Schumer: Senate will act on marijuana legalization with or without Biden

They said during the 2020 election that the main thing that held them up was McConnell’s opposition to cannabis policy. But do you know or think there are other Republicans out there who support the removal of cannabis from Controlled Substances Act?

Yes. What we want to do is first introduce our comprehensive account and then sit down with people who are not in favor of either party and A) try to educate them, B) see what their objections are and if they have some modifications That doesn’t interfere with the main focus of the bill – we’d certainly listen to some suggestions if that got more people on board. That doesn’t mean we’re going to toss things like deleting records overboard – [things that are] very important to us – just because some people don’t like it.

Speaking of deletion of records, most criminal records are at the state level, not the federal level. Do you think the federal government should urge states to delete these records?

Yes.

How?

We can’t ask for it, but we can get all kinds of incentives – incentives and misdirected incentives.

With that in mind, decriminalization versus legalization is something that many people don’t fully understand. You actually told reporters yesterday that you are calling it “decriminalization” because that is what allows states to legalize it. And just to make it clear when you say decriminalization …

I am personally in favor of legalization. And the bill that we are going to introduce goes in that direction.

Will it remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act entirely?

Oh you have to wait. I don’t want to go into the details of our bill. You have to wait and see.

The Vice President sponsored the [comprehensive legalization legislation] MORE law in previous Congress. Was she even involved in these legalization talks?

We’d like to include them, but we haven’t yet.

They said the schedule for this bill is soon. Does that mean we’ll see it in the next two weeks?

I’ll stick with what I said: soon.

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