Sen. Gillibrand cosponsoring bill to legalize marijuana in the US

FILE - In this June 17, 2015 file photo, medical marijuana plants grow at LifeLine Labs in Cottage Grove, Minn. When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutors to pursue violators of federal marijuana laws, not only states that legalized recreational pot are at risk of a crackdown, but so is most of the rest of America. All but four states allow some form of medical marijuana, even Sessions’ home state of Alabama. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced she is cosponsoring legislation that would legalize marijuana in the United States.

According to the senator’s office, the legislation, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level.

It would also expunge the records of Americans who have prior marijuana convictions.

Specifically, this legislation would:

    • make marijuana legal at the federal level
    • create incentives for states to change their outdated marijuana laws
    • expunge convictions related to use or possession, and
    • create a fund that will reinvest in communities that have been most impacted by broken marijuana policies by investing in job training programs, educational opportunities, public libraries, community centers, and other programs to improve communities.

A Fox News poll found that 60 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.

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