One bill had bipartisan support in both houses of Congress and a hint from President Donald Trump that he would sign it. The other has only Democratic sponsors and little chance of passing a Republican-controlled Senate.
When the House Judiciary Committee took up marijuana legislation last week, it opted for the second bill.
The measure passed the committee, 24-10, with two Republicans joining 22 Democrats in voting yes. But other Republicans said the vote on the other bill would have been overwhelmingly partisan.
The legislation that passed the committee, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or More Act, would remove the federal ban on marijuana, currently scheduled as a Class 1 controlled substance.
That would leave it to the states to decide whether to legalize the drug. It also will take steps to help communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs and to ensure that minority-owned businesses and individuals got a share…