Senator Cory Booker presented Thursday a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide.
Entitled the Marijuana Justice Act, the bill is co-sponsored by other Democratic presidential nominees for the 2020 presidency, including Elizabeth Elizabeth Sense, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand.
"The war on drugs has not been a war on drugs, it is a war against the people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income people,"Booker said in a press release. "The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unjust, unfair and unsuccessful policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and legalizing it at the federal level."
In recent years, 10 states and Washington, DC, have passed laws legalizing marijuana use among adults over 21 years of age. In total, 33 states have laws that legalize drugs for medical purposes. However, the Drug Enforcement Agency still considers marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, which creates a conflict between federal and state law enforcement agencies.
California Congressmen Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee presented the House version of the Marijuana Justice Act.
President Trump offered his support in February to a separate bill introduced by Warren and Senator Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Which aims to prevent the federal government from enforcing federal drug charges in states that have legalized it.
A survey conducted in October by the Pew Research Center found that 62% of Americans now believe that marijuana should be legalized. An overwhelming majority of 74% of Millennials agree to do so.
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