Following the substance’s legalization in 18 states, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and his fellow Democrats plan to introduce a bill on Wednesday to end the federal prohibition on marijuana.

According to NBC News, Schumer said, “The Senate has to catch up with the American people.”

“The Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, expunge federal convictions for nonviolent marijuana offenses and establish a way to tax marijuana,” the report added.

Also, NBC News reported that Schumer, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, and Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden will sponsor the bill.

The outlet added a summary of the proposal “Says, states would still be able to decide their own laws about marijuana, the text compares proposed regulations to those for alcohol, sales of which states are free to prohibit.”

President Joe Biden “supports leaving decisions regarding legalization for recreational use up to the states,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated in April.

He supports, “rescheduling cannabis as a Schedule II drug so researchers can study its positive and negative impacts; and, at the federal level, he supports decriminalizing marijuana use and automatically expunging any prior criminal records. He also supports legalizing medicinal marijuana,” She added.

Gov. Phil Murphy a Democrat from New Jersey, delivering a campaign promise that added it as one of the latest states to approve the substance; he signed legislation legalizing cannabis for adults, in February.

Lessens the consequences for minors caught with it in their possession and the new law decriminalizes the possession of up to six ounces of marijuana.

People 21 and younger caught with less than one ounce of cannabis would be charged with a misdemeanor disorderly person’s offense, under the legalization bill.

Recently, the marijuana debate gained attention when the track star Sha’Carri Richardson from the Olympic team was suspended after testing positive for cannabis.

Last month, according to ESPN, At the U.S. Olympic trials, Richardson won with a time of 10.86 seconds, making her a gold medal contender.

However, while in Oregon for the Olympic trials, after learning that her mother had died, she had ingested marijuana, when she later said she did.

Richardson said on NBC’s “Today” show, “I want to take responsibility for my actions, I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what I’m allowed not to do, and I still made that decision.”

She said, “Not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but just, however, being in that position of my life and finding out something like that — something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted my life positively and negatively in my life when it comes to dealing with the relationship I have with my mother, so that definitely was a very heavy topic on me.”

Richardson said, “To have to go in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain — like, who, I don’t know, who are you, or who am I to tell you how to cope?”

After learning of her mother’s death, she said during the interview that she suffered “emotional panic.”

Sources: WesternJournal, NBCNews,, ESPN

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