Senator Chuck Schumer is just as much of a polarizing figure as President Donald Trump, and today Schumer will once again raise some eyebrows as he prepares to present his plan to propose legislation decriminalizing Marijuana.

According to NPR, The Democratic Senate Minority Leader from New York plans to introduce legislation on Friday to decriminalize marijuana on the federal level, adding a high-profile advocate in the effort to decriminalize, legalize and normalize marijuana use in America.

Good or bad? You make the call

The topic of marijuana always seems to bring out the argumentative side in people.

Millions will say it is fine, while others believe it is a crazy move to make this drug legal. Either way, everyone has an opinion. Whether you agree that it should be legalized or not, one point that Schumer makes everyone should agree with. Too many people are being unlawfully jailed for having a small amount of this drug in their possession.

CNN reports that Schumer told Vice News that he has "seen too many people's lives ruined because they had small amounts of marijuana and served time in jail much too long."

He is absolutely right. Whether you believe marijuana should be legalized across the entire country or not, some people’s punishment for being caught with very small amounts just doesn't seem right.

Take Bernard Noble for example. Noble is one of America’s most famous drug war victims, and a man who lost eight years of his life that he will never get back. Back in October 2010, two New Orleans cops found Noble holding two joints, an amount that turned out to be less than three grams of pot. He was arrested and sentenced to 13 years in prison.

That seems a bit extreme! Definitely, that punishment doesn't fit the crime. According to, Noble was paroled this past February, after serving nearly eight years behind bars.

Schumer went on to add that he will be "introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level from one end of the country to the other, the legislation is long overdue."

Schumer isn’t alone in the fight

While some folks on Capitol Hill don’t want any part of what Schumer is proposing, the New York Democrat isn’t alone in his fight.

Former House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both are swaying toward the move, even if it isn’t as swiftly as Schumer. Boehner made headlines last week when he announced he was joining the board of a marijuana company and would now try to become a help advocate for legalization policies. McConnell, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, isn’t as brazen as Schumer or Boehner, but he did lean toward their direction a bit last week.

McConnell introduced legislation to permanently decriminalize hemp, which is a nonpsychoactive byproduct of cannabis.

Schumer does note that if decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level passes, states will still have their say in the matter.

His proposal "will allow each state to ultimately decide how they will treat marijuana." Which means even though it would technically become a legal substance, states can still enforce certain laws on the product.

What do you think? Should marijuana be legal all across the US? Many will argue it is no different than alcohol or other stimulants that can be purchased legally. The debate rages on.