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.
Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the list of scheduled substances under a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as unsafe as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. Schumer stopped short of calling it legalization, but de-scheduling would essentially make marijuana legal at the federal level. An impressive believe that cannabis should be made legal, while a national poll conducted in January found that oppose federal interference in state marijuana laws. That would make MI only the second state to legalize marijuana by the legislature, after Vermont did so earlier this year.
It was later endorsed by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of OR, whose state legalised marijuana in 2015, and Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, who is also seen as a potential presidential contender. Democratic politicians like Schumer have always been lagging indicators of public opinion on this issue, especially compared to rank-and-file members of their own party.
Vice News said Schumer plans to introduce the legislation sometime in the next week.
"I think we reached critical mass among the population years ago", said Don Murphy, the director of conservative outreach for Marijuana Policy Project, "but I think we are finally reaching critical mass on Capitol Hill now".
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.) is thinking green. In Washington and other states, t's done lots of good and no harm.
It's the unofficial holiday for those who celebrate cannabis culture.
That's why this bill will inject real dollars into minority and women-owned businesses to ensure those disproportionately affected by marijuana criminalization can benefit from this new economy.
While nine states have legalized the drug, federal law still classifies it as illegal - like heroin and cocaine.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he is opposed to marijuana legalization on multiple occasions and has claimed-incorrectly-that pot is as risky as heroin. "It's simply the right thing to do", he said.