Sen. Cory Booker Introduces Comprehensive De-Scheduling Bill

Aug 01, 2017 , , ,

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who has been a leader in federal marijuana policy reform efforts, introduced one of the most comprehensive bills to date to end federal prohibition and work to alleviate some of the harms caused by bad state marijuana laws and racially disparate enforcement.

Politico reports:

The bill would remove the federal prohibition on marijuana and withhold federal money for building jails and prisons, along with other funds, from states whose cannabis laws are shown to disproportionately incarcerate minorities.

Under the legislation, federal convictions for marijuana use and possession would be expunged and prisoners serving time for a marijuana offense would be entitled to a sentencing hearing.

Those “aggrieved” by a disproportionate arrest or imprisonment rate would be able to sue, according to the bill. And a Community Reinvestment Fund would be established to “reinvest in communities most affected by the war on drugs” for everything from re-entry programs to public libraries.

Please take a moment to call Sen. Booker’s office at (202) 224-3224 and thank him for helping undo the damage done by the government’s war on marijuana.

20 responses to “Sen. Cory Booker Introduces Comprehensive De-Scheduling Bill”

    • Everyone was against it at one time or another for whatever reason, well unless your parents regularly smoked it when you were young. Brad, your quality of life is worth more than some bureaucrats ultra conservative opinion. You should either say to hell with the law and do it in the comfort of your home or just move and figure it out later. Life is too short brother. Make the call.

  1. I know one state that will be one of the last I’m sure, and it’s mine!!! So frustrated! I’ve been an intractable pain syndrome patient for over 10 years now. I’ve had numerous surgeries, devices implanted, and of course the meds for years with no real relief. I was also one who was really against mj for a really long time until a few years ago when I finally opened my eyes and did my own research. Finally, I went to a neighboring state with the support and help of my family where it is legal and gave it a try. Now, I’m looking some what seriously about moving there. That’s really sad I think, but what else can I do but wait in pain for our legislators to pull their heads out and make it legal here. It works so much better than all the meds that I’m on, and its not even close!!

    • Before you move, Brad, I encourage you to connect with NORML & send letters with your story to every Representative & Senator in your state. Then go a step farther & call them. If possible, meet with as many as you can. Because it’s folks like you they want/need to hear from! Pre-printed letters open the door but I’ve been told what our representatives hear loudest is our PERSONAL stories; that’s what brings change. Running to a legal state will help you but you can help so many more by staying at least long enough to get your current legislators avid attention so many more who can’t move will be helped!

      • Sorry, if I offended anyone with my comment/ statement. I can see how someone who fought for this for a long time could see me as an asshole especially since it affects me personally for my needs, but i have contacted my legislators with little response so far. Earl, I just figured with Nebraska’s law suit in all, they would end up being last, but we’ll see. I guess the reason I was against it was because I saw first hand what drugs can do to someone and the violent behavior that came with it as my older brother was a drug addict for most of my school years. But, i realized a lot sooner then i was able to admit that it wasn’t just mj and was partly about money and withdrawls. But after I started reading about mj I realized the potential it could bring to millions of people. Like I said, it’s not even close comparing the drugs I take and what mj does for me. Here’s hoping!

        • Brad, I hope you won’t give up trying. I was told by a congressmans secretary that telling our story & those of our friends & family is what makes them listen. Don’t give up. Connect w every activist group & write more letters, make more calls, & then next week do it again!! It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. Imagine the feeling you can have knowing your voice counts for change in your state; it can happen. Talk to others, encourage them to do the same. You aren’t an a–h—. You’re someone who needs the benefit of this plant it just took getting to where you are to realize you were sold a bill of goods like the rest of us. Now, get busy & get the truth out there!! You may be the one link that makes it all come together!

  2. I feel that legislation is too little too late. On the other hand, living in Colorado, I have seen the PROFIT that can be made in the Cannabis trade. This profit can be used in many ways, some for education, some for scholarships, all cost effective and necessary.

  3. Sorry but my state will be the last I never was against marijuana and also have chronic pain Georgia don’t have the balls to have a discussion about it must lest make it legal my doctor has to test me every 3months so I smoke 1.5 months and then quit and take the damn drugs he gives me which is almost as bad as the pain marijuana is so much better and safer never herd of anyone overdosing on marijuana it’s all about the drug company’s they own the politicians

  4. Mr. Cory Booker, Thank you! I was born in Jersey City many years ago, now live in Hi. Thanks for fighting on the right side of history!

  5. humans like brad our are best resource for change just because they have experienced the change. if sessions and his ilk would quit being so self righteous and self blinded and really really read and comprehend all data not just that of their choice, quote lady gaga is addicted unquote and she runs around in naught but cowboy boots also jeff we all might stand a better chance. adding insults would just make it easier for them to justify their fruitless opinions

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