Schumer Urges Marijuana Reform In Meeting With AG Pick Garland And Other DOJ Nominees

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On the heels of announcing that marijuana reform will be a priority issue for the U.S. Senate in 2021, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Tuesday that he urged attorney general nominee Merrick Garland to “respect the rights of states that have legalized marijuana” during a recent meeting. Cannabis was one of only four specific policies Schumer mentioned in a two-paragraph statement issued following what the majority leader called “a very productive and important conversation” with Garland and President Joe Biden’s nominees for other top Department of Justice (DOJ) posts. “We had a much-needed discussion that focused on police accountability, voting rights, federal marijuana enforcement policy, domestic terrorism and accountability for those who participated in the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th,” Schumer said. “Specifically I urged that the DOJ make protecting the vote a top priority, commit all of its tools to advancing accountability and improving trust of police officers, respect the rights of states that have legalized marijuana and bring the participants in the January 6th insurrection attempt to justice.” Schumer was one of a number of Democrats last year who pledged to advance marijuana reform in the Senate if their party retook control of the chamber. In December, the House of Representatives for the first time passed a bill to federally deschedule cannabis, but it failed to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate. The new majority leader repeated the promise last week, telling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow that legalization would be a top Senate issue in the year ahead. “There’s lots to do, and we have to succeed,” Schumer said, explaining that criminal penalties for cannabis regularly create devastating obstacles for otherwise law-abiding Americans. “A young man is arrested with a small amount of marijuana in his pocket. He has a criminal record the rest…

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