Cory Booker introduces a bill to legalize marijuana nationwide, with support from fellow 2020 candidates.
His co-sponsors of the bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act include fellow 2020 Democratic contenders Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Ten states and Washington, D.C., have already legalized recreational marijuana.
I follow addiction science. Pandering for votes by legalizing another “recreational” drug is nuts!
Medical use has great value.
— Daniel Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) February 28, 2019
The Marijuana Justice Act doesn’t just end the federal prohibition on marijuana—it also incentivizes states to change their marijuana laws if those laws are being enforced in a way that disproportionately impacts people of color and the poor.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 28, 2019
Booker added: “But it’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana. We must also repair the damage caused by reinvesting in those communities that have been most harmed by the War on Drugs. And we must expunge the records of those who have served their time. The end we seek is not just legalization, it’s justice.”
Booker’s bill was co-sponsored not only by Harris, Sanders, Gillibrand, and Warren, but also by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Or., Jeff Merkley, D-Or., and Michael Benne, D-Co.
“Millions of Americans’ lives have been devastated because of our broken marijuana policies, especially in communities of color and low-income communities,” Gillibrand said. “I’m proud to work with Senator Booker on this legislation to help fix decades of injustice caused by our nation’s failed drug policies.”
Added Sanders: “As I said during my 2016 campaign, hundreds of thousands of people are arrested for possession of marijuana every single year. Many of those people, disproportionately people of color, have seen their lives negatively impacted because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That has got to change. We must end the absurd situation of marijuana being listed as a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin. It is time to decriminalize marijuana, expunge past marijuana convictions and end the failed war on drugs.” More
Booker wants to legalize marijuana and his argument is because the laws are racist? Affecting minorities more? No, laws are not racist. The laws apply to everyone equally. The minorities are just busted breaking the laws more often.
Will 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls make legalizing recreational marijuana part of their national platform?