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Democrats To Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana



Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he wants to legalize marijuana on a federal level. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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“Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday he plans to introduce a bill that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

Schumer told Vice News that the legislation will be released within the next week. The bill would reportedly remove marijuana from Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of controlled substances, and would give states the authority over how to regulate the drug.

“The legislation is long overdue based on, you know, a bunch of different facts,” Schumer said. “I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long.”

“If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal,” he added.
Schumer told Vice that his legislation would allow the federal government to “regulate marijuana advertising in the same way it does alcohol and tobacco” in order to ensure the industry does not target children with ads.

Schumer would not be the first Democratic senator to push for looser federal marijuana policies.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in August. That legislation would eliminate marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substance Act and require federal courts to expunge the records of Americans who have prior marijuana convictions related to use or possession.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have all expressed support for the Marijuana Justice Act. A matching bill in the House also has more than 20 cosponsors.”

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39 Comments

  1. If he was serious, he would call it CANNABIS. Marijuana is an incredibly racist term, started in the 1930's to associate cannabis with Mexicans.

  2. Please note that this is right after Bohner "evolved" on the issue. May more Republicans evolve and scare the dems silly.

  3. Trump is pro freedom as in you have the freedom to do what you want within moral reason making pot leagle will save us billions and billions because we don't have to pay to enforce it hell trump could divert some of the saved money to making the border wall

  4. When it started, I thought she was going to say she was excited that marijuana could be legalized. I was like "oh, alright then.0

  5. Decriminalize and legal are two very different things. The Libertarians have tried to introduced bills making it as legal as tea for over 30 years, but the Democrats and Republicans have shut it down every single time.

  6. He'll introduce it and the Republican Congress will pass it. And they will win the high hearts and foggy minds of the youth.

  7. This is just a play based on bernies new legislation. Rebub s do this all the time when another popular politician comes up with somthin that is super popular, that at the very least gives them somthin for them to run on.

  8. There 100% right so why do they still support the Democratic Party Will take what knowing they’re lying

  9. Hey you know how I know who's full of shit or not? I ask a state legislator, a government official, or a city employee their views on marijuana. NOW WHAT AM I GONNA DO?? How am I gonna know who's been brainwashed or not??

  10. Anyway you dice it the minority leader in the Senate introducing a bill to decriminalize cannabis is a big thing and shouldn't be taken lightly. This is a green light for cannabis for Democrats.

  11. I love how people say smoking pot does no harm. The smoke is as harmful as cigarette smoke and contains many more times the tar of tobacco – even high tar brands. Pot is much safer as an edible (but then you have the problem of slow onset , low controlbility and slow clearance).

  12. Commenting dummies don't realize their parents have been shoving drugs in them all their lives. Eat em up yum yum, retards!

  13. If the Republicans in the House and Senate will not vote the Legalize Pot, the Republicans will lose Millions of Votes.

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