Senate Democrat to propose marijuana decriminalization


Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY called Friday for decriminalizing marijuana, the highest-ranking federal lawmaker to support changing the federal laws against the drug. Today, I am formally announcing my plan to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

Mr. Schumer said his bill would cut federal authorities out of the business of policing marijuana use - but it would not change states where possession or use of the drug is still illegal.

President Trump says he is in favor of protecting states that have marijuana industries already set up, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to use federal resources to crack down on law breakers. This legislation will allow each state to ultimately decide how they will treat marijuana. It's possible Schumer is watching what's happening in his home state and the overwhelming support for legalization within his own party, and decided that backing marijuana could boost the chances of Democrats taking back the Senate this November.

Schumer announced the proposed legislation Thursday in an interview with "Vice News Tonight".

"I think Louisiana is going to work to see how that works in other states and see what happens federally before they bite that bullet", Mayers said.

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A growing list of states - including Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont and Washington, along with Washington, D.C. - have all moved to legalize pot for recreational use. "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.

Schumer is introducing separate legislation on Friday - a date that is an unofficial holiday for marijuana users.

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

His announcement came on 420 Day, an informal marijuana holiday, as a CBS News poll said nearly 6 in 10 US adults believed cannabis should be legal, 59 percent to 36 percent.

In 2015 Bernie Sanders, the first major-party presidential candidate to endorse marijuana legalization, became the first USA senator to propose a bill repealing the federal ban on marijuana. "Critically, we ensure that advertising can't be aimed at kids, and put real funds behind research into the health effects of THC", referring to the primary psychoactive substance in marijuana.