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In a first, House votes to federally decriminalize marijuana

WASHINGTON — The House voted Friday for the first time to federally decriminalize and levy a tax on marijuana sales, following through on pledges by Democratic lawmakers to find new approaches to regulating drugs and rectify a policy that has disproportionately harmed communities of color.

The 228-164 vote follows a trend sweeping the nation as 15 states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational use and sales of marijuana since 2012, with many more legalizing it for medicinal purposes. Though the measure is not expected to pass the Senate, marijuana advocates and the bill's supporters said passing

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