On Wednesday, Chuck Schumer said that a reform to authorize cannabis federally would shortly be introduced to the Senate.
He made this utterance when his home state’s governor approved a reform to authorize recreational marijuana in New York. Possession of not more than three cannabis ounces for recreational purposes is now legal in New York
Schumer admitted that he supports state-level decriminalization, adding that they’ll launch the legislation with some of his mates shortly.
When questioned whether he backs legalization, Chuck responded that legalization and decriminalization are two terms that are often used interchangeably.
He said that folks call it ‘decriminalization’ at the federal level since it allows the jurisdictions to legalize. However, activists generally distinguish the two words. Decriminalization is being used to refer to local or national policies that eliminate the danger of incarceration for minor possession while penalties may still be issued.
On Wednesday, the majority senate leader also tweeted that the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act that authorizes cannabis is now in effect in New York. He added that he’d continue partnering with the senate to end state marijuana prohibition and undo the wrongs caused by the failed Drug War.
Schumer has teamed up with Senator Cory Booker and Ron Wyden to draft a reform to end state marijuana prohibition. They began by meeting with officials from several activist groups to get feedback regarding the legislation’s most compelling approach.
Although the bill’s language hasn’t been submitted yet and few aspects have been tackled, it’s believed that it’ll remove cannabis from the list of state-regulated substances and foster social equity.
During early March, Schumer said that the bill’s text would particularly seek to inhibit large tobacco and alcohol companies’ capacity to dominate the sector.