Senate minority leader Schumer wants to let states regulate marijuana

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York is the latest to join the federal cannabis reform bandwagon, saying he plans to introduce legislation that will remove marijuana from the controlled substances list and allow states to decide how to regulate MJ.

“Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do,” Schumer said in an interview Thursday with Vice News.

“If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?”

His bill, expected to be introduced later this month, could be similar to House Bill 1227 – aka “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” – which was introduced last year by Rep. Tom Garrett, a Virginia Republican.

Garrett’s bill has 33 co-sponsors, including 18 new ones since the first of the year.

What might make Schumer’s bill different, though, is that it will also call for funding for minority- and women-owned MJ businesses as well as cannabis research.

Schumer’s announcement comes as federal marijuana reform gets another bipartisan burst of energy:

  • President Trump last week personally expressed his support to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado of a states’ rights legislative approach, and a bill from Gardner is expected in the near future.
  • The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sponsored a hemp legalization bill that has been fast-tracked for debate in the full Senate.
  • Former House speaker John Boehner announced that he’s joined the board of a cannabis company and is also calling for federal reform.
2 comments on “Senate minority leader Schumer wants to let states regulate marijuana
  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Nice little report and summary, Marijuana Business Daily. Thank you!

    My New York senator, Chuck Schumer, can be forgiven for taking decades to ask the question: “If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?” In the early 1970s, the “National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse” asked the same question, then ruled decisively that we should NOT criminalize cannabis commerce in America (that’s precisely why NY and other states proceeded to “decriminalize”).

    The bigger questions are: How many hundreds of billions of our tax dollars have been utterly wasted since President Richard Nixon—in a fit of the most callous exercise of political power—ignored that crucial ruling? How many legitimate, tax-paying jobs have been denied to Americans in that time? How much longer must we endure this anti-“marihuana” tyranny, which was imposed on our country by the U.S. Congress way back in 1937—at the behest of one delusional and totally heartless federal bureaucrat?

    Best of luck, Chuck, conquering the obstruction of your woefully non-compassionate, brainwashed colleagues, such as Texas Rep. Pete Sessions and our clueless attorney general (unrelated to the congressman). They have no interest in realizing the infinite economic value of cannabis plants, yet they wield enormous power to block progress on this very issue.

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    • Ted Steven on

      So quick to forgive the blue team for taking (read: imprisoning) for decades, but the red team…the red team is non-compassionate and brainwashed.

      You are the reason Donald Trump is president. I bet you voted for Hillary in the primaries.

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