Talking to cannabis legalization supporters during a New York rally last weekend, Chuck Schumer (America’s Majority Senate Leader) applauded his home territory’s recently approved marijuana law and stated that it’ time to take the fight to the state tier.
During his speech at the New York City Marijuana Parade and Rally, Schumer said that what they have attained in New York is merely a start. He added that they’re going to use the same energy in Washington.
Chuck has indicated for months that he and Senate Democrats Roy Wyden and Cory Booker plan on bringing legislation this session to authorize marijuana across the country. However, the trio hasn’t released its proposal yet.
The Senate majority said at the NYC rally that they’re going to craft a comprehensive and advanced marijuana reform legislation that’ll open a new chapter in American history and undo the destructive consequences of these bigoted and discriminatory policies.
Chuck pointed out at the rally that he pressured legislators and Governor Cuomo Andrew to back a federal legalization regulation with firm racial equity aspects, such as autonomous expungement of past cannabis convictions and offering priority licenses for individuals hardest hit by the Drug War. He also noted that state legalization has to incorporate similar provisions.
Chuck said that the country has a onetime opportunity to support colored communities and offer opportunities to individuals who have been severely impacted by cannabis criminalization.
He highlighted the Drug War’s racial bias background, noting that Black and Brown people in New York have disproportionately been apprehended or imprisoned for cannabis felonies.
Other pro-legalization representatives also spoke at the rally, including legislators who seconded the jurisdiction’s new marijuana law and Letitia James (New York Attorney General).
Schumer added that he’s expecting bipartisan support for the state reform, pointing out that various Republican-led territories have ended cannabis prohibition.