Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a new bill to the Senate last week that would decriminalize and regulate marijuana at the federal level, according to this CNN report.
The federal government currently classifies marijuana on the same level as dangerous drugs – including heroin and LSD. This proposed legislation would declassify marijuana under the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing the drug and leaving states with full decision-making power on marijuana laws.
Schumer’s proposed legislation would also invest $500 million over five years into the Department of Health and Human Services for medical marijuana and THC research.
June was a productive month for the fight to federally legalize marijuana. Earlier in the month, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a bipartisan bill that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federal interference. A week later, President Trump told the media he was likely to “support” what Gardner and other members of Congress are trying to accomplish with marijuana.
“The time to decriminalize marijuana is now,” Schumer said in a press statement on June 27th. “The new Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act is about giving states the freedom to be the laboratories that they should be and giving Americans – especially women and minority business owners as well as those convicted of simple possession of marijuana intended for personal use- the opportunity to succeed in today’s economy. This legislation is simply the right thing to do and I am hopeful that the balanced approach it takes can earn bipartisan support in Congress and across the country.”