Chuck Schumer Says Federal Marijuana Legalization Is A Priority In Democrats’ ‘Big, Bold Agenda’

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The top lawmaker in the U.S. Senate is again making clear that federal marijuana legalization is a priority part of his legislative agenda for 2021. In a fundraising email to his list of supporters on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) laid out what he called “Democrats’ bold agenda for change this year.” After first describing plans to tackle climate change and income inequality, Schumer turned to cannabis. “Next is criminal justice reform—and voters agree,” he wrote. “Voters in four more states this election voted to legalize adult recreational use of marijuana, and that proves once again it’s past time to work to undo the harm done by misplaced priorities, particularly in Black and brown communities. It’s time to decriminalize marijuana nationally.” Last month, the majority leader pledged that he, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) would release a draft bill to end federal marijuana prohibition “in the early part of this year.” The three senators followed that up by holding a meeting with cannabis reform groups to discuss the plan. While it’s not clear what the draft Senate marijuana reform proposal will entail, or when it will be released, Schumer said lawmakers are in the process of merging various pieces of existing legislation. The top Democrat also pressed attorney general nominee Merrick Garland on respecting state marijuana laws during a meeting last month. Garland later said in his confirmation hearing and in written responses to questions from senators last week that he feels prosecuting people complying with local cannabis laws would not be a good use of federal resources. Schumer, for his part, pledged prior to the 2020 election that he would move marijuana legislation to the floor if installed as majority leader. Then, in January, shortly after two Georgia runoff elections gave…

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