Schumer to introduce marijuana decriminalization legislation

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer Pushes Bill To Decriminalize Weed In US Karlie Powell

And ultimately it's the right thing to do.

Marijuana could be a winning issue for Democrats this November and in 2020.

Schumer is working on the legislation himself, his office said, and is not now in the process of courting co-sponsors but has spoken broadly about the outline with other senators. "It's simply the right thing to do". He said too many people caught with small amounts of marijuana had spent too much time in jail and that current laws have had a disproportionate effect on minority communities.

"I'd be a little cautious here at the federal level and see the laboratories of the states - see their outcomes before we make a decision", Schumer added.

Vice News said Schumer plans to introduce the legislation sometime in the next week. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who endorsed a marijuana-legalization initiative in California during his 2016 presidential campaign, endorsed Booker's bill Thursday morning.

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"It's time we allow states, once and for all, to have the power to decide what works best for them", Schumer tweeted.

Schumer also told Vice News the legislation will "maintain federal authority to regulate marijuana advertising in the same way it does alcohol and tobacco". The aim, Schumer said, is to ensure that marijuana businesses aren't allowed to target children in their advertisements.

Twenty-nine states legalized marijuana for medicinal use and eight states legalized marijuana for legal for recreation.

"My personal view is legalization is just fine", he said.

We've also seen progress on federal hemp legislation as Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have joined forces with Oregon's Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to introduce a bipartisan hemp legalization bill.

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