Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced on Thursday he is planning to introduce a bill to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances.
The move has happened on “4/20,” the unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana use and culture.
Schumer told Vice News Tonight on HBO:
“Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom. If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?”
He also added:
“My personal view is legalization is just fine the best thing to do is let each state decide on its own.”
Schumer said his bill could get introduced as early as next week, but he didn’t provide a timeline.
“I’m doing it because I think it’s the right thing to do. I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined by the criminalization.”
Last week former GOP House Speaker John Boehner, from Ohio, announced he was joining the board of a marijuana company and will help advocate for legalization policies.
Also last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), took a baby step in the direction by introducing legislation to permanently decriminalize hemp that has been a boom for Kentucky farmers in recent years.
This year Sen. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.), waged a battle against Trump’s administration after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memorandum from former President Barack Obama’s era that advised federal law enforcement for marijuana prosecution.
Is it about time that the government finally sees that the use and sale of marijuana benefits people not only medically, but economically as well. The legal cannabis industry creates jobs for people to support their families and many other things.
It looks like politics is starting to add green to the blue and red.
Check out the video below to hear what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says.
Featured image via The Young Turks on YouTube.