Justice and Equality

Marijuana Legalization

America’s war on drugs was a failure, and it disproportionately hurt communities of color. It’s time to finally end the federal prohibition of marijuana.

Chuck Schumer introduced the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, a historic bill to:

  • Decriminalize marijuana at the federal level
  • Expunge federal records for cannabis-related charges
  • Creates grants for small businesses in communities disproportionately hurt by the failed war on drugs
  • Funds research for research related to marijuana-impaired driving
  • Restricts cannabis marketing to minors

Stop Asian Hate

Throughout 2020, Donald Trump spewed vitriol and misinformation about Asian people, like referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese Virus.” This led to an alarming increase in hate and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that must stop. In response, Chuck Schumer helped pass the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, sponsored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), to give the Justice Department and local communities the ability to more quickly review COVID-19 hate crimes, create resources in multiple languages, report incidents and educate communities on ways to talk about COVID-19 that are not racially charged.