Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) thinks it’s time to federally decriminalize marijuana because “it’s the right thing to do.” He made that statement on April 20, 2018. Three months later, on June 28, 2018, he introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act.
“The time to decriminalize marijuana is now,” Schumer stated. “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.”
Update: On May 9, 2019 Schumer along with New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries said they would be reintroducing the Act in both chambers. Jeffries called it “a phenomenal step forward for racial and economic justice.”
Schumer added, “We’ve seen with medical marijuana, the states are working. Let each state do what it wants. There’s not going to be the heavy hand of the government telling you you can’t. It’s working. Why not