Marijuana Legalization Law Reintroduced in Congress
In his latest bid to win over the hearts and minds of the left leading up to his 2020 presidential campaign, Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) has rolled out a new federal marijuanalegalization bill.
On Thursday, Booker and Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which seeks to remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, thus legalizing it on the federal level.
In addition to federal legalization, the bill would retroactively expunge the criminal records of those who had been charged with marijuana possession and allow those currently serving time for the offense to petition for re-sentencing, as well as provide job training and other resources to those convicted under marijuana possession laws.
The goal of the bill is to counteract the harmful effects that stringent drug laws have had on people of color and other marginalized communities. Other Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (D-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have also given their full-throated support of the bill, signing on as co-sponsors.
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