Schumer Slams ‘Bigoted’ Marijuana Laws At Rally, Saying His Federal Bill Will Legalize ‘The Right Way’

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Addressing marijuana legalization supporters at a rally in New York this weekend, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) celebrated his home state’s newly passed cannabis law and said it’s time to bring the fight to the federal level. “What we have accomplished in New York is just the beginning,” Schumer said during a speech at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally on Saturday. “We’re going to transfer that energy to Washington.” It’s the Cannabis Parade and Rally in New York City. This year, we finally and equitably legalized marijuana in New York. And I won’t stop working to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and undo the harms of the War on Drugs. pic.twitter.com/ladWs58tY7 — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 1, 2021 Schumer for months has signaled that he and Democratic colleagues Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) intend to bring legislation this session to legalize cannabis nationwide, though the group has not yet revealed their proposal. “We’re going to put forward advanced, comprehensive cannabis reform legislation that will not only turn the page on this sad chapter in American history, but undo the devastating consequences of these discriminatory and often bigoted policies,” Schumer said at the rally. Watch Schumer’s marijuana rally comments, around 57:00 into the video below: Schumer reminded the audience that he pushed state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to support a state legalization law with strong racial equity provisions, such as automatic expungement of past marijuana convictions and priority licensing for people most affected by the war on drugs. Federal legalization, he said, needs to include similar provisions. “We’ve got to do it the right way,” the majority leader said of nationwide legalization. “We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in communities of color and to provide opportunities for folks who have been…

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