New Jersey Senator Cory Booker’s Battle for Cannabis Justice

We’ve previously written about New Jersey senator Cory Booker’s introduction of the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 which seeks to “amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marijuana, and for other purposes.” Senator Booker reiterated his stance on legalization in a video message played earlier this month at the International Drug Policy Reform Congress.

“The war on drugs, our criminal justice system right now, is a cancer on the soul of our country,” he said. “What is happening to so many communities is so against who we say we are — a nation of liberty and justice for all.”

In addition to the aforementioned Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, Senator Booker introduced a bill titled the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act earlier this year. This bill would shield medical marijuana patients and their providers from federal prosecution. Further, it would allow doctors who work for the Department of Veterans Affairs to recommend medical cannabis to veterans in states where it’s legal.

“I can barely sit still when I know what’s going on right now in this nation,” Booker said in the video message. “After the savage war on drugs has taken the American prison population and increased it 500 percent, how our precious resources as a society have not been poured into schools or in infrastructure, but it’s been poured into building more and more prisons to warehouse more and more potential.”

At The Green Solution®, we agree with Senator Booker that the federal laws governing cannabis are arbitrary at best, and unjust at worst.