Schumer backs effort to decriminalize marijuana

The Top Democrat In The Senate Now Supports Decriminalizing Marijuana

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances - in effect decriminalizing its use.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to propose legislation decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level.

Schumer's bill would remove cannabis from the list of risky drugs scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. If passed, individual states would determine how to regulate marijuana without federal interference.

He wrote in a thread on Twitter that the federal government should 'allow states, once and for all, to have the power to decide what works best for them'.

You can read all of Schumer's interview with Vice News here. Justice Brandeis said let the states be laboratories, now we've had a few states, we've had a few laboratories, the experience's been a success.

So far, thirty states along with the District of Columbia have already passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form, mainly being for medical use.

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"This means that federal agents will not be arresting people, trying people for marijuana use", Schumer said in his video post.

The bill Schumer plans to introduce would extend that accommodation to states where marijuana is legal for recreational use, although the feds could still prosecute people for bringing marijuana into states where it remains illegal.

Schumer's move aligns him with lawmakers to his left in the Senate Democratic caucus. Sen. Back in my early career in the 60s, marijuana around New Orleans was around 1 percent or less THC.

The federal government, through the Controlled Substances Act, generally prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana, and has established significant penalties for violators.

In recent years, the legalization of cannabis in states across the country has affected people's perception of the plant. "It also will ensure that minority- and woman-owned businesses have a dedicated funding stream to help them compete against bigger companies in the marijuana business". And Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat and, like Sanders, a possible 2020 presidential candidate, recently introduced his own marijuana decriminalization bill. "We talk about the comparison to alcohol - and obviously alcohol is legal, and I'm hardly a prohibitionist - but it does a lot of damage", Schumer said in an MSNBC interview in 2014.

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