This week, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is set to introduce “The Marijuana Justice Act Of 2017” - a bill that could dramatically alter the course of marijuana legalization in the United States.
First and foremost, the bill would deschedule marijuana. But it goes even further than that: The bill would withhold federal money from states with racially disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates, and would use any money withheld to fund libraries and job training. Moreover, it would require courts to expunge existing marijuana convictions, and would allow those subject to discriminatory cannabis arrests to sue states.
Tom Angell, founder and chairman of Marijuana Majority, released the following statement on the bill:
“This is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress. 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. Polls increasingly show growing majority voter support for legalization, so this is something that more senators should be signing on to right away."
In other words, keep a close eye on this one. To read the bill itself, click here.