Senator Cory Booker is reintroducing the Marijuana Justice Act—this is why it’s the most impactful weed legislation ever.
“The Marijuana Justice act seeks to reverse decades of failed drug policy by de-scheduling marijuana and lifting marijuana and lifting the federal ban on marijuana,” he explained.
Booker says that it’s great that more and more constituents are coming out in support of cannabis decriminalization, but that it’s not enough to do justice.
“We must be about restorative justice,” he said. “[The Marijuana Justice Act] is the farthest-reaching marijuana legislation bill to be introduced to Congress.”
Booker says the damage that past criminalization and prohibition must be undone—records must be expunged, and pathways to freedom must be given to those who are currently in prison for cannabis possession. He also says that we must reinvest the billions of dollars of profit that are going to be made on cannabis legalization.
The act would allow those who are currently serving time behind bars for possession offenses to petition a judge for release. It would also expunge records and reinvest in communities that have been harmed by past cannabis legislation.
The Marijuana Justice Act was initially co-sponsored by four other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates— Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.