Cory Booker Has Co-Sponsor For MMJ Bill
Cory Booker has been the most vocal when it comes to marijuana legalization in the state of New Jersey. He remains on the forefront while attempting to gain supporters for a new policy that will remove marijuana from the controlled substances list. The Marijuana Justice Act was introduced in August and as of late, has received support from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, the first Senator to officially co-sponsor the marijuana legalization bill.
Booker and Wyden appeared on Facebook Live on Monday to announce their partnership. “I’m thrilled that my colleague, Senator Wyden, has joined me on this groundbreaking bill,” Booker stated. “It’s long past due that we fix our nation’s deeply broken drug laws, which disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color. This is more than a bill—it’s about ensuring equal justice for all, and I won’t stop fighting until our criminal justice system is reformed.”
Wyden, in agreement with Booker, also emphasized on the importance of fighting for change in the era of the Trump Administration. “Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are still trying to fight a 1980s drug war," Senator Wyden proclaimed. "[It] is socially unjust, economically backward and against the will of the American people. I’m proud to join forces with Senator Booker to fight this administration’s attempts to shift our country into reverse when it comes to federal marijuana policy. It’s more important now than ever to update outdated policies, right the wrongs against communities of color, and continue our work to lift up the voices of the many Americans who are speaking out in favor of legalization.”
According to Booker's website, the Senator has intentions of removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level. It will also automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes and allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana use or possession crimes to petition a court for a re-sentencing. Along with that, Booker recognizes the importance of education and rebuilding communities.. Therefore, he aims to create a community reinvestment fund to reinvest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs and allow those funds to be invested in multiple programs such as job training and health education programs.
“Descheduling marijuana and applying that change retroactively to people currently serving time for marijuana offenses is a necessary step in correcting this unjust system,” Booker said. “States have so far led the way in reforming our criminal justice system and it’s about time the federal government catches up and begins to assert leadership.”