Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act (MORE Act).
By a count of 24-10, the committee voted on and passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, H.R. 3884. In this historic move, the first piece of comprehensive marijuana legislation to ever make it out of a congressional committee is also the first-ever to receive a floor vote.
The bill addresses many long-term legal and social justice issues that have plagued low-income communities and people of color disproportionately. It's also a win for licensed cannabis businesses who may finally have access to banking and tax credits most legal companies enjoy.
The bill provides grants, expungement processes, employment programs, substance abuse resources, protects immigrants and creates equitable licensing procedures. It goes further by preventing government agencies from discriminating against persons seeking federal benefits, student financial aid, or security clearances needed to obtain government jobs if they've used marijuana.
This historic legislation would effectively decriminalize cannabis by removing it from schedule 1 of the Controlled Substance Act. And while many applaud the landmark decision, as it has a high chance of approval in the full House where Democrats control the chamber, it's likely to face a tougher battle in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes marijuana legalization.
So what does all this mean to you and your legal, licensed grow? Plenty! This is the first of many steps the government is finally taking to create a fully federally legal industry. Cannabis will eventually become fully legal, so it's best to start planning for growth now.
One of the ways you can streamline your indoor grow is through agriculture technology. Greenhouse automation can assist with watering, ventilation, lighting, and more.
Growlink One controllers provide increased performance, capacity, productivity, and security to help meet the growing demands of a modern smart farm.
One of the many advantages Growlink One controllers have that others don't is data collection. Data collection and analytics are all about understanding the nuances of a task so that we can improve systems and procedures more accurately. We know plants need certain things to grow; sunlight, water, nutrients, and carbine dioxide. How do you decide how much of each they need to produce the highest yield? In the past, we could only make educated guesses based on years of trial and error. But with the emergence of big data, we can now determine exact quantities and then automate systems to create ideal growing conditions. Greenhouse automation can give you a significant advantage against your competition while improving your bottom line with higher yields.