The push to decriminalize marijuana has picked up another high-profile backer — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer — just a week after President Donald Trump endorsed letting states decide how to regulate the drug.
“I’ll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other,” Schumer, of New York, told Vice News in an interview airing Thursday evening. “I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long.”
Schumer’s backing of decriminalization adds to what has become a bipartisan effort in the Senate, led by Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, which was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana currently is legal for medicinal use in 29 states and for recreational use in eight.