Cory Booker Touts Marijuana Reform Record After Being Named Chair Of Key Senate Subcommittee

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A leading voice for marijuana legalization in the Senate has been appointed to lead a key subcommittee with jurisdiction over drug policy issues—and he immediately signaled that cannabis reform would be part of his agenda. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will chair the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism. A press release on the appointment prominently touts two marijuana bills the senator has sponsored. The Marijuana Justice Act to federally deschedule cannabis and promote social justice is the very first piece of legislation cited in the release after it notes the senator’s work “championing reforms of America’s broken criminal justice system a top priority.” Also mentioned is his separate CARERS Act, which would protect state medical marijuana programs. Booker, who along with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) is moving to advance legalization legislation this session, said that the nation’s “broken criminal justice system is a stain on the soul of our country, the result of decades of failed policies that have broken apart families and communities and have not made us safer.” “The burden of this broken system has been disproportionately and dramatically borne by Black and brown Americans, and the poor. It’s past time for change,” he said. “Congress has made progress in starting to turn the tide in recent years, and now is a time of great promise.” The releases note that the panel Booker will run has oversight jurisdiction over a number of agencies that deal with marijuana policy and enforcement. That includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. The senator’s communications director also noted his boss’s marijuana work in a Twitter thread about the new chairmanship. Too many reform proposals to list here, but recent efforts…

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