House Democrats are mulling whether to take up a bill before the November election that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.
The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement Act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substance Act, which would effectively decriminalize it at the federal level.
The measure has more than 100 Democratic co-sponsors in the House as well as a handful of GOP supporters.
But some Democrats want leadership to postpone a pre-election vote, particularly vulnerable Democrats running for reelection in swing districts who worry constituents would frown on a vote to legalize marijuana while Congress has yet to address a new round of coronavirus aid.
Several Democrats on Wednesday argued that Congress should instead focus on finding a deal on coronavirus spending, which is considered the most pressing issue in most districts.
Congress must also pass a short-term spending bill, or continuing resolution, to keep the government operating beyond a Sept. 30 deadline.