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Chuck Schumer is ready to push for marijuana to be legalized across the country A marijuana legalization bill in 2018
Published on April 4, 2021 2:45 AM

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Schumer: Senate Will “Move Forward” on Marijuana Legalization Regardless of Biden's Position
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is ready to use the weight of his office to push for marijuana to be legalized across the country. After New York decided to legalize marijuana earlier this week, Schumer said he is hopeful that President Joe Biden will end up coming around on the issue. But regardless of whether that happens, "at some point we're going to move forward, period," the senator from New York told Politico. Schumer, who first introduced a marijuana legalization bill in 2018, said he's working with Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Ron Wyden of Oregon on legislation.

Schumer so far isn't offering any details on what the legislation might include—"you'll have to wait and see," he said—but he did describe it as a "comprehensive bill." Once that is introduced, Schumer has vowed to sit down with people who object the move to see how they could get on board. Schumer said he is "personally for legalization" and specified that "the bill that we'll be introducing is headed in that direction." Schumer shared the Politico interview on Twitter and said he's working "to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and to repair the damage done by the War on Drugs."