The prominent U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday that he will introduce a bill aimed at removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act altogether.
Schumer, who is a Democratic Senate Minority Leader, was an avid marijuana opponent. His announcement is showing another sign that the U.S. political establishment is slowing changing is the stance on cannabis.
“The legislation is long overdue,” he said in an interview with VICE News.
“I’ve seen too many people’s lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long.”
In the same day, former Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders on Thursday became the third senator to back the Marijuana Justice Act, aimed at ending the federal prohibition on marijuana.