Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday marked the marijuana holiday 4/20 by making the case for ending federal prohibition on the Senate floor.
In a speech, the senator said April 20 is “a very unofficial American holiday,” and the occasion is “as appropriate a time as any to take a hard look at our laws that have over-criminalized the use of marijuana and put it on a par with heroin, LSD and other narcotics that bear little or no resemblance in their effect either on individuals or on society more broadly.”
“The war on drugs has too often been a war on people, particularly people of color,” Schumer said. “Hopefully the next time this unofficial holiday 4/20 rolls around, our country will have made progress in addressing the massive over-criminalization of marijuana in a meaningful and comprehensive way.”
And to that end, the majority leader discussed efforts he’s leading alongside Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to draft a bill to federally legalize cannabis, which he said will be introduced “in the near future.”
Published: April 20, 2021
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