Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate will make marijuana legalization a legislative priority. Marijuana is currently a Schedule I banned drug, and more than 40,000 Americans have been jailed for cannabis offenses. Legalization would be an important reform step elsewhere.
"I am the first majority leader to say it is time to end the federal marijuana ban, and as a majority leader, I will push this issue forward and make it a priority for the Senate," he said in one this morning Comment. Legalization would bring about a “monumental change” nationwide.
"It would finally take steps to redress the injustice of the failed war on drugs, "he said, adding that legislation would remove marijuana from the list of state-controlled substances and remove the criminal record of those convicted of minor cannabis-related offenses.
Schumer's announcement comes a day after he said he endorsed Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) And Cory Booker (D-N.J.) And will publish a draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunities Act.
For decades, young people have been arrested and detained for carrying even a small amount of marijuana.
It has long been time for change.
I'm standing with @RonWyden and @SenBooker today to get our draft Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act out.
– Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 14, 2021
“It's not just an idea whose time has come; it is long overdue, ”said Schumer yesterday at a press conference in the Capitol. “We have all experienced the agony of a young person arrested with a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. And because of the historical over-criminalization of marijuana, they have a very heavy criminal record that they have to live their entire lives. "
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