Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Pushing To Advance Federal Legalization of Cannabis

On the heels of his home state ending pot prohibition, Sen. Chuck Schumer wants legalization to go national.

In an interview with Politico last week, the Senate Majority Leader said he is ready to bring a marijuana legalization bill to the senate floor—whether President Joe Biden is fully on board or not.

“We will move forward,” Schumer said. “[Biden] said he’s studying the issue, so [I] obviously want to give him a little time to study it. I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will. But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.”

The Spread of Legalization in The United States

Schumer’s comments came the same week that his home state of New York legalized recreational pot use for adults 21 and older—the latest state to join a legalization trend that began in 2012, when Colorado and Washington passed measures ending prohibition on pot use. Since then, more than a dozen other states have followed suit, something Schumer said contributed to his own evolution on the matter. Despite that, marijuana remains illegal on the federal level under the Controlled Substances Act. 

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