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On 4/20, NY Senator Chuck Schumer Floats Bill to Legalize Marijuana

On 4/20, NY Senator Chuck Schumer Floats Bill to Legalize Marijuana

Many states have their own laws that do the same thing, but the Drug Enforcement Administration considers marijuana a controlled substance.

Under his proposed measure, the federal government would still enforce laws against moving pot into states where it's illegal, and would still regulate advertising so it isn't aimed at children.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) received assurances from President Trump that he will allow states to decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Schumer first shared his intentions Thursday in an interview with Vice News, in which he decried the negative effects of current marijuana laws, under which the drug has the same legal classification as heroin.

Not only does Schumer now support leaving it to the states, he supports legalizing it in his own state.

Twenty-nine states legalized marijuana for medicinal use and eight states legalized marijuana for legal for recreation.

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That is why I am not only announcing my support for decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level. The bill will push to give states the authority on regulation, as well. "I've seen too many people's lives ruined by the criminalization".

Sen. Chuck Schumer channeled his inner Peter Tosh on Friday - aka 420, a day weed lovers get wasted to celebrate pot - and called on Congress to "Legalize it, don't criticize it", to quote the late reggae legend and devoted Rastafarian. According to CBS News, Session made "it clear that marijuana possession and distribution is against federal law" and directed US attorneys to prosecute it accordingly.

"The time for decriminalization has come, and I hope we can move the ball forward on this", Schumer said.

The news was met with jubilation among marijuana reform advocates.

Under current federal law, marijuana is treated as though it's as risky as heroin and more unsafe than cocaine. Schumer's cannabis conversion-which comes after that of former House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican who not long ago was describing himself as "unalterably opposed" to legalization-is embarrassingly tardy. "It seems as if both parties may have finally realized just how popular marijuana legalization is with voters and are afraid of the other party stealing the issue".

According to Pew Research, almost 7 in 10 Democrats say marijuana use should be legal as do 65% of independents.