The US is all set to decriminalize marijuana in 2018. US Senator Sen. Ron Wyden joins hands with Senator Cory Booker to co-sponsor Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, a bill that would decriminalize marijuana federally and penalize states that continue enforcing cannabis prohibition laws.
The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, was first introduced by Sen. Cory Booker in August. The Bill was drafted to remove weed from the federal list of controlled substances.
Both Booker and Wyden announced the sponsorship on Facebook Live.
“I’m thrilled that my colleague, Senator Wyden, has joined me on this groundbreaking bill,” — Booker said.
“We’ve got to get out of the war on drugs, which is really a war on people, a war on poor people, a war on a disproportionate (number) of minorities, a war on (the) mentally ill,” — he added.
Booker also hinted that his bill is focused to bring equal Justice. The bill would help Americans convicted of marijuana-related crimes retroactively expunge those offenses from their records.
“It’s long past due that we reform our nation’s deeply broken drug laws, which disproportionately harm low-income communities and communities of color. This is more than a marijuana reform bill — it’s about ensuring equal justice for all, and we won’t stop fighting until we fix our broken criminal justice system.”– he added.
Wyden said time has come to update outdated policies.
“Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are still trying to fight a 1980s drug war that is socially unjust, economically backward, and against the will of the American people,”– Wyden Said.
“It’s more important now than ever to update outdated policies, right the wrongs against communities of color, and continue our work to lift up the voices of the many Americans who are speaking out in favor of legalization.”– he added.
Marijuana Justice Act also proposes to spend at least $500 million every fiscal year from 2018 to 2040 on the reinvestment programs.