Democratic Senate leader announces plans to introduce bill to ‘decriminalize’ marijuana

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WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office announced Friday that he plans to introduce legislation to decriminalize pot at the federal level. “The legislation is long overdue,” the New York Democrat said in an earlier interview on VICE News. “I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail. Ultimately, it is the right thing to do.” The announcement, which came on 4/20 (slang for marijuana use), was the first time the Democratic leader has publicly advocated for removing weed from the list of Schedule 1 substances under the Controlled Substances Act, a category that includes drugs such as heroin and cocaine that are considered to have no medicinal value, great potential danger and a severe risk of abuse. The move has been repeatedly proposed in recent years by both Democratic and Republican members of Congress, though Schumer would be the first congressional leader to sponsor such a measure. The bill would not restrict the federal government’s ability to prevent trafficking from states where marijuana is legal to states where it isn’t. Democratic Senate leader announces plans to introduce bill to ‘decriminalize’ marijuana

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