3 Democratic US senators vow to bring about marijuana reform in 2021
Sen. Cory Booker is among three top Senate Democrats vowing to work toward marijuana reform in 2021.
Booker, along with Sens. Chuck Schumer and Ron Wyden released a joint statement saying that the “War on Drugs” has been a war on the people, particularly people of color.
The proposed legislation would enact measures to help those who are being unfairly targeted. The lawmakers say that they want to end “decades of harm inflicted on communities of color.”
The senators plan to release a draft of the bill with three key points: To ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations.
New Jersey voters approved a question on the ballot in November to legalize recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and older. State lawmakers passed two bills in December – one to legalize and one to decriminalize marijuana. But both are sitting on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk unsigned.
A state Assembly committee last week tried to compromise with the governor by passing a so-called “clean-up bill,” which ensures a $50 fine for people 18-20 who are in possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana and a $100 fine for more than 1 ounce. No one under 18 who possesses marijuana would be arrested.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal has put a hold on all marijuana prosecutions until at least March.
The governor faces a Feb. 8 deadline to sign the bills.