Friday, September 20, 2019

Top Senate Democrat Schumer Says Marijuana Banking Bill Isn’t Enough Reform


The U.S. Senate’s top Democrat said on Thursday that Congress should go much further in enacting federal marijuana reform than just passing a cannabis banking bill.
“We need decriminalization at the federal level, criminal justice reform, and investment in opportunity for minority & women-owned small businesses,” he tweeted, noting that a number of civil rights groups are asking House leaders to hold off on a planned vote on the financial services legislation
Those organizations—the ACLU, Human Rights Watch and Drug Policy Alliance, among others—are concerned that if lawmakers pass a cannabis banking bill it will undermine efforts to pass broader legislation ending federal marijuana prohibition and taking steps to repair the harms of the war on drugs.
Schumer’s post, in which he quote-tweeted a Marijuana Moment story about a letter the organizations wrote to House leaders urging a delay on the vote, also mentioned Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who on Thursday indicated she agrees with the groups’ concerns.

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