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NJ Senator Introduces Bill That Could Federally Legalize Weed


NJ Senator Introduces Bill That Could Federally Legalize Weed

By Jimi Devine | CannabisNow.com

A new bill introduced by New Jersey senator Cory Booker aims to do more than remove cannabis from the Schedule I Drug list — it would remove cannabis from the Scheduled Substances List entirely.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D) recently introduced the best cannabis bill everseen on Capitol Hill — The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, which covers a plethora of cannabis issues, from federal scheduling to the disproportionate arrest rates people of color face under current policies.

If passed, the Marijuana Justice Act would remove cannabis from the list of scheduled substances, the magnitude of which is can’t possibly be overstated; it would make cannabis legal at the federal level. States would be encouraged (with federal funding) to make their policies match the new law of the land.

The bill would also withhold certain federal funding from states that continue to see racially disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates, making a reduction in racial profiling a dollars and cents issue for cash-strapped state legislatures. Additionally, those states that choose not to change their ways will be open to civil proceedings by those who feel they’ve been arrested due to discriminatory practices. The money withheld from states with unfairly enforced marijuana laws would then go to fund various programs including libraries, job training and health education programs.

And for the millions who have already fallen victim to the War on Drugs, the bill would mandate the courts to expunge convictions. People who may have been held back in the workforce (or somewhere else) over an association with cannabis will get the clean slate they deserve: The bill would include measures to fund the reentry of folks being released from prison and the costs of expunging people’s records.

Booker went on Facebook Live to discuss what he called a very important bill. He said we believe ourselves to be a nation of liberty and justice for all, but said we fall short of that ideal when it comes to our criminal justice system.

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