Chuck Schumer says the Senate will vote to legalize cannabis

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“We’re moving forward, period.” Chuck Schumer says the Senate will vote to legalize weed, even if Joe Biden remains against it

  • Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats will legalize marijuana ‘soon’, even if President Joe Biden remains against the movement
  • “We will move forward,” Schumer told Politico. ‘I want to present my arguments to him … But at some point we move forward, period’
  • Biden is in favor of decriminalizing the drug, but not federal recreational legalization

Senate leader Chuck Schumer said Senate Democrats will legalize marijuana “ soon ”, even if President Joe Biden remains against the movement.

“We’re moving forward,” said Schumer an interview with Politico that was released Saturday. “He said he’s studying the matter, so [I] of course I want to give him some time to study it. I want to present my arguments to him, as many other advocates will do. But at some point we move forward, period. ‘

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month that Biden’s views on marijuana remain where they were during the 2020 campaign – he is in favor of decriminalizing the drug, but not federal recreational legalization.

Majority Leader in the Senate Chuck Schumer

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

Senate leader Chuck Schumer (left) told Politico that he plans to have the Senate vote on a bill that would essentially legalize marijuana, despite President Joe Biden (right) not being in favor of full legalization.

A New Yorker happily lights a joint in Washington Square Park.  Recreational marijuana has recently been legalized in New York State.  Now Senator Chuck Schumer of New York wants to pursue federal legalization

A New Yorker happily lights a joint in Washington Square Park.  Recreational marijuana has recently been legalized in New York State.  Now Senator Chuck Schumer of New York wants to pursue federal legalization

A New Yorker happily lights a joint in Washington Square Park. Recreational marijuana has recently been legalized in New York State. Now Senator Chuck Schumer of New York wants to pursue federal legalization

Legalization would lift the ban on weed, while if it were decriminalized it would still be illegal, but users would not be prosecuted.

Schumer has used the term “ decriminalization ” when talking about Senate legislation, but told Politico that what he was pursuing would be in the direction of legalization.

He didn’t want to disclose the details of the bill just yet.

“I am personally in favor of legalization,” he added.

Politico asked Schumer if he was concerned that Biden would veto a bill to legalize cannabis products.

“Well, he said he’d like to see some more information on the matter,” Schumer said. ‘I respect that. I will certainly have an ongoing conversation with him and tell him how my views have evolved. And hope his will too. ‘

Before any bill ever gets to Biden’s desk, Schumer will likely need some Republican backing.

He said Democrats in the Senate would introduce a comprehensive bill and then sit down with members of both parties who object to it.

And A.) try to educate them. B.) see what their objections are. And if they have some changes that don’t disrupt the main thrust of the bill, we would certainly listen to some suggestions if that will bring more people on board, ”Schumer said. That’s not to say we’re going to throw things like scrapping records overboard – [thing that are] very important to us – just because some people don’t like it. ‘

He also argued that the difference a Democratic majority makes is that he puts the bill on the ground – something Senate Leader Mitch McConnell prevented when the Republicans were in power – so that Americans know how their home country senator votes on the matter. .

“Probably the most important power of the majority leader is the ability to put bills on the floor,” said Schumer. “And the fact that I’m going to submit a bill, and the fact that people know that sooner or later it will be voted on, that’s the big difference.”

Even if states were before, if [then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell refused to submit the bill, their senators were never challenged: “How are you going to vote?” And they might say, “Well … I don’t know.” They don’t have to say anything, ”argued Schumer. And so the fact that every member will know as soon as we put this legislation in place – not only that it has my support, but that it will take the floor to vote – will help move things forward in a very strong way. help out.’

Schumer said his own potty thinking had “evolved” when terrible predictions never came to light after states like Oregon and Colorado legalized the drug.

All opponents were talking about the parade of horrors: crime would increase. Drug use would increase. Everything would happen, ”Schumer recalled. ‘The legalization of states has gone remarkably well. They were a great success. ‘

The parade of horrors never came to pass and people were given more freedom. And people in those states seem very happy, ‘he added.

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