Schumer Celebrates 4/20 Marijuana Holiday On Senate Floor

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday marked the marijuana holiday 4/20 by making the case for ending federal prohibition on the Senate floor. In a speech, the senator said April 20 is “a very unofficial American holiday,” and the occasion is “as appropriate a time as any to take a hard look at our laws that have over-criminalized the use of marijuana and put it on a par with heroin, LSD and other narcotics that bear little or no resemblance in their effect either on individuals or on society more broadly.” “The war on drugs has too often been a war on people, particularly people of color,” Schumer said. “Hopefully the next time this unofficial holiday 4/20 rolls around, our country will have made progress in addressing the massive over-criminalization of marijuana in a meaningful and comprehensive way.” And to that end, the majority leader discussed efforts he’s leading alongside Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to draft a bill to federally legalize cannabis, which he said will be introduced “in the near future.” Schumer told Marijuana Moment in an interview on Monday that the legislation will be comprehensive, and that lawmakers are working to incorporate other reform components such as providing explicit protections for banks that works with state-legal marijuana businesses. “It’s time for change. I believe the time has come to end the federal prohibition on marijuana in this country,” he said in the new remarks from the floor. “In state after state through ballot initiatives and constitutional amendments, the American people are sending a clear message that they want this policy changed.” Beyond ending prohibition, Schumer said the proposal he and his colleagues are working on will “ensure restorative justice, public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations,” similar…

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