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On April 20, Chuck Schumer, Bill to introduce marijuana decriminalization: NPR



Thirty states have legalized some form of medical marijuana. Nine of these states and Washington, D.C., allow the drug to be sold for leisure.

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Politics is not always red or blue. It has been green recently.

Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., the minority leader of the Senate, plans on Friday to introduce legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and a prominent advocate for decriminalization, legalization and normalization of marijuana use in America.

Schumers legislation would remove marijuana from the list of proposed substances under a 1

970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It would establish funding for marijuana women's and minority businesses, require more research on the public health impact on the drug, and maintain the federal authority to regulate commercial advertising, similar to existing regulations on tobacco and alcohol.

"If smoking marijuana does not hurt anyone, why should not we let people do it and not make it criminal?" Schumer told HBO Vice News in an interview on Thursday previewing his bill. To reach this point, Schumer agreed to sign a bong .

The procession comes on April 20, the unofficial holiday celebrating marijuana use and culture. It was said that code 420 was once used by the Southern California police to refer to marijuana.

Schumers support is the latest indicator of the green wave of American politics, with growing support in the political spectrum to change the way the federal government sees marijuana.

John Boehner, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, R-Ohio, made headlines a week after announcing that he joined the board of a marijuana company, he would now advocate a legalization policy and quickly reverse a lifelong opposition to the drug.