Booker Responds To Criticism Of His Marijuana Banking Blockade Threat In Twitter Q&A

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is again making clear that he has no intention of advancing a bill to protect banks that work with marijuana businesses before the Senate approves his broader, newly unveiled measure to federally legalize cannabis. The senator—who recently released a draft version of the legislation alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR)—solicited feedback on the proposal on Twitter. But of the dozens of comments, he chose to respond to four for now, and most of those concerned marijuana banking legislation. Last week, @SenSchumer, @RonWyden & I announced a historic plan to legalize marijuana federally, expunge records & help communities hurt by the failed drug war. This afternoon I’d like to answer your questions about our plan—please ask them by tagging me or use #MarijuanaJustice. — Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 19, 2021 Booker has maintained a firm opposition to passing the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act before advancing comprehensive reform. He reiterated that point last week, saying he “will lay myself down” to block the incremental policy change before full legalization is enacted. “I’m telling you right now, if somebody tries in the Senate to do just a banking bill,” Booker said, it would only accomplish further enriching of people in a multi-billion industry without addressing the harms of the drug war. The senator’s stance was cheered by some social justice advocates who worry that a banking-only bill will bolster the industry while leaving equity concerns unaddressed and jeered by others who say that if only the incremental reform is achievable now it should be pursued while broader efforts continue. Booker responded to three questions about the controversy on Monday. The senator was pressed on the fact that there may not be enough votes in the Senate to…

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