President Joe Biden has been a conspicuous outlier among Democrats when it comes to supporting marijuana legalization. But Schumer said Biden’s reticence won’t deter the Senate from taking aggressive action to loosen federal restrictions.
“I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will,” Schumer said in an interview with POLITICO this week. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.“
Schumer pointed to the decade-long experiment with state legalization as evidence that the worst fears of what would happen were overblown. “The legalization of states worked out remarkably well,“ he said. “They were a great success. The parade of horribles never came about, and people got more freedom.“
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Chuck Schumer really likes to talk about weed. And with the Senate majority in hand, the Democratic leader is ready to put together new federal marijuana reform legislation https://t.co/WDKPstgE2R
— POLITICO (@politico) April 3, 2021
While I’m delighted to finally see this, it was much, much different when I was the only Senate candidate running in the 2016 cycle to call for full weed legalization.
Legal Weed ✅ for PA https://t.co/A3S9K8Ha5K
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) April 3, 2021