New York Senator To Introduce Cannabis Descheduling Legislation

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-Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer talks with reporters following the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the Capitol on Tuesday.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced he will formally introduce a plan to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. Schumer told Vice News Tonight on HBO in a Thursday interview previewing his bill. Schumer noted that minorities are disproportionately affected by current laws and that too many people are serving too much time in jail for minor possession infractions. In addition to freeing up the residents of each state to make the decisions on what's best for them, the bill will make targeted investments which are necessary to protect public health and safety and ensure that members of all communities are able to participate in the new and thriving marijuana economy. "It's simply the right thing to do". "People should have this freedom". By contrast, just 43% of Republicans favor marijuana legalization while 55% are opposed. Gardner held up Trump's nominees for the Justice Department until he received a personal assurance from the president that his administration would not crack down on states that have legalized marijuana. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), whose state legalized marijuana in 2015, and Sen. When I first came to Congress in 1981, only 1 in 4 Americans believed marijuana should be made legal. Four lawmakers started the group past year to keep federal policies from interfering with states as they enact laws allowing for recreational or medical marijuana.

With Colorado raking in $500 million in taxes since 2015 and no discernible uptick in crime or underage use in the nine legal recreational states, Schumer has clearly concluded that now is the time to pursue federal legislation that would effectively legalize marijuana by de-scheduling and hence removing it from the Controlled Substances Act.

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"I have long believed that states should function as their own laboratories of democracy", Schumer said in a Twitter post.

Provide assistance to encourage minority and woman-owned marijuana businesses. But as more and more states legalize some marijuana use and an industry is beginning to boom around its sale, powerful politicians in both parties are shifting their stances and seeing the political benefits.

It was later endorsed by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of OR, whose state legalised marijuana in 2015, and Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, who is also seen as a potential presidential contender.