U.S. Senator Cory Booker calls for federal cannabis legalization

“I’m going to fight to make sure right now that this ugliness is over in our country and we do the right thing,” he said

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Responding to a question from a Facebook user this morning, Sen. Cory Booker called for an end to the federal prohibition on cannabis.

The Facebook user, Tom, asked the Democratic senator from New Jersey, “How are marijuana businesses essential, but the bill to federally legalize is sitting on the desk, so it can’t get stimulus too?”

“I cannot tell you how much I agree with you, Tom,” Booker responded. “There are people throughout this country right now who have PTSD from their military service, children falling into seizures with things like Dravet Syndrome, not able to access this drug—this lifesaving drug for some people. Enough is enough.

“We need to end this federal prohibition,” said Booker. “It’s something I’m going to fight for. This hypocrisy—these drug laws that we have that are archaic and cruel—they must end. I’m going to fight to make sure right now that this ugliness is over in our country and we do the right thing on the federal level. And our momentum is building by the way.”

In the U.S., the medical use of cannabis has been legalized in 33 states, four out of five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Recreational use has been legalized in 11 states and decriminalized in another 16 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Federally, though, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970—which defines it as “having a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use in treatment.”

Booker is the sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act, which would deschedule cannabis at the federal level and promote social equity through the expungement of prior cannabis-related convictions and other provisions.

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