Capitol Hill initiative on marijuana reform to push forward, even without Biden’s support

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Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer promises cannabis reform, no matter what

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s cannabis efforts have not ceased and he recently indicated that he is doing everything possible to make legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level a fact. During an interview over the weekend, Schumer made it clear that he will be having a conversation with President Joe Biden about cannabis legalization to make it clear what his views on the issue are, and how they have evolved over time. Schumer said that Biden’s support would be preferred to get this legislation through, but adds that the Senate will move forward, no matter what.

“[Biden] said he’s studying the issue, so [I] obviously want to give him a little time to study it. I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will. But at some point, we’re going to move forward, period,” the Senate Democratic leader said in the interview. In addition, Schumer said that, while his thinking on federal cannabis legalization used to be negative, over time that thinking has evolved and left him understanding that such legislation is more than necessary for the country.

In fact, in 2018, Schumer became the first Democratic member to decide to step forward and begin pursuing the effort to end federal prohibition. He explained that even though it was believed that state-level legalization would increase crime, he made it clear that the opposite has been true, “state legalization worked remarkably well,” using Colorado and Oregon as examples. New York recently took a big step. After last week’s legalization of recreational marijuana for adults, Schumer’s commitment to supporting federal reform increased, and he will seek every possible way to make it happen, even if Biden does not agree.