Senate Leader Schumer Calls for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Senate Leader Schumer Calls for Federal Decriminalization of Marijuana

Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce a bill aimed at decriminalizing the drug at the federal level, he told Vice News.

Schumer, the Senate's top Democrat, has crafted a broad outline for a bill that includes "removing marijuana from the list of scheduled substances", and boosting minority- and women-owned marijuana businesses, according to a copy of the outline Schumer's office shared with BuzzFeed News.

While a number of states have legalized use of marijuana for various contexts, the federal government still considers it a harmful and illegal drug.

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.

Other points of the bill include giving the US the authority to regulate marijuana advertising the same way as alcohol and tobacco and set aside funding for minority- and women-owned marijuana businesses, according to Vice News.

'My thinking, as well as the general population's views, on the issue has evolved, ' Schumer said.

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"The time has come to decriminalize marijuana", Schumer said in a statement. In the Vice interview, Schumer said it's all about "freedom".

Schumer is just one of many high-profile politicians and public figures that are joining the wave of green politics, adding to an already strong foundation of support for the widespread legalization of marijuana.

And, in perhaps in the ultimate "whoa" moment, Republican and former House Speaker John Boehner joined the advisory board of a marijuana company. Marijuana is designated as a Schedule 1 narcotic by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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

The reversals are fueled by a growing number of states that are successfully experimenting with changing marijuana laws - and enjoying the revenue they are bringing in to help their cash-strapped states.

Warren has urged President Trump to reinstate an Obama-era policy discouraging federal prosecutors from targeting individuals in the marijuana trade in states that have legalized the drug.

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