Sen. Chuck Schumer: It's Time To End Marijuana Prohibition

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer holds up talking points from the Republican Senate tax reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Nov. 9 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer holds up talking points from the Republican Senate tax reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Nov. 9 2017

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thinks it's time to federally decriminalize marijuana because "it's the right thing to do-freedom".

"The time has come to decriminalize marijuana", Leader Schumer said in a press release. That includes pseudoephedrine, a cheap and effective allergy medication that Schumer targeted for restriction because it can be used to make methamphetamine, along with a host of known and unknown psychoactive substances covered by the Dangerous Synthetic Drug Control Act of 2016, which Schumer championed.

On Thursday, Schumer signed a bong for Vice News.

Schumer said the legislation was "long overdue" and lamented how marijuana laws affect "communities of color disproportionately and unfairly".

Although many states and D.C. have already opted to legalize or decriminalize the cannabis plant, on the federal level, it is now categorized as a Schedule I drug.

"This means that federal agents will not be arresting people, trying people for marijuana use", Schumer said in his video post.

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President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate marijuana last week.

Across the aisle, liberal lawmakers are likewise flocking to co-sponsor bills to roll back marijuana restrictions.

The shift by both Trump and Schumer comes as US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sought to crack down on marijuana decriminalization efforts.

Guy Cecil, chairman of Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, said that decriminalizing marijuana is a clear motivator for younger voters. "I've seen too many people's lives ruined by the criminalization". The bill also gives funding to further research the benefits of THC and ensures that women and minority businesses in the industry will receive the support they need to compete with bigger companies. "But, who knows? Who knows?" said Schumer, age 67.

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner also announced recently that he had changed his stance on marijuana and that he would promote its nationwide legalization as a way to help veterans and the nation's deadly opioid crisis. Over the next few months I hope that I will have your support as I work to bring Democrats and Republicans together to better serve their constituents and support the rights of Americans to freely and safely use marijuana as they please.

It remains illegal, however, under federal law.

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