Chuck Schumer asserts that legislators are planning to amalgamate multiple cannabis reforms, including his decriminalization legislation, as Congress pushes to implement the bill this session.
During an interview with Al Harrington, former NBA professional who owns a marijuana firm-Viola Brands, on Wednesday night, Chuck disclosed his support for legalizing cannabis within the state.
He said that his bill is being merged with other bills.
The majority leader’s legislation submitted during the last Congress and the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would deschedule cannabis federally, reinvest tax returns into territories hardest hit by the failed War on Drugs and sponsor programs to expunge past marijuana records.
It’s unclear which other reforms are being amalgamated, but it’s certain that the MORE (Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement) Act would be implemented since activists have gunned for that reform to be a carrier for policy change. The House approved it in 2020 but failed to ascend past the Senate due to the Republican control.
Schumer underscored that the objective of authorizing cannabis is mainly focused on equity.
The senator said that The Democrats’ plan will entail terminating records, apportioning part of the tax proceeds from marijuana sales to reinvest in societies most affected by the drug war and making sure that large companies don’t dominate the market.
Harrington and Chuck further said that they’re making efforts to ensure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t attach irrelevant rules on marijuana ventures when decriminalization is approved.
Chuck also said that he intends to allocate finances to craft a marijuana breathalyzer to exhibit impaired driving, citing that people shouldn’t drive after excess cannabis consumption.
He also pointed out the havoc that the minority community is subjected to and the bias caused by criminalization enforcement.
On Monday, he made similar remarks during an interview with Rachel Maddow from MSNBC.