The Senate's top Democrat announced Friday that he is introducing legislation to decriminalise marijuana, the first time that a leader of either party in Congress has endorsed a rollback of some of the country's oldest drug laws.
Maintain federal authority to regulate marijuana advertising like alcohol and tobacco.
It's the unofficial holiday for those who celebrate cannabis culture.
With Schumer's proposed laws, marijuana would be removed from the list of Schedule I substances. Boehner, former Republican speaker of the House announced that his "thinking on cannabis has evolved" and he's joining the board of a cannabis corporation.
In an October 2017, a Gallup public opinion poll showed 64 percent of Americans support some form of marijuana legalization - a figure up from 34 percent in 2002. That would make MI only the second state to legalize marijuana by the legislature, after Vermont did so earlier this year. Colorado voted to legalize it in 2012, and both states are enjoying the sharp increase in revenue that it has given.
But the legalization movement goes against the beliefs of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an anti-pot zealot whose views harken back to those advanced in the 1936 agit-prop flick "Reefer Madness", which depicted potheads as violence-prone maniacs and has subsequently acquired cult status for herb devotees.
"I think Louisiana is going to work to see how that works in other states and see what happens federally before they bite that bullet", Mayers said.
Schumer's move aligns him with lawmakers to his left in the Senate Democratic caucus. Sen. Cory Booker's bill to legalize marijuana and let people convicted in the past of marijuana possession get their criminal records expunged. Sen.
In 2015 Bernie Sanders, the first major-party presidential candidate to endorse marijuana legalization, became the first US senator to propose a bill repealing the federal ban on marijuana.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized the medical use of cannabis and nine states and D.C. permit the use of cannabis by adults over 21. To that end, some states like California have taken steps to rectify the racial disparagement and clear marijuana convictions that have been used as a tool to put mostly black offenders behind bars, some for decades.
Marijuana is also making health care advances this week.