US Senate bill would legalize marijuana for first time in over 50 years | Cannabis News | San Antonio


The US Senate introduced a bill to decriminalize marijuana.

More than 50 years after Congress made marijuana illegal, the US Senate introduced a new bill to legalize cannabis.

The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would decriminalize marijuana and allow states to create their own weed laws.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced the bill on Thursday, raising hopes that decades of cannabis prohibition and criminalization are about to end. The legislation is co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden from Oregon and Cory Booker from New Jersey.

The bill goes beyond legalization. It would also erase federal records related to cannabis and provide funds for police to combat illegal cannabis cultivation.

“As more states legalize cannabis and work to reverse the many injustices the failed war on drugs has inflicted on black, brown, and low-income people, the federal government continues to ‘behind,’ Booker said in a statement. “With strong restorative justice provisions for communities impacted by the war on drugs, support for small cannabis businesses, and the removal of federal cannabis offenses, this bill reflects expected common sense drug policy. since a long time.”

But it’s too early to tell whether the long-awaited legislation has enough support to pass. Three democrats – the senses. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire – Told Policy they cannot vote for the bill.

To pass, the bill needs the support of all Senate Democrats and 10 Republicans.

In the past two years, the United States House of Representatives has voted twice to decriminalize marijuana.

Michigan is among 19 states who legalized recreational marijuana for adults.

This story first appeared in Detroit Metro timetablean affiliate publication.

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Norman D. Briggs