Schumer Asks for Help to Legalize Controlled Substance

( – A 2021 Pew Research Center study found an overwhelming majority, 91%, of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized for medical and recreational use. Thirty-seven states, Washington DC and several US territories have already approved the use of the drug for various reasons.

On February 10, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) wrote a letter to their Senate colleagues inviting them to give their advice about a marijuana legalization bill. They especially want help from the lawmakers who have legalized the drug in their states, calling on their expertise. The lawmakers claimed the conflict created between states legalizing the drug and the federal government continuing to criminalize it has created “confusion and uncertainty.”

Over the last several years, Republican lawmakers have come to support decriminalizing the drug. That means it wouldn’t be legal, but instead, prosecutors wouldn’t charge people with crimes for possessing it. In 2021, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced a bill to do as much and said the federal government needs to “get out of the way.” Some Conservatives believe supporting such legislation siphons younger votes away from Liberals. Former President Donald Trump supported leaving the decision up to the states and that’s how he approached it throughout his presidency.

Do you believe the federal government should legalize marijuana? Or do you think it should decriminalize it and leave the final decision up to each individual state?

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