Potheads everywhere are celebrating Senator Cory Booker’s most recent legislation which could end marijuana prohibition everywhere in the United States. However, the bill doesn’t end there, either, it also plans to penalize states for arrests made during prohibition.
The Marijuana Justice Act was created to rid the country of marijuana’s schedule 1 status to make it legal and to also help stop the unjust targeting of African-Americans and low-income communities which have been affected most by current legislation.
The New Jersey Senator Booker has included in the bill the ability for federal authorities to punish states that disproportionately target poor and minority communities.
“You see these marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities – poor communities, minority communities – targeting people with an illness,” Booker said in his rollout on Facebook Live, which was viewed by more than 100,000 people.
For the first time in American history, 8 states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, and because of that, Booker state that we are finally seeing the results of such legislation.
“They’re actually seeing positive things coming out of that experience,” Booker said. “Now I believe the federal government should get out of the illegal marijuana business.”
Of course, marijuana supporters nationwide are applauding the newest introduction of legislation.
“This is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress,” Tom Angell, head of the pro-legalization Marijuana Majority, said in a statement. “More than just getting the federal government out of the way so that states can legalize without DEA harassment, this new proposal goes even further by actually punishing states that have bad marijuana laws.”
If passed the legislation would automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes from people’s records and let those currently serving petition for a resentencing.
Unfortunately, many believe that the bill has no chance of actually making its way through congress. However, even if that is true, this just goes to show how far marijuana has made it just within the past ten years. What do you think, will marijuana ever be legal on the federal level? If so, how would the states react?