The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Senate

  • by NORML August 1, 2017
    Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

    Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

    Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) has introduced comprehensive marijuana reform legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017.

    The bill would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana possession; (4) allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related violations to petition the court for resentencing; (5) and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.

    Click here to watch the video of Senator Booker discussing the bill.

    “Not only is it imperative we end our failed experiment of marijuana prohibition, we must also ensure justice for those who suffered most under these draconian policies,” said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, “We applaud Senator Booker for introducing this robust legislation that would not only remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, but provide a path forward for the individuals and communities that were most disproportionately targeted by our nation’s failed war on marijuana consumers.”

    Thirty states, Washington, DC and the US territories of Guam and Puerto Rico have enacted legislation specific to the physician-authorized use of cannabis, while an estimated 63 million Americans now reside in jurisdictions where anyone over the age of 21 may possess cannabis legally. Voters overwhelmingly support these policy changes. According to a 2017 Quinnipiac University poll, 59 percent of Americans support full marijuana legalization and 71 percent believe that states, not the federal government, should set marijuana policy.

    To date, these statewide regulatory programs are operating largely as voters and politicians intended. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safetycrime ratestraffic safety, or youth use patterns. They have stimulated economic development and created hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue. Specifically, a 2017 report estimates that 123,000 Americans are now working full-time in the cannabis industry. Tax revenues from states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington now exceed initial projections. Further, numerous studies have identified an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opioid use, abusehospitalizations, and mortality.

    Click here to send a message to your Senators to urge them to support the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017


    51 responses to “The Marijuana Justice Act Introduced In Senate”

    1. TheOracle says:

      This is exactly what the United States needs!

      I wrote my Pennsylvania senators. The Democrat (Casey) would probably vote for it along party lines, but Toomey is a Republican. The thing with Pennsylvania Republicans and Pennsylvania Blue Dog Democrats is that they are holier-than-thou money grubbers. They’re motivated by MONEY yet like to say and act (in public) as if money is not their prime mover.

      If there were some sort of (small) federal tax on legal cannabis that could help the bipartisan problem solvers in Congress fix ObamaCare and give us universal coverage, the Pennsylvania Republicans at the state and federal level would love to reach into that money bag and fill their pockets with as much of it as they can and still not be noticeable, no noticeably bulging pockets.

      • Overgrowem says:

        How can you possibly suggest a Fed. tax! It would be no more than a manipulation lever. Feds need to have as few ties to the Devil’s Lettuce as possible.

        • TheOracle says:

          I can suggest a federal excise tax on cannabis because I’m not politically naive enough to think that the federal government will legalize cannabis. As foolish as it is, the federal government still has its prohibitionist levers of the IRS and DOJ, with or without a federal excise tax. Eventually, the feds will take their cut, and the low road, easiest way, is for them to add federal marijuana taxation to the TTB in the Department of the Treasury.

          Item: https://ttb.gov/

          It’s elementary. That’s how Washington, D.C. works, whether we like it or not. We don’t have a Libertarian government, obviously. Tobacco and alcohol are taxed.

        • TheOracle says:

          At about 10% of 324 million people, most Americans do Not use marijuana, yet most Americans are in favor of legalization, according to recent polling.

          So what is in legalization for all those people who don’t use marijuana? The cannabis community has been touting the tax revenues to do good in the communities in STATES where it’s legal, as well as the criminal justice savings, not even to mention the absurd effect these prohibitionist laws have on minorities by breaking up households by incarcerating the father, for example. And then these law-and-order, conservative (mostly Republicans and so-called Blue Dog Democrats who IMO are not longer limited to the South) politicians turn around and bitch about fathers needing to take responsibility in poor communities, which you can read as criticism of blacks in that regard, and then the welfare queen stereotype they like to perpetuate.



          • Bopip says:

            As someone who has MS that lives in a state with mandatory minimum sentencing of 10 yrs for marijuana possession and a pathetic excuse of a medical marijuana law. I think the hypocrisy of our government not at least allowing the sick to use marijuana under federal scheduling protocols is disgusting. If Sessions wants to go after recreational marijuana that is fine and good but for the love of God reschedule it so those of us that are desperate to have relief can have it.

            • Mark Mitcham says:

              @ Bopip,
              I am sorry to hear of your MS. Full credit to you for your fair point about the medical efficacy of cannabis. Regarding the recreational use of cannabis, I would just like to add, recreation is therapeutic! And, last I checked, recreational activities are not specifically a crime.

              Further, please remember, much like eating an orange because it is delicious yet healthy, all use of cannabis is medical, simply because of the pharmaceutical attributes of cannabis — regardless of why or how one consumes it.

        • TheOracle says:

          The Republican-controlled Congress failed multiple times to undo ObamaCare. The federal government is looking for a source of money to “fix” it and improve it. I just saw Ali Velshi on MSNBC reporting that Texas and the South are the geographical areas that need the Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) funding the most. These regions of the country seem to oppose legalization the most. But, what if there was something in legalization for them, like federal money from a federal excise tax on cannabis that is giving them the money they want to make the ACA work better and be more affordable to their cost of living?

          Legalization needs all the momentum it can get, all the support it can get. Why not try to win over folks in this way? The rich never have enough money, so Swamp Thing (Trump) is definitely going to get tax cuts for Wall Street and the rich.

          Nothing wrong with being rich, but the money for the tax cut can NOT come off the backs of folks losing their health care or from making health care so expensive their essentially priced out of the market.



    2. Juliany says:

      Signed and sent.

      The Federal government is so corrupt at this point we need to put our weight behind states rights. But this bill sets a good debate about reparations. The collateral benefits of legalized marijuana are still surfacing. And so are the damages from decades of predatory prohibition. Reparations are more likely to be received in Federal court than Congress. Until we reform campaign financing and voter supression, federal bills are gonna get cut up like swiss cheese. At the state level, marijuana prohibition has been a major force of voter supression all along. Lets prioritize states rights and sue the $#!+ out of prohibition.

    3. Mike L. Wallace Jr. says:

      Legalize marijuana to take burden off healTHCare .

    4. Mark Mitcham says:

      Trump supporters, take note: as a goal within the marijuana legalization movement, ending the racial disparity in marijuana arrests is second only to the goal of ending all marijuana arrests, everywhere.

      Black lives matter.

      That’s why the marijuana legalization community doesn’t want or need a bunch of racist Trump-rhoids selling their fascist, white-supremacist agenda among white stoners. Fuck Trump, fuck Sessions, Kid Rock, and whoever else you got lined up.

      You can join us, but check your white cracker credentials at the fucking door, or get the fuck out.

      • Pepe says:

        Calm down you racist fuck

      • Keith says:

        Wow calling others racist then turn around and use racist names yourself? Roll one up and chill out before you have a stroke.

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          @ Keith,
          It’s not racist to call out racism (like calling out Trump and his racist dumbfuck supporters.) But it is racist to vote for, and continue to support a racist politician (like that dumbfuck Trump and his cracker-ass supporters.)

      • SteveO says:

        You sick, sick person.

        Whites and trump supporters are racist?
        Take a look in the mirror to see a true

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          @ SteveO,

          Trump is a white supremacist, openly and proudly. You can’t pretend he isn’t. While other Republicans issued the racist dog-whistles during the primaries, Trump has made the subtext the text, and taken over the GOP accordingly: he knows his base are a bunch of racist pricks like you, SteveO.

          If you are white, and you support Trump, you ARE a racist, whether you admit it or not, whether you even are aware of it or not. There’s no way around it.

          So, bite me, redneck!

        • Evening Bud says:

          It’s interesting that the responses to Mark’s comment came in a wave. Sorta like the talking points du jour in the conservative media.

          • Mark Mitcham says:

            @ Evening Bud,
            We’re having a discussion, but they (right wing nut jobs) are having a marketing campaign. They’re the same goddamn way in person, too!

            • Evening Bud says:

              You’re certainly right about that. IMO, that makes them easier to argue/discuss issues with, as they become pretty predictable.

      • Sean says:

        @Mark: I just wanted to say thank you for standing up to these duplicitous Trumpsters and exposing them for the phonies that they are. I like that you don’t give an inch. When I read your posts, I don’t feel so alone. Wish more good people like you would take a stand.

    5. Paige says:

      Tn needs medical cannabis! People are dying from being denied this medicine!

    6. Sean says:

      I think Cory Booker has the best of intentions and I appreciate his efforts, but seriously, getting the Republican Congress and President Trump to say “yes” is like asking for ice water in hell.

    7. Brandy Fisher says:

      I am an epileptic with chronic migraines. After years of suffering… Marijauna is the only thing that has helped me. I would love to be able to travel again, and see family with out fear. I had to move from my home state, family, and all of my resources just so I could legally have treatment.

    8. Otis Webster says:

      Stop jailing people for it, it is not worth it.

    9. csaaphill says:

      Good about time!
      done sent the letter too Good stuff!

    10. Rachel Corey says:

      The only medicine I use that works w/o negative side effects.Please allow this bill to pass,so I can still be able to medicate w/o dangerous pharmaseuticals.This medication is working miracles for so many people,please don’t stop us from accessing a better and natural way of healing!This medication (Cannabis),is especially advantagis for children. Thank you