Top Senate Democrat backs marijuana decriminalization at federal level

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer holds up talking points from the Republican Senate tax reform bill on Capitol Hill in Washington DC Nov. 9 2017

The Top Democrat In The Senate Now Supports Decriminalizing Marijuana

Under his proposed measure, the federal government would still enforce laws against moving pot into states where it's illegal, and would still regulate advertising so it isn't aimed at children.

Schumer announced his change of position in an television appearance with VICE, pulling out a Sharpie to autograph a glass bong for the outlet's DC bureau chief Shawna Thomas.

Warren has urged President Trump to reinstate an Obama-era policy discouraging federal prosecutors from targeting individuals in the marijuana trade in states that have legalized the drug.

Removes cannabis from the DEA's list of controlled substances. Boehner, former Republican speaker of the House announced that his "thinking on cannabis has evolved" and he's joining the board of a cannabis corporation.

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Earlier this week Mr. Gardner said Mr. Trump promised him states will be free to pursue their own path on marijuana. He said "all the parade of horribles that people talked about" didn't come to fruition. Schumer told HBO's Vice News in a Thursday interview previewing his bill.

'If smoking marijuana doesn't hurt anybody else, why shouldn't we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?' Schumer asks in the broadcast segment, airing Friday night.

In 2015 Bernie Sanders, the first major-party presidential candidate to endorse marijuana legalization, became the first USA senator to propose a bill repealing the federal ban on marijuana. However, last year, a Gallup poll found that a majority of Republican voters favored marijuana legalization.

And Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah and Kamala Harris, D-Calif., sent a letter to Sessions urging the Drug Enforcement Administration to stop blocking research into medical marijuana. Meanwhile, those who are entering into the marijuana market in states that have legalized are set to make a fortune.

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Across the aisle, liberal lawmakers are likewise flocking to co-sponsor bills to roll back marijuana restrictions.

April 20, the date of Schumer's announcement, is informally celebrated as a holiday by marijuana users known as "4/20". We saw this with big tobacco and we could see it with marijuana as well.

Marijuana is also making health care advances this week.

If the bill passes, it is good news for marijuana businesses across the country.

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David Howard King recently surveyed the political landscape here in NY for legalization and concluded that the state is headed in that direction.

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