Schumer's 4/20 Plans Involve Marijuana

He plans to introduce a bill that would decriminalize the drug at the federal level
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2018 5:55 PM CDT
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pauses as he takes questions from reporters following a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Chuck Schumer will introduce a bill Friday—which is, appropriately, 4/20—to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, the Senate minority leader tells VICE News in an interview set to air in full on HBO Thursday night. "I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail, much too long. Ultimately, it’s the right thing to do. Freedom," Schumer says in a clip of the interview posted on Twitter. Slate calls it "a major development for the movement to reform drug laws," and adds that Schumer apparently signed a bong during the VICE interview. (John Boehner recently did a 180 on cannabis.)

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