Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce bill decriminalizing marijuana

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Weed In US Karlie Powell Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Weed In US Karlie Powell
Steve Townsend | 22 April, 2018, 01:36

Asked if he would be willing to try marijuana, Schumer, 67, said: "Maybe, I'm a little old, but who knows?" Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), left, and Sen.

Marijuana decriminalization is getting some attention across the nation.

-Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer talks with reporters following the weekly Democratic policy luncheon at the Capitol on Tuesday. 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. "Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?" "It's simply the right thing to do", he said. "People should have this freedom".

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

New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also warmed to the idea of legalization last week, saying that neighboring states like MA and potentially New Jersey already have, so "for all intents and purposes, it is going to be here anyway." Sen.

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April 20, or 4/20, is the day marijuana users openly celebrate their passion for pot, and this year, democratic leader Sen. Over the next few months I hope that I will have your support as I work to bring Democrats and Republicans together to better serve their constituents and support the rights of Americans to freely and safely use marijuana as they please.

Remove (or deschedule) marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, ending federal marijuana prohibition and leaving pot laws up to the states.

Not only does Schumer now support leaving it to the states, he supports legalizing it in his own state. It would establish funding for women and minority-owned marijuana businesses, allowing for more entrepreneurs to enter the very lucrative medical and recreational market. "Critically, we ensure that advertising can't be aimed at kids, and put real funds behind research into the health effects of THC", referring to the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana.

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.

And under existing law, the federal government considers marijuana as unsafe as heroin and treats it less favorably than cocaine. In a sharp reversal from his previous opposition to legalization, Boehner said that de-regulation of marijuana would be necessary to help veterans and alleviate the opioid crisis.

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