Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Sen. Schumer announces plan to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

Sen. Schumer announces plan to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

According to Schumer's office, under the new bill, marijuana would be removed from the list of substances classified under the Controlled Substances Act.

The legislation would also maintain federal authority to regulate marijuana advertising in the same way it does alcohol and tobacco advertising.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he is opposed to marijuana legalization on multiple occasions and has claimed-incorrectly-that pot is as unsafe as heroin.

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The change injected uncertainty into the growing push to decriminalize marijuana, and Schumer said his bill would remove the threat of imprisonment while also benefiting minority entrepreneurs.

In an interview with Vice News, Schumer said he plans to introduce legislation on the issue. House teased the interview with a photo of Schumer signing a bong for VICE's Shawna Thomas, who conducted the interview.

Schumer sent these tweets on Friday, April 20th - aka 4/20 - a day when people traditionally celebrate smoking marijuana.

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump pledged to respect states that legalized marijuana but also criticized legalization and implied it should be stopped. His bill would not legalize marijuana outright, but instead allow states to decide whether to make the drug available commercially. But Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said last week that Trump promised in a conversation with him to support legislation to protect the marijuana industry in states where it is legal. Back in my early career in the 60s, marijuana around New Orleans was around 1 percent or less THC.

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The three are all possible 2020 presidential contenders - another indicator of which way politicians see the country moving when it comes to marijuana policy.

Recreational use of marijuana is decriminalized in another 13 states while 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for medical use. Nine of those states and D.C. have gone a step further to legalize the drug for purely recreational purposes. On Thursday, the FDA endorsed a medicine made from marijuana to treat severe seizures in children with epilepsy.

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