Schumer Commits To Bipartisan Work To Pass Marijuana Reform ‘This Year’ After Legalization Bill Unveiled

Schumer Commits To Bipartisan Work To Pass Marijuana Reform ‘This Year’ After Legalization Bill Unveiled
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Now that a much-anticipated Senate marijuana legalization bill has been released, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Thursday that he is committed to working with bipartisan offices to get “something” done on cannabis reform “this year.” More than a year after unveiling a draft version of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), the final bill was released early Thursday morning. Schumer discussed the legislation, as well as next steps, during a Senate floor speech hours later. A theme of the speech was the bipartisan work that went into developing CAOA, which retains the key pillars of the draft version but was significantly expanded following extensive input from advocates, stakeholders and lawmakers. But there was also subtext: the majority leader seemed to leave the door open for his bill’s provisions serving as a jumping off point for alternative, scaled-down cannabis reform legislation that could pass by the year’s end. Of course, he touted the the new broad legalization bill itself and provided an overview of the various components—from its emphasis on equity to its inclusion of public health and safety measures. “It is time that Congress catches up with the rest of the country,” Schumer said, adding that “this bill provides the best framework for updating our cannabis laws and reversing decades of harm inflicted by the war on drugs.” “I’ve had many productive conversations with my Republican and Democratic colleagues about cannabis reform,” he said. “And I look forward to working with members from both sides of the aisle to secure support for this bill.” A first test for the legislation, which is also being sponsored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), will likely come next week at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing. Booker chairs the panel, and so it is…

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