Sen. Booker introduces bill to remove marijuana from federal list of controlled substances
Sen. Cory Booker has introduced a bill to remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances.
The Cannabis Opportunity Act would ensure no one is arrested for using pot where it's legal.
It’s a move the senator says will help put an end to the unfair targeting of communities of color.
"In 2019, there were more marijuana arrests than all other violent crime arrests combined, and the majority of those were for simple possession,” says Sen. Booker. “This is a grievous reality. Lives are being destroyed every single day."
The bill would also expunge federal non-violent marijuana crimes, and allow people currently serving time in federal prison for those crimes to petition for resentencing.