By Kevin Gray
Today, on the most glorious of holidays, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) use the government new official form of communications, Twitter, to announce his plans to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana on a federal level, thus “removing the barriers to state legalization efforts.”
While nine states and Washington D.C. have officially legalized recreational use of marijuana, and 29 states have approved of use for medicinal purposes, federal laws still make it 100% illegal. In fact, since 1970, weed has been consider as harmful as harsh drugs such as cocaine, and therefor bring the same harsh penalties if you get caught with it.
“It’s time to allow states, once and for all, to have the power to decide what works best for them,” Schumer tweeted. “I have long believed that states should function as their own laboratories of democracy. My bill is a step in the right direction aimed at removing the barriers to state legalization efforts.”
How far the bill will go remains to be seen but this has to be a step in the right direction. Until the right thing happens, at least we still have 4/20. Happy Green Day!