Editor's Note: NPR reports that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's (D-NY) plans to introduce federal legislation to decriminalize marijuana is the latest indicator of the growing support across the political spectrum to change the way the federal government sees marijuana. The support for reform is fueled by a growing number of states that have benefited from changing their marijuana laws. "Colorado voted to legalize the drug for recreational use in 2012, and there is essentially no lingering political dispute anymore about its merits from either party there," the article states.

National Public Radio
April 20, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

Schumer's legislation would remove marijuana from the  list of scheduled substancesunder a 1970 law that classifies marijuana as dangerous as heroin for legal and regulatory purposes. It would establish funding for women- and minority-owned marijuana businesses, require more research on the drug's public health impact, and maintain federal authority to regulate commercial advertising, similar to existing regulations for tobacco and alcohol.

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