Sen. Schumer Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana

Sen. Schumer Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana

Sen. Schumer Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana

"Let's nationalize it. It's the right thing to do".

Sen. Chuck Schumer on state marijuana legalization: "The experiment has been a success".

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said the drive to legalize marijuana is only getting stronger.

"The legislation is long overdue", the New York Democrat said in an earlier interview on VICE News. "I've seen too many people's lives ruined by the criminalization", he said.

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted a year ago showed marijuana legalization or decriminalization was popular, especially among young people.

Nearly 70 percent of millennials support cannabis legalization, according to the Pew Research Center.

The senator claims he hasn't smoked before - but doesn't see any harm in doing so.

"Marijuana is actually shown to be treating those in opioid addiction". 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.

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Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, which was one of the first states to fully legalize the drug, has been pressing President Trump for assurances that he will not meddle in states that have chosen Colorado's path.

On Friday, to counter the 4/20 programming, Smart Approaches to Marijuana held a news conference in downtown Washington to reiterate its opposition to marijuana legalization.

"It's time we allow states, once and for all, to have the power to decide what works best for them", Schumer tweeted.

First, it would remove marijuana from Drug Enforcement Administration's list of controlled substances, which would end federal prohibition and leave it up to states to decide how to regulate the drug. It's possible Schumer is watching what's happening in his home state and the overwhelming support for legalization within his own party, and decided that backing marijuana could boost the chances of Democrats taking back the Senate this November.

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While Schumer, who was elected to the Senate two decades ago, has been supportive of medicinal marijuana, he has now "evolved" his thinking on recreational marijuana. However, despite the growing number of jurisdictions that permit some form of marijuana use, back in January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that allowed states to legalize the substance without federal involvement. "It seems as if both parties may have finally realised just how popular marijuana legalisation is with voters and are afraid of the other party stealing the issue". The Washington Post described Schumer's thought process behind the bill.

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