Sen. Charles Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana!

“In the past week or so, we’ve seen an unprecedented escalation of political support for marijuana law reform,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority. “It seems as if both parties may have finally realized just how popular marijuana legalization is with voters and are afraid of the other party stealing the issue.”

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Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday introduced legislation to decriminalize marijuana. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

The Senate’s top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of one of the country’s oldest drug laws.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a statement called the move “simply the right thing to do.”

“The time has come to decriminalize marijuana,” Schumer said. “My thinking — as well as the general population’s views — on the issue has evolved, and so I believe there’s no better time than the present to get this done. It’s simply the right thing to do.”

Schumer first shared his intentions Thursday in an interview with Vice News, in which he decried the negative effects of current marijuana laws, under which the drug has…

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13 thoughts on “Sen. Charles Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana!

    • Hopefully the goal of this legislation, marblenecltr, like decriminalization legislation everywhere is to shift the billions spent in law enforcement to provide treatment on demand for all drugs of addiction, including alcohol. There is a woeful lack of drug rehabilitation treatment in the US. This is what is happening in Washington and Colorado, the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. The massive tax revenues generated by legalization have also gone a long way towards funding treatment centers.

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      • Considering my well-received reply to Tubularsock, wouldn’t it be a good idea to have a way of testing for marijuana use as alcohol use is tested? I am not denying the need for treatment programs, but also consider the ease with which a stoned nation that has been deprived of good employment and left with little to do would give in to submission to those seeking power over them. We often hear, “But alcohol is a drug!” Another way of saying, “If you can get drunk, I can get stoned!” Hang a giant copy of Hogarth’s Gin Lane in your living room and enjoy. Because of those conditions, alcohol abuse was limited by law. If society wants to impose another form of reduction of one’s mental gifts and self control, at least put tests on it for reasonable limitation.

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  1. Well, in that case, they can just make this retroactive to when the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ was first initiated which resulted in the incarceration of millions of Black people who are still sitting in prisons to this very day for having had on their person, a dime bag of weed. Open the prison doors and free all who were erroneously charged, convicted and imprisoned for having had in their possession, a goddamn plant! Yeah! Let’s start there!

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  2. My personal view, troiscannabis, is that it’s mainly baby boomers seeking medicinal cannabis for cancer and other maladies of the elderly driving this evolution. Owing to their sheer size, the baby boom cohort is quite a large, powerful lobby.

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  3. Pingback: Sen. Charles Schumer introduces measure to decriminalize marijuana! | necltr

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