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Democrats Look to Legalize Marijuana This Year

Senate leaders announced steps to make recreational marijuana federally legal in 2021.

According to a recent Marijuana Moment article, marijuana reform is becoming a priority in the new Democratic Senate. Senate leaders intend to release draft legislation to begin the process of policy change on a federal level.

At the head of the effort is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, and Senator Cory Booker. The three released a joint statement saying that ending cannabis prohibition “is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country.”

On top of that, the Senators will make moves to absolve citizens who were unfairly targeted in the War on Drugs. This inflection point in the legalization of marijuana has been a long time coming. Last year, a bill to federally deschedule cannabis cleared the House, but was shot down in the GOP-controlled senate. 

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