Although weed has been legalized for recreational and/or medical use in more than two dozen states, the federal government places marijuana in the same category as heroine and cocaine, thanks to the 1970 Controlled Substances Act. Asked if he would be willing to try marijuana, Schumer, 67, said: "Maybe, I'm a little old, but who knows?" Under the measure, the federal government would still enforce laws against moving cannabis into states where it's illegal and would still regulate advertising so it isn't aimed at children.
But the legalization movement goes against the beliefs of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an anti-pot zealot whose views harken back to those advanced in the 1936 agit-prop flick "Reefer Madness", which depicted potheads as violence-prone maniacs and has subsequently acquired cult status for herb devotees.
"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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The time has come to decriminalize marijuana.
The bill would essentially make marijuana legal at the federal level and leave it to the states to determine how to police the drug, Schumer told Vice News.
"First, I've seen too many lives and families ruined because of the criminalization of marijuana", Schumer said in a statement to The Washington Post. Second, this has had a disproportionate effect on communities of color.
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Nearly 70 percent of millennials support cannabis legalization, according to the Pew Research Center. Gardner held up Trump's nominees for the Justice Department until he received a personal assurance from the president that his administration would not crack down on states that have legalized marijuana.
Matt House, Schumer's communications director, said in a tweet that the Senator will unveil the bill on Friday - 4/20, a day that has become a celebration of marijuana. "We want to make sure we are educating people about the potential health consequences associated with marijuana use". "It also will ensure that minority- and woman-owned businesses have a dedicated funding stream to help them compete against bigger companies in the marijuana business".
The news was met with jubilation among marijuana reform advocates.
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