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Schumer Wishes Marijuana Advocates ‘Happy 420’ And Says He’ll ‘Work Like Hell’ For Legalization

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wished marijuana advocates a “happy 420” on Thursday and pledged to “work like hell” to advance reform, announcing plans to refile his comprehensive federal legalization bill while continuing work on a package of more modest cannabis legislation.

He separately made a procedural move in the Senate on Thursday to bring a medical marijuana measure focused on military veterans to the floor next week.

Schumer was the keynote speaker at a special 4/20 event inside the Capitol Building, where he and other bipartisan lawmakers laid out their vision for marijuana reform in the 118th Congress.

“Look, Congress has a lot of work to do to catch up with the rest of the country,” the majority leader said. “Congress is behind the rest of the country on this issue.”

While a divided Congress with Republicans in control of the House means the task will be taller, he committed to refiling his federal legalization bill this session, hopefully with “even more Democratic support than what we had last year.”

Schumer also said that he was “disappointed” that the so-called SAFE Plus package of marijuana banking and expungements legislation he worked on last year didn’t advance, saying “we

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