UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Entirely legal in nine states, marijuana is on its way to complete decriminalization. US Senator Chuck Schumer intends to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level.
The leader of the US Senate minority, Chuck Schumer, said Thursday he would introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana, something he says is “long overdue”.
“I saw too many lives ruined because people had spent too much time in jail,” said Senator Schumer in an interview with Vice News Tonight. “In the end, it’s the right thing to do. If smoking marijuana does not hurt anyone, why not allow people to do it and stop making it a crime?”
It could see medical and recreational dispensaries being opened in every state. Although with new online services beginning to open for business, there might no longer be a need for physical stores. Places like NuggMD telemedicine allow patients from Ohio and other states to apply for their medical marijuana card online. As some dispensaries now deliver their products as well, this will make it much easier for patients who could be suffering from severe pain or anxiety to access their medication without having to leave their home.
He intends to submit the initiative to the Senate for consideration next week. The document involves the allocation of funds to conduct studies on marijuana, as well as the regulation of marijuana advertising as well as advertising for tobacco and alcohol.
Despite the senator’s enthusiasm, his bill is unlikely to get the necessary 60 votes.
Currently, it is legal for adults over the age of 21 to smoke marijuana in nine states. Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states.