For many who’ve long been ridiculed for their belief in the necessity of marijuana legalization, the tide is turning. No longer are they being shunned behind their backs by friends and family, nor are they being forced to court third and fourth party candidates for support.
No, marijuana legalization at the national level feels almost as though it’s a foregone conclusion as this point, and a pack of Senators is looking to push the possibility over the edge.
Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, plan to reveal a draft bill Wednesday to end the federal prohibition on marijuana — a move that comes as 18 states have already legalized pot for recreational use.
“The Senate has to catch up with the American people,” Schumer said.
President Joe Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level and expunging convictions, as well as rescheduling it as a Schedule II drug so it can be more easily studied, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in April. Biden supports leaving decisions about legalizing recreational pot to the states, she said.
The news comes as 18 states have already passed legislation that legalized recreational marijuana use, and over a dozen more allow for some form of “decriminalized” pot. And, in those states, the results have been overwhelmingly positive in a myriad of ways.
Now, maybe the old-school legalize movement’s movers and shakers can return without the shame and guilt of their earlier efforts.