Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his colleagues Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are working on a bill to end federal marijuana prohibition.
However, in a Senate evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, there could be significant differences between the bill progressives want and a bill that has a chance of becoming law. The gap between the ideal and the reality has split legalization supporters in Washington.
Virtually all legalization supporters, including industry groups, claim to support social justice and equity measures as part of legalization. The question dividing advocates in Washington is whether legislation like the SAFE Banking Act — which does not include any social justice elements — is worth supporting if full legalization isn’t immediately realistic.