To Legalize Marijuana, Suddenly Chuck Schumer is Willing to Play Hardball.

The Senate Majority Leader says he’ll move forward with or without the President.

Lauren Elizabeth
3 min readApr 5, 2021
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With the newfound unilateral control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives, it should come as no surprise that Democrats have been expected to deliver on policy proposals that they would not have been able to accomplish otherwise, among them being the cancellation of student loan debt and the legalization of marijuana on the federal level. After Democrats failed to deliver on the $15 minimum wage in the Covid relief package, I’ll be the first to admit I have been very cynical about what we can come to expect from the Democrats during these two years.

That said, it appears as though facing an upcoming 2022 re-election campaign and pressure to accomplish something substantive he would not typically be under, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer seems to be shifting his approach. At least, in the rhetorical sense.

After his home state of New York finally legalized marijuana, Schumer appears to have been filled not only with a renewed sense of confidence on the issue, but a new willingness to play hardball with his fellow Democrats that is not something we would typically see from him.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx