The House of Representatives (lower house) of the U.S. Congress voted to legalize marijuana.
For legalization of the drug in the country voted 228 deputies, 164 were against. In addition, the bill is aimed at removing criminal records from those convicted of possession and trade in marijuana.
At the same time, the vote is rather symbolic, since the Senate (upper house of Congress) is controlled by the Republican Party, which does not support this bill.
Marijuana was illegal in all US states 10 years ago. So far, 38 states have legalized the medical marijuana trade and 15 have decriminalized it completely. Four of 15 states voted for this decision on November 3.
U.S. federal law still prohibits the use and trade in marijuana. Therefore, its use and trade are forbidden in the territory controlled by the federal authorities, and also threatens with criminal prosecution of green card holders and foreigners.