Chuck Schumer Introduces Federal Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

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Legislation that seeks to decriminalize marijuana at a federal level will be introduced next week.

Washington, DC – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced his plans to unveil legislation aimed at decriminalizing marijuana “from one end of the country to the other,” according to his interview with VICE News.

The news outlet released a 32-second clip of the interview on Thursday afternoon, and noted that footage of the full sit-down would air on HBO Thursday night.

“I’ll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other,” he said in the clip.

“The legislation is long overdue based on, you know, a bunch of different facts,” Schumer explained. “I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long.”

According to VICE News, Schumer’s office expects the legislation to be released within the next week.

Schumer will propose the removal of marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of controlled substances, which would leave individual states to decide how they would regulate the drug from that point forward.

The legislation would allocate funding for marijuana research with regards to how it impairs driving, as well as its overall effects.

It would also provide funding for marijuana businesses owned people who are not white males.

Finally, the bill would establish “federal authority to regulate marijuana advertising in the same way it does alcohol and tobacco,” Schumer said.

He added that he believes total legalization would be “fine,” but that his main goal was to give states the power to decide what is best for its citizens.

“Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom,” Schumer said in the clip. “If smoking marijuana doesn’t hurt anybody else, why shouldn’t we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?”

You can watch the short segment of Shumer's interview in the video below:

https://twitter.com/vicenews/status/987062729776287744

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LumberFlip
LumberFlip

Finally.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

He is a racist!!! His bill discriminates against white people. RACIST!!!!!! If a republican or a conservative would introduce a bill that said people “who are not black” the media would be screaming for their head. Double standard as always.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Oh yeah and he is a sexist because he singled out males!

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

He's an idiot. He is shopping for votes.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

Anything to garner the liberal vote.

spclopr8tr
spclopr8tr

Just when I think Chucky can't say anything dumber, he once again sets a new standard. I can't think of anything more racially offensive than intentionally discriminating against white males. Where is the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Caucasian People)?

RunCop
RunCop

Stupid liberal puke...triple negative!

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Schumer stated "It would also provide funding for marijuana businesses owned people who are not white males". I am so sick and tired of these liberal leftists! Schumer is a racist and all he's trying to do is keep his butt firmly planted in office so he can continue to try and destroy this country. He has no moral character at all and he will turn on those who support him in half a heart beat if it will get him votes.

Nate69
Nate69

Absolute racist.
Dont want my tax $ going to this.
Fuck Schumer

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Nate69

I don't want my taxes paying for Narcan to save trailer park junkies. But public health is public health. Suck it up or leave.

Also, hi five for 4/20!

RiaB
RiaB

Um..... isn’t that racist

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

Around 100 people will die on 4/20 from opiate OD's while the marijuana that could prevent this remains illegal.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

And yes, Chuck is a racist and and idiot. Legalize for all to start pot businesses.

Eaglescout
Eaglescout

How about a bill designating 4/20 as a national holiday celebrating freedom.

JonSgt
JonSgt

Chucky is a typical politicians who sells out and goes with the latest fad. Look what's happening in Colorado since they made Merry Jane legal. Crimes and accidents has increased and the governor is rethinking his decision.🤔

blueriverrose
blueriverrose

it's that "white privilege" their all talking about now... white men are so privileged that even our the government makes laws that discriminates against them... I have to wonder what would happen to this country if every white male took the same 1week off work... Just think about it 1 week with no white men working... I think the country would have to shut down... I think it would be funny as hell

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@NTPD935Ret
The bill isn't racist. If anything, the bill reaches for equality. Although blacks and white use weed at approximately the same rates, blacks are about 4 times more likely to get arrested on weed charges than the whites.

All this does is even the playing field.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I'm not opposed to legalizing marijuana but I am for funding someone's business based on the color of their skin. That is like giving a job to someone simply for the color of their skin when a more qualified person gets discriminated against. I'm sure you think otherwise because that's how you all role.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
To take it the other way, shouldn't you be against a higher criminality rate for the same product based on the color of one's skin? Seems like you just glossed over that point.

A good cop would get that. You'd have to have been a cop first to be considered a good cop though. Looks like you have some work to do.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@blueriverrose
You don't know how many points society's blood pressure would drop if white men decided to take a week off.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn where I worked, the only open air drug market was in the black neighborhoods. It's not that white people don't sell drugs, it's just that they are less conspicuous. So if I was a betting man I would wager that the higher arrests of blacks are because they are selling out in the open and getting caught for it, while whites are smart enough to know that's not a good business plan.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Stop and Frisk is the reason. Corner boys don't account for a 400% discrepancy.

Also, how do you justify your statement with the rampant opioid epidemic and the relatively paltry arrests happening in the midwest?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Nice deflect. The Midwest opioid scourge though?


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