This Kirsten Gillibrand called out drug companies for fighting medical weed and now she’s co-sponsoring a bill to end federal prohibition.
To “Good Day New York,” she recently stated, “I don’t see it as a gateway to opioids. What I see is the opioid industry and the drug companies that manufacture it, some of them in particular, are just trying to sell more drugs that addict patients and addict people across the country.”
The New York Senator is joining New Jersey Senator Cory Booker in co-sponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act of 2018, which would end the federal prohibition of cannabis.
The bill was introduced in 2017 by Booker. If passed, it would remove weed from the Controlled Substances Act as well as withhold federal funding from states with racially disproportionate enforcement of cannabis laws.
“Millions of Americans’ lives have been devastated because of our broken marijuana policies. Legalizing marijuana is a social justice issue and a moral issue that Congress needs to address.” Gillibrand stated in a press release.
The bill would also require federal courts to retroactively expunge prior cannabis convictions and allow people currently serving time for cannabis crimes to petition resentencing. There’s also a companion bill in the House filed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee in January — it currently has 24 co-sponsors.