Cory Booker is calling his party’s bluff. The Democratic Senator from New Jersey introduced a far-reaching piece of legislation earlier this month that would not only legalize marijuana, but also place sanctions on municipalities that don’t right the racist wrongs of prohibition’s past and present. Booker’s bill isn’t expected to pass, but for the early 2020 presidential prospect, his firm stance on cannabis will have more important implications in years to come.
According to a report from Politico, Booker’s hardline on legalization and the racial justice that goes along with it would force the issue for his democratic primary competitors, many of whom have for years been vague on the now-demonstrative issue.
“Booker is getting a ton of fantastic press about this,’’ Tom Angell, longtime cannabis activist and chairman of the bipartisan advocacy group Marijuana Majority, said. “And other candidates will notice that and will want to say, ‘I agree — and I want to introduce a bill of my own.’”
2020’s other rumored Trump rivals, Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, have all either spoken out in favor of…