LOS ANGELES – U.S. Senate Majority chief Chuck Schumer introduced laws Wednesday to legalize marijuana on the federal degree and take away marijuana from the federal record of managed substances.
“For justice and for freedom, it makes eminent, eminent sense to legalize marijuana,” Schumer introduced throughout a press convention Wednesday.
“The opponents had listed this parade of horribles — drug use will go up, crime will go up. Properly that didn’t occur. None of these parade of horribles ever occurred,” Schumer mentioned.
Since 2012, 18 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for adults over the age of 21. In the meantime, 37 states have legalized medical marijuana. Nonetheless, the drug stays unlawful underneath federal regulation.
“As increasingly more states legalize marijuana, it’s time for our federal hashish regulation to catch up,” Schumer continued.
The proposed invoice would additionally expunge federal data of nonviolent hashish offenders.
“Folks shouldn’t must stay with a legal document the remainder of their lives. Expunge these data,” Schumer mentioned.
In December, the U.S. Home of Representatives handed laws that might federally decriminalize marijuana, present varied types of aid to nonviolent federal marijuana convictions, and reinvest in communities hit hardest by the battle on medicine.
The Democratic-controlled Home voted 228-164 to move the Marijuana Alternative Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or the MORE Act. The federal hashish reform invoice was the primary of its form in both chamber of Congress.
“The passage of the MORE Act is a vital first step in ending marijuana prohibition and empowering our nation’s well being specialists to advance an evidence-based, public health-focused method to American drug coverage,” the Final Prisoner Challenge, a nonprofit devoted to drug coverage and legal justice reform, mentioned in a statement.
On the federal degree, hashish stays a Schedule I drug — together with different substances like Heroin, LSD and ecstasy. However People are more and more embracing marijuana throughout social gathering strains.
A Gallup Ballot released last month indicated that 68% are in favor of legalizing marijuana — double the approval fee in 2003.
Final November, voters accredited a collection of hashish poll measures in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota and Mississippi. Marijuana was legalized for grownup use in 15 states and medical use in 36 states.
“This will get the federal government out of the prohibition enterprise and incentives states to maneuver to legalization as many have already got,” said NORML, a nonprofit working to reform marijuana legal guidelines since 1970.
This story was reported from Los Angeles. Kelly Hayes contributed.