Schumer Helps Launch Marijuana Equity Initiative In New York After Filing Federal Legalization Bill

Schumer Helps Launch Marijuana Equity Initiative In New York After Filing Federal Legalization Bill
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Days after filing a much-anticipated federal marijuana legalization bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined advocates and community leaders in New York City on Sunday to launch a new cannabis resource center that’s meant to promote equity in the state’s marijuana market. The leader said that New York’s cannabis law, and its equity components in particular, should serve as a model for the rest of the country. But while the state’s reform move is a positive step, he stressed the need for a federal policy change in order to most effectively achieve social justice. To that end, there is overlap between the legalization law that New York enacted and his new legislation to end prohibition, Schumer said. Specifically, while both would stop cannabis criminalization, they were also crafted in a way that attempts to help people who have been disproportionately impacted by the drug war. “We’re trying at the federal level to mimic what New York has done—not just in legalization and ending criminalization but making sure social justice is an essential part of any legislation,” Schumer said at the event, adding that he and colleagues are “making some progress” in building bipartisan buy-in on marijuana reform from “conservative Republicans and libertarians.” Someone in the audience picked up on that point and said “they all smoke too.” Laughter ensued across the room, with Schumer nodding his head and saying, “Yeah, they smoke.” Watch Schumer’s marijuana comments in the video below, courtesy of Tanya Osborne: He also said pointed out that New York has a history of taking the lead on policies like labor and welfare reform, and the federal government has often followed suit. The state could similarly help usher in a new era of federal cannabis policy, he said. New York…

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