Last week Senator Corey Booker took a stand against the long-winded failed War on Drugs by introducing the Marijuana Justice Act which would remove cannabis entirely from the Controlled Substances Act, legalizing cannabis on a federal level. Booker says the war on drugs has not made communities safer and has continued to discriminate against minorities despite people of all races using recreational drugs at similar rates. There's no telling how much support the bill will receive at first glance, but such reform could bring great change and tax dollars to the U.S. and it's communities.
“Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Booker said. “They don’t make our communities any safer—instead they divert critical resources from fighting violent crimes, tear families apart, unfairly impact low-income communities and communities of color and waste billions in taxpayer dollars each year.”
“This bill is the most ambitious marijuana bill we have seen in Congress,” Queen Adesuyi, policy associate at the Drug Policy Alliance, said. “Uniquely, it recognizes the fact that people of color have borne the brunt of the failed war on drugs and seeks to repair the damage done. We applaud Senator Booker for his leadership on this issue.”