Sen. Schumer proposes end to federal prohibition on cannabis

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (C), joined by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) (L) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), speaks at a press conference on introducing legislation to end federal cannabis prohibition at the U.S. Capitol on July 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate Democratic leader is introducing The Cannabis Administration And Opportunity Act, which will remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and begin regulating and taxing it at the federal level. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (WJW)– Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) shared his plans to end the federal prohibition on cannabis during a news conference on Wednesday.

He was joined by Sens. Corey Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to discuss the draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act. The proposal would make marijuana regulated like alcohol and tobacco. It’s still in draft form and not a formal bill.

“At long last we are taking steps in the Senate to right the wrongs of the failed War on Drugs,” Schumer said. “The Wars of Drugs has really been war on people, particularly people of color. The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would help put an end to the unfair targeting and treatment of communities of color by removing cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances.”

The draft proposes expunging criminal records for federal nonviolent cannabis offenses.

Schumer said 70 percent of Americans support the adult use of marijuana. Recreational use of cannabis is already legal in 18 states and 36 states allow it for medical purposes.

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