, which would: 1) End the conflict of laws …
NORML The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act (HR 3884 / S. 2227) is bipartisan legislation that removes marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, thus decriminalizing the substance at the federal level and enabling states to set their own policies.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy Marijuana policy reform drives tremendous economic and social benefits, but at its roots must continue to be a movement for justice for every American, particularly those who have borne the brunt of marijuana enforcement efforts. We need federal legislation which generates …


Jul 23, 2019

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Nov 20, 2019
Considered by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Nov 21, 2019
Ordered Reported

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Jan 15, 2020
Considered by Health

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Nov 27, 2020
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Nov 30, 2020
Text Published

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Dec 4, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 3884 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3884. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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