In August New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would deschedule marijuana and wipe out cannabis possession arrests around the country. Unfortunately, the bill did not receive much support after Booker introduced it. Until now.
Earlier this week Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden became the first senator to co-sponsor Booker's bill. Wyden particularly called out the Trump administration's zealotry in continuing the War on Drugs and Jeff Sessions' many statements against marijuana.
“Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are still trying to fight a 1980s drug war that is socially unjust, economically backward and against the will of the American people,” Wyden said. “It’s more important now than ever to update outdated policies, right the wrongs against communities of color, and continue our work to lift up the voices of the many Americans who are speaking out in favor of legalization.”
It's probably not too surprising that Wyden would co-sponsor the bill, considering he represents the state of Oregon, one of the first three states in America to legalize marijuana. But there are many liberal senators from around the country who've not stepped up and supported Booker's bill. Even Senator Bernie Sanders, who's about as progressive as it gets, has not co-sponsored Booker's bill.
Of course, many people believe Booker will potentially run for president in 2020 for the Democrats, So maybe Wyden's just hitching his wagon to a rising star in the party.
(h/t Senator Ron Wyden)