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Senate Democrats Plan on Moving to Legalize Marijuana Later This Year

Three Democratic senators, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, released a statement announcing their intent to introduce legislation that would effectively legalize recreational cannabis use.

Three Democratic senators announced this week that they would introduce legislation that would remove marijuana from a federal list of prohibited drugs, effectively legalizing the recreational use of cannabis for adults in the United States.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) released a statement on Tuesday announcing their planned legislation, which they said will come about sometime later this year.

The legalization of marijuana was a social justice issue, the lawmakers said.

“The War on Drugs has been a war on people — particularly people of color,” the statement from the three senators read. “Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country.”

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