Schumer Talking To GOP To ‘See What They Want’ In Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming This Month

Schumer Talking To GOP To ‘See What They Want’ In Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming This Month
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Tuesday that he and colleagues are in the process of reaching out to Republican senators to “see what they want” included in a bill to federally legalize marijuana he’s planning to introduce later this month. The leader was pressed during a briefing with reporters about the fact that he’s been discussing plans to file legalization legislation for more than a year. The new comments come less than a week after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a separate legalization bill from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “We hope to [file the bill] towards the end of April,” Schumer said, adding that he, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) “are talking about it and, in fact, we’re trying to reach out” to other lawmakers about the forthcoming bill. “I’ve reached out already to a few Republicans to see what they want,” he said.

Schumer said in February that the plan was to introduce the Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act (CAOA) in April. He and his colleagues first unveiled the legislation in draft form for public comment last year. The leader also recently said in a meeting with activists that he expects committee hearings on the proposal shortly after it’s finally filed. In February, Schumer and his cannabis co-sponsors also circulated a letter asking fellow lawmakers to weigh in on the provisions of the bill. It’s unclear what kind of GOP input on the bill the senator might be inclined to incorporate to build bipartisan support for the reform measure, but the House bill that passed last week contains similar provisions to the draft CAOA and received just three Republican votes in support. The senators’ proposal as released in draft form last year would…

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