The Legislation Would Back Women And Minority-Owned Businesses Participating In Marijuana Economy And Invest In Research To Fully Understand Effects Of Marijuana On Highway Safety And Public Health
The Legislation Would Also Authorize New Grant Program To Provide Incentives For States And Local Governments To Adopt Or Expand Expungement Or Sealing Programs For Convictions Of Possession Of Marijuana
Washington, D.C. – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and new House lead sponsor, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) announced the reintroduction of the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, legislation that would remove cannabis from the list of scheduled substances under the Controlled Substances Act, effectively implementing decriminalization at the federal level. Schumer first introduced this legislation last year.
“It’s time to decriminalize marijuana, and this bill is a critical first step,” said Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY). “The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would give states the right to make their own choices when it comes to regulation; better equip all Americans, particularly communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana’s criminalization, to participate in the growing marijuana economy; and, by incentivizing sealing and expungement programs, provide Americans with low-level marijuana convictions the opportunity to move forward.”
“For far too long, the impact of America’s repressive, archaic marijuana laws has been felt most heavily by people of color,” said Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08). “This critical effort works to correct that injustice by providing $100 million toward expungement programs and creating an investment fund for people of color and female entrepreneurs who wish to enter the lucrative legal cannabis industry. Senator Schumer should be commended for his stalwart leadership in this regard.”
Specifically, the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act would:
Leader Schumer and Rep. Jeffries today announced the reintroduction of the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act. The video can be viewed here.
A fact sheet on the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act can be viewed here. The full text of the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act can be viewed here. A section-by-section summary of the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act can be found here.
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