Inside Chuck Schumer’s elusive pot bill
Earlier this month at a Capitol Hill press conference… Schumer [said] when we could expect his long-awaited bill. “It will be introduced shortly,” he said briskly.
Advocates say the legislation could be be groundbreaking. They say it includes a new provision creating a much needed fund to help more minorities and women enter the multibillion-dollar marijuana industry, while also funding research on the health effects of pot. They also say it gives the federal government control over marijuana advertising and it funds studies on impaired driving. These advocates are still trying to get Schumer to make last-minute tweaks before he drops his bill, but they’re just glad his staff has started devoting attention to it … Schumer’s bill is shaping up to be a landmark proposal because of its promise to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. It calls for decriminalizing weed federally and allowing each state to decide their own policies … Thus each state could still decide on its own to make marijuana use or possession a crime.