Schumer Says Bill To Legalize Marijuana Federally Will Be Filed ‘Shortly’

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Wednesday that a bill to federally legalize marijuana will be introduced imminently in the Senate. He made the comments on the same day that the governor of his home state signed a bill to legalize adult-use cannabis in New York, making possession of up to three ounces of marijuana by adults 21 and older immediately lawful. “I support decriminalization at the federal level,” Schumer said, “and we’ll be introducing legislation with a few of my colleagues shortly.” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on decriminalizing marijuana: "I support decriminalization at the federal level, and we'll be introducing legislation with a few of my colleagues shortly." pic.twitter.com/fkc9HE2wQB — ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 31, 2021 Asked to clarify whether he supports legalization, Schumer replied, “decriminalization, legalization,” implying that the two terms are used interchangeably. “At the federal level, you call it ‘decriminalization’ because that lets the states legalize,” he said. But in general, advocates draw a distinction between the terms, with decriminalization usually being used to describe state or local policies that simply remove the threat of incarceration for simple possession while fines or other penalties could still be levied, which is distinct from outright legalization. The majority leader has teamed up this session with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to craft legislation to end federal cannabis prohibition. They started by holding a meeting with representatives from a variety of advocacy groups to gain feedback on the best approach to the reform. While the text of the bill hasn’t been filed yet and few details have been discussed, it’s expected to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances and promote social equity. Schumer made a point earlier this month to say that it will specifically…

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