Cannabis reform activists, industry representatives, and lawmakers were quick to react to the postponement of the vote on the MORE Act. Maritza Perez, director of the office of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement that the delay will result in “justice delayed for millions of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income individuals disproportionately impacted by our country’s racist marijuana laws. We cannot continue to force these communities to wait for a ‘politically convenient’ moment while they continue to be robbed of employment opportunities, housing, education, other government programs, and even their children or immigration status.”
Avis Bulbulyan, the CEO of cannabis consultant firm SIVA Enterprises, also expressed disappointment at the delay in an email to High Times.
“This would have been more of a vote on social justice grounds than business and if they can’t do the right thing on a social justice issue at a time when social justice issues are front and center, what purpose are they serving in their roles in the house? This is a complete abdication of responsibilities at the highest levels of public office and it’s a shame,” Bulbulyan said. “This should be a wake-up moment for citizens on the significance of their vote for those they’re voting for.”