US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Friday backed the decriminalization of marijuana, unveiling a bill removing it from the federal schedule of controlled substances days after President Donald Trump softened his own stance over the drug.
It would end the limbo that marijuana sellers find themselves in, months after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that prevented federal law enforcement officials from interfering with the marijuana business in states where it had legal status.
The move has been repeatedly proposed in recent years by both Democratic and Republican members of Congress, though Schumer would be the first congressional leader to sponsor such a measure. The bill would reserve the federal government's authority to regulate all commercial cannabis licensing, so that the same restrictions imposed on alcohol and tobacco licenses could be extended to commercial cannabis products.
But it is medicinal use that's getting the most traction with more than two dozen states now allow marijuana strictly for health reasons. Second, this has had a disproportionate effect on communities of color. 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. The New York Democrat, who telegraphed his plan in a Vice interview that aired last night, says "there's no better time than the present to get this done".
In 2015 Bernie Sanders, the first major-party presidential candidate to endorse marijuana legalization, became the first US senator to propose a bill repealing the federal ban on marijuana. Meanwhile, those who are entering into the marijuana market in states that have legalized are set to make a fortune.More news: SF Alums Are the Two Gilchrist Deputies Murdered in Trenton
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Hoover over each state to see the law.
According to Pew Research, almost 7 in 10 Democrats say marijuana use should be legal as do 65% of independents.
Plain and simple: this is the right thing to do for America.
"I think there's a huge shift in the view that people have across this country on how important decriminalizing marijuana is and how important it is to make it available for medical uses", said Sen.
Now, I recognize that time after time when these sweeping changes occur, the little guys lose while the big guys continue to profit.