Chuck Schumer Claims Swift Path To Cannabis Legalization If Democrats Take Senate
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has promised to remove cannabis from the controlled substance list if Democrats take control of the U.S. Senate after Tuesday's election. In comments last week, the New York Democrat said lawmakers would pass a bill that would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.
I think we have a good chance of passing this bill, "Schumer said, according to the New York Daily News. The measure also provides support for small businesses and provides funds to support efforts to review and deport people with past marijuana convictions at the state level.
This fits with the whole movement that is now bringing equality to the police, the economy and everything else. In a way, this law is related to it, but it is in a way part of the broader movement because it is part of the movement.
Schumer made a similar pledge in an interview in September to push for marijuana reform. My commitment is that as chairman of the U.S. Senate, I will do everything I can to overturn the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act in the Senate and vote for it, "he said. The likelihood is that we will get it through, but I'm not sure we'll forget.
Justin Strekal, political director of NORML, commented on Schumer's promise to tackle cannabis reform if Democrats take control of the Senate. Schumer and his commitment to reforming our failed marijuana laws could not be more dramatic.
On one side of the aisle is Republican leader McConnell, who refuses to implement even minor reforms like the SAFE Banking Act, "Strekal said in a statement last week.
On the other side is Schumer, the Democratic leader, who now wants to force the upper chamber to consider legislation that would end the nation's cruel experiment in criminalizing marijuana. House Democrats have also pledged to implement a bill legalizing cannabis before the election. Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Punching Act (MORE), but House leaders delayed the bill's implementation after originally promising it in September to focus on a new COVID-19 relief measure. With the Senate elections just around the corner, all future marijuana policy reforms are on the ballot.
"Right now, the House is relentlessly focused on reaching a bipartisan agreement to avert a damaging government shutdown and continue bipartisan work on the COVID-19 aid bill and other key legislation," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement at the time.
MORE laws, if passed, would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and allow states to set their own guidelines for regulating cannabis. The bill would also eliminate all marijuana-related offenses and introduce a 5% commercial cannabis tax that would be invested in communities that bear the damage caused by the failed war on drugs.