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House votes to decriminalize marijuana, 2 Florida GOP reps on board

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In this Jan. 11, 2010 photo, a worker shows a marijuana bud for sale at the Lotus Medical dispensary in Denver. Colorado’s Board of Health is nearing a decision on rules clarifying what’s a “bona fide” doctor-patient relationship in an effort to crack down on marijuana mills, in which unscrupulous “pot docs” recommend pot for patients they’ve never seen before. Colorado’s proposed regulations would be among the nation’s most detailed governing how well doctors recommending marijuana must know their patients, but some marijuana advocates are fighting the rules. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 220-204 on Friday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would remove pot from the government’s list of controlled substances and require courts to vacate any related convictions.

Florida Republicans Matt Gaetz and Brian Mast voted in support of the measure.

The bill now moves onto the senate where if faces an uncertain future.

A 2019 version of the bill was also passed by the House but ended up stalled in the Senate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control marijuana is the most commonly used federally illegal drug in the United States with more than 48 million people having used it at least once in 2019.