On August 1st, the Junior Senator from New Jersey, Cory Booker, used Facebook Live to introduce a cannabis legalization bill. The Senator has been a strong voice on the Democratic side, with many speculating a run for the nation’s highest office in his future.
During the 30+ minute Facebook video, the senator speaks about the drug war’s failure and disproportionate effects on people of color and poor people in America. This shows a shift in how top politicians are approaching the cannabis issue and the drug war.
The senator directly targets old school drug warriors, like current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who believe we should be fighting the drug war harder.
At Red Eye Chronicle, we completely support the idea that cannabis should be regulated and taxed exactly like alcohol. Adults should be free to partake without fear of ruining their lives. We should not be a nation that claims the most freedom if our citizens cannot make a simple choice like this for themselves.
The caption on Senator Booker’s Facebook read as follows:
“For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders—especially for marijuana-related offenses—at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn apart families and communities, and taxpayer dollars. The effects of the drug war have had a disproportionately devastating impact on Americans of color and the poor.
Today I’m introducing the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that if passed will legalize marijuana at the federal level and go even further in an effort to remedy many of the failures of the War on Drugs. This is the right thing to do for public safety and will help reduce our overflowing prison population.
Watch below as I outline the provisions of the bill in detail. I’ll also answer many of your questions – please leave them in the comments.”