Schumer on 4/20: Bill coming to end federal marijuana prohibition

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerRomney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage Joe Biden's disastrous 48 hours MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that a group of senators working on legislation to end the federal prohibition on marijuana is aiming to have draft legislation “in the near future.”

Schumer discussed the legislation that he’s working on with Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerCNN legal analyst knocks GOP senator over remark on Biden nominee Barnes rakes in almost 0K after Johnson enters Wisconsin Senate race Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two MORE (D-N.J.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans Manchin told White House he would back version of billionaire tax: report Democrats look to scale back Biden bill to get it passed MORE (D-Ore.) from the Senate floor on Tuesday, which he referred to as “what you might call a very unofficial American holiday, 4/20.”

“Senators Booker, Wyden and I are going to continue to work on our legislation and in the near future we hope to have a draft of a comprehensive reform effort,” Schumer said.


He added that the forthcoming bill would end the federal prohibition but also “ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations.”

“It’s time for change. I believe the time has come to end the federal prohibition on marijuana in this country,” he said. 

Schumer, who said his own thinking had “evolved,” pointed to changes to state marijuana laws across the country, including in his home state of New York, which officially legalized recreational marijuana for adults. 

Schumer vowed earlier this month  that he would move marijuana legislation even if President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE wasn’t on board. He told Politico in an interview that he wanted to give Biden “a little time to study it ... but at some point we’re going to move forward, period.” 

The bill faces an uphill path to passing the Senate because it would need 60 votes to overcome the filibuster. 

The House passed a separate bill this week that would allow banks and financial institutions to work with cannabis businesses.