Schumer is ready to move on to changing marijuana law, even if Biden isn’t.


Senate leader Chuck Schumer, who strongly supports the legalization of marijuana, will make major changes to federal law banning the use, sale and production of cannabis products, with or without the support of President Joe Biden. I am ready.

In the 2020 presidential election, Biden, a supporter of Democratic strict Prohibition in his long career in the Senate, is the only major Democratic candidate to oppose federal legalization of factories, and further research is needed. Said it was necessary. The president supports the legalization of medical drugs and the decriminalization of possession, but White House spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters last week that Biden’s “position has changed” regarding the full legalization since the campaign. I haven’t. “

Schumer Told Politico He respects Biden’s desire to study more on this issue, but said that “we will move forward” even if the president’s view remains unchanged.

“He said he was studying this issue,” a New York Democrat said when asked if he would submit a legalization bill even if Biden objected. He added that he wanted to give the president “a little time” to study the question.

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“I want to give him my discussion, as many other supporters do,” Schumer told Politico. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.”

Schumer submitted a legalization bill in 2018 and is working with Senators Cory Booker (DN.J.) and Ron Weiden (D-Ore) on a bill to change federal marijuana law. Schumer has yet to reveal the content of the new bill, and it is unclear whether the law will include full federal legalization or a more modest move towards decriminalization that Biden is likely to support.

“I support decriminalization at the federal level, and I plan to introduce a bill with a few colleagues soon,” Schumer told reporters Wednesday. Schumer implied that the two terms mean the same thing when asked about legalization. “At the federal level, we call it decriminalization because states can be legalized.”

But when asked by Politico whether the new law requires legalization or decriminalization, Schumer said, “I personally want legalization, and the bill we introduce is that. I’m heading in the direction.

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“I don’t want to go into the details of our bill. You’ll have to wait,” Schumer said, but said it would include provisions to remove federal marijuana convictions from people’s criminal records. .. Schumer also said he would support the state’s efforts to eliminate criminal records as well through federal “incentives and disincentives.”

Schumer, the state of his hometown New York legalized marijuana last weekAfter seeing the success of the first state to approve the recreational use of drugs, he told Politico his position on the “evolved” issue.

“When some of the early states (Oregon and Colorado) wanted to be legalized, all opponents talked about a parade of horror: crime will increase. Drug use will increase. Everything goes wrong, “Schumer said. “The horror parade never happened, and people gained more freedom, and the people of those states look very happy.”

Proponents of legalization praise Schumer’s commitment to legalization.

“By pledged to push forward with marijuana reform, majority leader Schumer is now in a state where it is already a reality, as well as the will of 70% of Americans who are now in favor of full legalization. It represents the will of more than 40% of Americans living in the United States, “Eric Artieri, secretary-general of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, told USA Today in a statement.

“President Biden needs to join Schumer and the American people on the right side of history, and if he doesn’t join them to seek correction of this long-term fraud, Congress will end our failed ban. His hand should be forced by putting the law on the desk as soon as possible. “

Vice President Kamala Harris supported the legalization of marijuana as a senator. When asked if he had spoken to Harris about the planned bill, Schumer said, “I want to get her involved, but I haven’t done it yet.”

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Marijuana Legalization: Schumer Advances Bill Even If Biden Doesn’t