Cory Booker Presses Supreme Court Nominee On Marijuana Criminalization And War On Drugs

Cory Booker Presses Supreme Court Nominee On Marijuana Criminalization And War On Drugs

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) raised the issue of racial disparities in marijuana enforcement and the broader war on drugs during his questioning of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Wednesday. The senator, an outspoken advocate for cannabis reform, was making the point that those racial inequities are part of a systemic problem in the U.S. judicial system that has marginalized and often disenfranchised communities of color. “The war on marijuana—in 2017, there were more possession of marijuana arrests in America than all the violent crime arrests combined, overwhelmingly and disproportionately African American people,” he said. “My point is, you see that if a black person is not more likely to use marijuana—but they’re more likely to be convicted of a felony for it at some three-to-four times the rate [of white people]—I hope you can see that that means that they’re going to be more likely to lose other liberties, other rights, that so deeply affect their lives.” “Their voting life, their ability to raise their children when a parent has been put in a position where now, because of that felony conviction for doing things that two of the last three presidents admitted to doing, they now can’t vote, they now can’t get jobs, they now can’t get business licenses,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. “This is such a deeply affecting system that is disproportionately harming one class of citizens based upon race.” While he didn’t ask Barrett any specific questions on cannabis policy issues, the senator…

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