Rob Romano Apr 20, 2018, 2:08 pm

Senator Cory Booker pushes for marijuana legalization

Marijuana Justice Act seeks to remove marijuana from federal banned substances list

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HOBOKEN — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is sponsoring a bill known as the Marijuana Justice Act, which would remove marijuana from the federal banned substances list. The bill would also offer states federal funds to change laws related to marijuana, if those laws have had a disproportionate impact on low-income and minority communities.

Booker says that privileged people do not get fully held accountable when faced with an arrest for marijuana.

“We have marijuana legalization already, if you’re privileged and on college campuses because no one worries about being arrested for it,” Booker said. "And if you do get caught, you have interventions, pre-trial interventions. But if you're a teenager that's poor, from an inner city, minority — you are going to get a much different judicial system.”

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders supports Booker’s plan.

"So clearly, what we have to do is move in the direction of what a number of states and the District of Columbia have done. That is to decriminalize marijuana, which is the cause recently in Vermont, or move to the legalization," Sanders said.

When it comes to full legalization, a Stockton University poll showed that about half of New Jersey residents want to make marijuana legal, and around 45 percent are against it.

"I know people who use it, and they abuse it. So, as far as I can tell you, I would say legalize it, but definitely it needs the restrictions," a New Jersey resident said.

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