Cory Booker: The ‘War on Drugs…Has Really Been a War on People’

By Staff | February 23, 2019 | 4:49pm EST
Sen. Cory Booker (Getty Images/Win McNamee)

( - Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) sent out a Tweet on Saturday condemning the War on Drugs as a “war on people” and calling for the legalization of marijuana.

“It’s not enough to just legalize marijuana at the federal level—we should also expunge records of those who have served their time, and reinvest in communities hardest hit by the failed War on Drugs—which has really be a war on people,” Booker said in his Tweet.

On Aug. 1, 2017, Booker introduced in the U.S. Senate the Marijuana justice act, which seeks to legalize marijuana and create a “community reinvestment fund” to pump federal dollars into “communities impacted by the failed War on Drugs.”

An explanation of the bill on Booker’s website says:

“The Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level. The bill would also incentivize states through federal funds to change their marijuana laws if those laws were shown to have a disproportionate effect on low-income individuals and/or people of color.

“The bill is retroactive and would apply to those already serving time behind bars for marijuana-related offenses, providing for a judge’s review of marijuana sentences."

Booker said when he introduced the bill that U.S. drug laws do not make American communities safer.

“Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said. “They don’t make our communities any safer--instead they divert critical resources from fighting violent crimes, tear families apart, unfairly impact low-income communities and communities of color, and waste billions in taxpayer dollars each year.

“Descheduling marijuana and applying that change retroactively to people currently serving time for marijuana offenses is a necessary step in correcting this unjust system,” Booker said. “States have so far led the way in reforming our criminal justice system and it’s about time the federal government catches up and begins to assert leadership.”



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