Schumer says it’s time to end federal cannabis prohibition
Imagine a scenario in which any state that wanted to sell orange juice had to ensure all oranges were grown and juiced within state lines.
“You would be able to give it away for next to nothing in Florida, but it would be next to gold in Massachusetts,” suggested Justin Strekal, political director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
It may sound bizarre, but this is a fitting analogy for cannabis in the U.S., where the plant still can’t be shipped across state borders. It’s just one of many idiosyncrasies that come with marijuana remaining in the same category as heroin under federal law. Those buds meanwhile are already legalized for adult use in 17 states and Washington, D.C.
According to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, it’s high time for things to change. With the Senate under Democratic control, Schumer (D- N.Y.) is vowing to introduce legislation to change marijuana’s federal status and bring the issue to a vote. He told Politico earlier this month that he’s drafting a package of reforms with Senators Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that will be introduced soon, although he did not provide a specific timeframe.