Senate Democratic Leader To Introduce Legislation To Decriminalize Marijuana

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. pauses as he takes questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday

Politico reports this is the first time Schumer's publicly supported federal legislation to decriminalize the substance - though he's previously stated he backs the rights of states to decide where they stand on marijuana. "With this announcement, Senator Schumer has effectively made it clear that a legislative priority for the Democratic Party is to end the federal prohibition of marijuana", Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, told Marijuana Moment's Tom Angell. It would establish dedicated funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses and maintain the federal government's ability to regulate marijuana advertising to insure that advertisers can not target children. That would make MI only the second state to legalize marijuana by the legislature, after Vermont did so earlier this year. Schumer also plans to include in legislation an investment "to better understand the effects of THC on the brain and the efficacy of medicinal marijuana for specific ailments".

In a series of tweets on Friday, Schumer said, "I have long believed that states should function as their own laboratories of democracy".

Schumer said after seeing the success of marijuana being legalized in several states, he thought it was time to shift laws on a national level. 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.

Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in 2012, and six states have followed since then.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of NY in a statement called the move "simply the right thing to do".

Given that background, it's not surprising that Schumer came late to the marijuana reform movement.

Provide assistance to encourage minority and woman-owned marijuana businesses.

The change injected uncertainty into the growing push to decriminalize marijuana, and Schumer said his bill would remove the threat of imprisonment while also benefiting minority entrepreneurs.

As the 2020 elections near, some speculate Sen.

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.

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