Sen. Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill Is Really About Social Justice

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced game-changing legislation to amend the Controlled Substance Act (CSA). If passed, the bill would eliminate marijuana from the CSA, purge federal marijuana convictions, and punish those states that have cultivated racial inequality via marijuana-related arrests and/or incarceration.

Mindful of the damage done by the ill-conceived decades-long war on drugs, Booker’s bill – otherwise known as the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 – seeks to reverse the harm inflicted on the country’s poor and minority communities.

Similar to legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in 2015, Sen. Booker’s bill would disallow the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from overseeing a national marijuana policy and allow states to set their own laws with regards to marijuana enforcement.

Dissimilar to Sanders’ 2015 bill, Booker’s proposed amendment to the CSA would withhold critical funding from any state that has NOT legalized marijuana and demonstrates racial inequity toward marijuana arrest and incarceration rates.

Sen. Booker took to Facebook Live on Tuesday before introducing his bill to plead his case. In…

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