Schumer announces new legislation aimed at decriminalizing marijuana

Schumer announces new legislation aimed at decriminalizing marijuana

According to Vice News, the legislation will be introduced in the next week, and it will include taking marijuana off the Drug Enforcement Administration's controlled substance list. "I've seen too many people's lives ruined by the criminalization", Schumer says in the VICE interview.

"I'll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other", the New York Democrat told Vice News.

"I'll be introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other", Schumer, of NY, told Vice News in an interview airing Thursday evening. "Freedom." Schumer adds; "If smoking marijuana doesn't hurt anybody else, why shouldn't we allow people to do it and not make it criminal?"

"Ultimately, it's the right thing to do", Schumer said in an interview that will air at 7:30 p.m. today on Vice News Tonight on HBO.

Schumer's commitment to file marijuana decriminalization legislation comes just days after President Trump made a commitment to respect state marijuana laws, and to support efforts to change federal law.

Asked if he had ever smoked marijuana, the 67-year-old Brooklyn resident said he had not.

NY state has legalized medical marijuana and, earlier this year, Governor Cuomo launched a task force to look into legalizing recreational marijuana.