Schumer Makes ‘Pledge’ To Tackle Federal Marijuana Decriminalization ‘Next Year’

Schumer Makes ‘Pledge’ To Tackle Federal Marijuana Decriminalization ‘Next Year’

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is making a “pledge” to keep working on federally decriminalizing marijuana in 2023 after advocates faced a series of reform setbacks this month. Speaking on the Senate floor on Thursday, Schumer acknowledged the work of a key staffer, Reggie Babin, who is departing from his office after spearheading legislative efforts to advance cannabis reform. “There are a couple of things that he didn’t get done—his goal to help us decriminalize marijuana, one of his passions because he had seen how badly it had hurt communities throughout the country,” the majority leader said. “We came close, but we didn’t make it.” However, Schumer said that it’s his “pledge” to Babin that “we’re going to continue your work and your legacy next year.” “You have built a great bipartisan coalition, and I believe we can get it done,” he said. While Schumer did produce a comprehensive marijuana legalization bill in July, alongside Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), it’s been clear that the wide-ranging legislation did not have enough support to clear the 60-vote threshold for passage in the Senate. So Schumer has worked to finalize a package of more incremental reforms, centering around cannabis banking and expungements. Advocates hoped the legislation would be attached to large-scale spending or defense bills that needed to move before the end of the session, but that did not happen, in large part because supporters faced opposition from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Republicans. The lead House sponsor of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), filed an amendment to the appropriations omnibus bill on Friday to include the reforms, but it was essentially a symbolic gesture before his retirement from Congress and he didn’t force a…

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