The federal ban of marijuana may finally come to an end thanks to a bill submitted by New Jersey Senator,Corey Booker. The bill would deschedule marijuana with The Marijuana Justice Act, legislation that seeks to end the prohibition of the plant. If passed, the bill could potentially have far-reaching effects on both individuals and the government such as preventing deportations and creating a ” Community Reinvestment Fund ” of $500 million to invest in communities most impacted by the war on drugs,
For individuals, it could mean law enforcement spending less time and resources on raids and possession charges. For governments, it could mean more tax revenue. Another huge benefit would be the breakdown of federal barriers for cannabis research allowing for the investigation into cannabis as another option to treat pain, which would help end the opiate epidemic in America.
The Drug Policy Alliance breaks it down:
- Remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, ending federal prohibition of marijuana
- Cut federal funding for state law enforcement and prison construction if a state disproportionately arrests and/or incarcerates low-income individuals…