Senator Chuck Schumer said Democrats would “advance” the federal marijuana legalization bill.
Schumer’s stance comes from President Joe Biden’s continued “study” on this issue.
Democrats in New York saw the legalization of recreational marijuana in their home state this week.
New York Democratic Senate Leaders of the United States Chuck Schumer Said in an interview with Politico Regardless of President Joe Biden’s final position on the matter, his caucuses will move forward with federal marijuana legalization.
Schumer, Who was the first to introduce The 2018 Marijuana Legalization Bill said in an interview that it is creating a new law with Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon.
Biden being Not very enthusiastic Fully promoted federal legalization in the past Recently drawn criticism Schumer told outlets that his administration, which instructed several employees to resign or work remotely due to past drug use, continues to “investigate” the issue.
“I want to give him my discussion, as many other supporters do,” Schumer said. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.”
He pointed out the states that have long legalized marijuana as a reason for supporting the federal bill.
“The legalization of the state was very successful,” he said. “They were a great success. The horror parade never happened, and people gained more freedom.”
Kentucky Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Resolutely opposed Marijuana legalization, but Schumer has promised to work with Senate Republicans and swaying Democrats on this issue.
“What we want to do is first introduce a comprehensive bill, then start sitting with people who disagree with it on both parties, A) trying to educate them, and B) their dissenting opinions. It’s about looking at what they are and seeing if they have anything, an amendment that doesn’t interfere with the main impetus for the bill. ” “If it involves more people, we will certainly listen to some suggestions.”
But McConnell’s influence on Republican caucuses may not be the biggest obstacle to federal law.
Biden said in the past that there was not enough evidence that marijuana was a gateway drug.
“It’s a debate and I want more and more before it is legalized nationwide.” Biden said During the 2019 Town Hall event. “We want to make sure we know more about the science behind it.”
That same year Criticism Beyond his past support for hard-line drug law in the 1990s, He said “No one should be put in jail for marijuana use,” he said, supporting the state’s right to decriminalize recreational marijuana use and pursue decriminalization. ..
Last December, House passed A bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level. Either parliament voted for such a measure for the first time.
When Biden was asked about the possibility of rejecting the legalization bill, Schumer said the president continued to investigate his stance surrounding the matter.
“Well, he said he wanted to see more information on this issue,” he said. “I respect it. I certainly have a continuous conversation with him and tell him how my view has evolved, and I hope his will will be. . “
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