Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer shocked President Joe Biden by announcing that the Democrat party will move forward with marijuana legalization with or without the President’s support.
During an interview with Politico, Schumer said, “I want to make my arguments to him [Biden], as many other advocates will. But at some point, we’re going to move forward, period.”
Biden has lagged behind most of the Democrat party when it comes to marijuana legalization and has been hesitant to support legalization.
Schumer continued saying, “The legalization of states worked out remarkably well. They were a great success. The parade of horribles never came about, and people got more freedom. And people in those states seem very happy.”
While it is unlikely this difference in opinion will become a major issue, it is still shocking that Biden has demonstrated such reluctance to legalize marijuana. Even Republicans are softening to legalization, and federal legalization could likely be a bipartisan issue.
This will be an issue worth keeping a close eye on as a protracted fight over legalization would be costly to Biden. Marijuana legalization is low on Biden’s agenda, and if it is going to happen, it needs to happen quickly.
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