Cory Booker Making Marijuana Legalization a Central Part of His Presidential Run

If several high-profile Democrats already running for president, and with more expected to announce their runs in the near future, it can be hard for candidates to stand out from an already crowded field. But New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is hoping cannabis will be the issue that propels him to the Democratic nomination.

Booker has made marijuana legalization a focal point in his early presidential campaign. In his first radio interview after announcing his candidacy for the 2020 election, Booker spoke about the need to legalize marijuana.

“This is a cancer on the soul of our country. Too many of our children are being shuttled into cages," Booker said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show. "It means changing our drug laws. Ending prohibition against marijuana."

Booker has introduced several marijuana-related bills in his congressional career, most famously his "Marijuana Justice Act of 2017" bill that would end federal prohibition on marijuana and work to expunge the records of people convicted of cannabis crimes in the past.

While Booker has been one of the more vocal pro-marijuana voices in the Democratic party, he's hardly alone in his support for the issue. Nearly all of the Democrats who are seen as legitimate contenders for the 2020 nomination support marijuana legalization. So many pro-marijuana voters may look at other issues to determine who they want to represent their party.

But if Booker were elected, we could definitely expect some major changes to America's marijuana laws.

(h/t SFGate)

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