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When will marijuana benefit from federal legalization?

If Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has his way, the federal government could be on track to legalize marijuana. Schumer introduced a proposed piece of legislation to the Senate last month. The bill is called the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, and if it becomes law, it would take marijuana off the federal government's list of controlled substances.

Currently, marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal rules, meaning it's one of the most dangerous drugs that exists in the federal government's eyes, and it's on par with heroin in terms of its perceived danger for addiction and lack of medical uses. However, U.S. citizens across the country have easy access to medical marijuana through their state's medical marijuana programs, which leads one to question why the federal government still claims it doesn't have a medical purpose.

The Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, in addition to legalizing marijuana, would earmark $500 million to be used for medical marijuana research by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Senator Schumer described his proposed legislation as "simply the right thing to do." Several other Senators cosigned the measure, including Sens. Tim Kaine, Bernie Sanders and Tammy Duckworth. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has also told media outlets that he believed President Trump would support legislation seeking to protect states that have legalized marijuana.

Were you accused of breaking a marijuana law? State and federal punishments for marijuana drug convictions could lead to serious consequences -- even jail time. As such, you may want to plan your criminal defense carefully to ensure you put your best foot forward while navigating your defense.

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