Cory Booker Marijuana Bill Would Punish States For Discriminatory Enforcement


A new bill set to be filed this week by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) would:

  • Withhold federal money from states with racially disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates
  • Require courts to expunge existing marijuana convictions
  • Deschedule marijuana
  • Allow people subject to discriminatory cannabis arrests to sue states
  • Use money withheld from states with unfairly enforced marijuana laws to fund libraries and job training

The bill is titled, “The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017.”

Tom Angell, founder and chairman of Marijuana Majority, released the following statement:

“This is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress. More than just getting the federal government out of the way so that states can legalize without DEA harassment, this new proposal goes even further by actually punishing states that have bad marijuana laws. Polls increasingly show growing majority voter support for legalization, so this is something that more senators should be signing on to right away.”

The full text of the bill as prepared for introduction is available at

Marijuana Majority is dedicated to making sure the media, politicians and government officials treat marijuana as a serious issue that is important to a growing majority of Americans.

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