Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and former NBA player Al Harrington, who is also the CEO of cannabis producer Viola Brands, spoke with Yahoo’s Marquise Francis about federal cannabis legalization and banking reform for the industry.
The legalization of cannabis in Ohio now means that national support among Americans includes more than half the country. Francis asked Schumer why some legislators are still not on board.
In response, Schumer said many of his colleagues haven't “caught up to the times” and are still afraid of long-held fears that cannabis legalization will usher in crime and addiction.
“And guess what, none of that happened. State by state legalized. And the scare tactics of those who are opposed to legalizing marijuana sort of didn't meet the facts in these states. But you still have a lot of legislators who are still back in that world,” Schumer said.
Despite the reluctance, there is still …