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Democrats Introduce Bill that Calls for Federal Legalization of Marijuana

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 07: A cannabis plant grows in the Amsterdam Cannabis College, a non profit charitable organisation that gives information on cannabis and hemp use on February 7, 2007 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The city council in Amsterdam has recently voted in favour of introducing a citywide ban on smoking marijuana in public areas. A successful trial ban in the De Baarsjes district of Amsterdam has been declared a success after a reduction in anti social behaviour. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The U.S. is one step closer to legalizing weed on a federal level.

A coalition of Senate Democrats, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, has drafted a bill that seeks to end the federal ban on marijuana, Schumer revealed Wednesday. “The Senate has to catch up with the American people,” he says.

Recreational marijuana is currently legal in 18 states. Medical marijuana is legal in 37.

How would the federal government benefit from the legalization of marijuana?

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