House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

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Source: HOUSE TV

The democratically controlled U.S. House approved a bill Friday that would end the federal ban on marijuana.

The bill passed largely by party lines.

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It’s the first time a Chamber of Congress has voted on the issue.

The bill would remove pot from the federal list of controlled substances, effectively decriminalizing the drug across the U.S. It also includes creating a process to remove prior pot convictions.

If passed by both Chambers of Congress, individual states would still have to legalize marijuana.

The Senate, controlled by Republicans, is not likely to take it up in the last two weeks of the current congressional session.