New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is no fan of the War on Drugs. Earlier this year he introduced a bill that would decriminalize marijuana nationally and release prisoners who were only convicted of cannabis possession. And now he's stepping his fight up by calling the War on Drugs a "cancer."
Booker recorded a video for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, where he received an award for his efforts to fight back against America's unjust drug laws. During his message, Booker referred to the War on Drugs as a cancer to America.
“The war on drugs, our criminal justice system right now, is a cancer on the soul of our country,” Booker said. “What is happening to so many communities is so against who we say we are, a nation of liberty and justice for all.”
He mentioned that one quarter of all the imprisoned people in the world are in the United States, and said this is fundamentally opposed to the ideals America was founded on.
“I can barely sit still when I know what’s going on right now in this nation,” Booker said. “After the savage war on drugs has taken the American prison population and increased it 500 percent, how our precious resources as a society have not been poured into schools or in infrastructure, but it’s been poured into building more and more prisons to warehouse more and more potential.”
Many believe Booker will run for president in 2020 for the Democratic Party. If he does, he will certainly be one of the most outspoken candidates in favor of marijuana legalization to ever have a serious chance of making the Oval Office.
(h/t Marijuana Moment)