U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and fellow Senators Cory Booker and Ron Wyden formally announced Monday that they are working together to advance comprehensive marijuana reform legislation.
Schumer talked last week about pushing for legislation that would legalize marijuana federally but allow states the freedom to choose their own direction.
In an interview with former NBA basketball player Al Harrington, Schumer also discussed directing tax revenues to minority communities most affected by the war on drugs.
Schumer, a New York Democrat; Booker, a New Jersey Democrat; and Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, all have been big advocates of federal marijuana legalization in recent years.
“In the early part of this year, we will release a unified discussion draft on comprehensive reform to ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations,” the three Senators said in a joint statement.