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Schumer, Senate Democrats signal new attempt at federal marijuana legalization

Top Senate Democrats circulated a letter Monday asking colleagues to sign on to an ambitious federal marijuana legalization push that also promises social justice reforms.

The letter signals Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s second attempt to pass the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act (CAOA), Politico reported.


A nearly yearlong quest by Schumer to pass an earlier version of the CAOA fizzled out in 2022 thanks in part to dissent within his own party over how much criminal justice reform to package into a federal legalization bill.

Booker, Wyden join effort

But the lead voice in demanding legalization with equity, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, signed on to Monday’s letter.

Along with Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, a leading sponsor of still-stymied federal

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