Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senators Cory Booker, and Ron Wyden will release draft legislation — the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act — for public comment.
The Cannabis Administration And Opportunity Act would remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances, empower states to implement their own cannabis laws, and end decades of harm to communities of color unfairly targeted in the “war on drugs.”
Founded in 1970, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is a non-profit organization that advocates for the reform of marijuana laws in the U.S.
“The days of federal prohibition are numbered,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. “These actions by Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senators Booker and Wyden reflect the fact that the supermajority of Americans are demanding that Congress take action to end the cruel and senseless policy of federal prohibition. ”
Another of NORML’s goals has been the removal of social stigma surrounding cannabis to eliminate workplace discrimination and to expunge the records of those with marijuana-related violations.
“Our main priority is to ensure that Americans who choose to responsibly consume cannabis are no longer discriminated against under the law,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “With one in eight Americans choosing to consume on a semi-regular basis, including nearly one in four veterans, we must end the practice of arresting over 500,000 Americans every year and denying countless others employment, housing, and other civic rights if we are truly to be the ‘Land of the Free’.