Chuck Schumer: States Should Be Allowed To Legalize Marijuana

NEW YORK:  During a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Chuck Shumer (D-N.Y.) said states should be allowed to legalize marijuana and act as “laboratories” for drug policy.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” Schumer was asked by host Chuck Todd what he thinks about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) plan to allow some hospitals to distribute medical marijuana.

“It’s a tough issue. We talk about the comparison to alcohol, and obviously alcohol is legal and I’m hardly a prohibitionist, but it does a lot of damage,” Schumer said. “The view I have, and I’m a little cautious on this, is let’s see how the state experiments work.”

He added that lawmakers should view states like Colorado and Washington, who have legalized recreational pot, as “laboratories” to see if legalization could work on a larger scale.

“I’d be a little cautious here at the federal level, and see the laboratories of the states, see their outcomes before we make a decision,” he said.


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