Rep. Ilhan Omar Calls for Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide

By Staff | July 1, 2019 | 3:40pm EDT
Rep. Ilhan Omar (BRENDA SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) put out a Tweet on Friday saying that marijuana should be legalized nationwide.

Her Tweet included a link to a story at about Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D.) signing a law last week that legalized “recreational” marijuana in his state.

“While states continue to legalize cannabis, we must do the same on the federal level,” Omar said.

“Let’s pass the Marijuana Justice Act, legalize cannabis, and implement restorative justice for people whose lives have been decimated by the War on Drugs,” she said.

Omar is one of the House co-sponsors of the Marijuana Justice Act. In the Senate, its principal sponsor is Sen. Cory Booker (D.-N.J.), who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. It is also co-sponsored by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D.-N.Y.), Sen. Michael Bennet (D.-Colo.) and Sen. Bernard Sanders (D.-Vt.), all of whom are seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

A press release posted on Sen. Booker’s Senate website summarizes what the Marijuana Justice Act would do.

“Beyond removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances - making it legal at the federal level - the bill would also automatically expunge the convictions of those who have served federal time for marijuana use and possession offenses, and it would reinvest in the communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs through a community fund,” says the release.

“This community reinvestment fund could be used for projects such as job training programs, re-entry services, and community centers,” it says.

“The bill would also incentivize states through the use of 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,” it says.

“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,” says the release.

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