From MoveOn – Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is leading the charge against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reinstatement of pre-Obama policy on marijuana. I guess Sessions is for California’s right to determine its own policies only when states rights serves his dubious purposes. Here’s what Booker has to say:
On January 1, California, Maine, and Massachusetts joined the growing list of states that legalized recreational marijuana.
Yet, Attorney General Jeff Sessions just announced that he will end the current policy of federal non-interference, so that the Justice Department could crack down on marijuana in states where it has been legalized for recreational use.
The failed war on drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders, especially for marijuana-related offenses. This has wasted human potential, torn apart families and communities, and squandered massive sums of taxpayer dollars.
That’s why I introduced the Marijuana Justice Act.
Add your name to the Marijuana Justice Act, which will remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and look to reverse the decades of failed policies that disproportionately target communities of color.
If passed into law, the Act would have an immediate impact on our criminal justice system, policing, our communities, and even the economy.
The bill would also incentivize states to change their marijuana laws if those laws are shown to disproportionately affect low-income individuals and/or people of color. The Act would be applied retroactively for those already serving time for marijuana-related offenses, providing for a judge’s review of marijuana-related sentences. That means that we could reduce our prison population—a goal that Democrats and Republicans alike have claimed to support.
State governments have, so far, led the way in reforming our failed drug policy and in beginning to fix our criminal justice system. Sessions, among his many offenses, is working actively to undermine the progress in this area.