Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer declared that the Senate will move forward on marijuana legalization with or without Joe Biden’s support, highlighting Biden’s lack of influence within his own party.
In a Politico interview published Saturday, Schumer indicated that Biden’s hesitation to back federal marijuana legalization won’t stop the Democrats from enacting it.
“He [Biden] said he’s studying the issue, so [I] obviously want to give him a little time to study it. I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will,” the Senate Democratic leader said. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.”
“When a few of the early states — Oregon and Colorado — wanted to legalize, all the opponents talked about the parade of horribles: Crime would go up. Drug use would go up. Everything bad would happen,” Schumer explained. “The legalization of states worked out remarkably well.”
“They were a great success. The parade of horribles never came about, and people got more freedom. And people in those states seem very happy,” he added.
Schumer’s remarks come after Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki noted on Friday that Biden “believes in decriminalizing the use of marijuana, but his position has not changed” on broader nationwide legalization.
Biden was opposed to legalizing marijuana during his presidential campaign because he “was really concerned about how [supporting legalization] could have impacted the outcome of the election.”
He even fired five White House staffers last month for using marijuana.
Schumer’s state of New York – as well as New Jersey – has recently legalized recreational marijuana this year in a bid to create “racial equity.”
“This law comprehensively addresses the harms of overcriminalization and establishes one of the most ambitious marijuana legalization programs in the nation,” said state director of the Drug Policy Alliance Melissa Moore earlier this week.
“Through this sweeping legislation, New York is delivering reforms that place community reinvestment, social equity, and justice at the core of the law.”
This is just another example of Democrats flouting Biden because they realize he doesn’t even know where he is most of the time.
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