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Puff, Puff, Pass: Senator Cory Booker To Introduce Bill To Legalize Marijuana

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is introducing legislation to end the federal prohibition on water pipes wholesale price for marijuana and encourage states to legalize pot. The legislation, which Booker will formally roll out later Tuesday during a Facebook event, would amend the Controlled Substance Act to eliminate marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug—a move that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

It would also try to incentivize states to legalize marijuana if their current laws have a “disproportionate arrest rate” on minority or low-income individuals. Booker’s legislation would also be retroactive and require federal courts to expunge previous marijuana-related convictions. Individuals still in jail could petition to get their sentence shortened to comply with Booker’s bill. The Hill

Booker’s legislation would also be retroactive and require federal courts to expunge previous marijuana-related convictions. Individuals still in jail could petition to get their sentence shortened to comply with Booker’s bill.

Booker’s bill is probably all just an Acrylic Pipes dream and has little to no chance of passing.  Earlier this year Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote to lawmakers  asking them not to block the Department of Justice from using funds to enforce federal marijuana laws.

 

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