2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D) has introduced a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use across the country and would expunge all previous marijuana-related federal convictions.
The New Jersey senator has made criminal justice reform and social justice issues central to his 2020 campaign.
“The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it’s been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals,” Booker said in a press release announcing the legislation.
“The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level.”
A House version of the marijuana legalization bill was introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.
The bill, known as the Marijuana Justice Act, would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, where it is currently classified as a Schedule I drug in the same class with heroin and LSD.
If passed, the bill would also expunge previous marijuana-related federal convictions.
The bill also calls for the establishment of a fund to invest in communities affected by mass incarceration due to marijuana-related arrests.
Ten states as well as Washington, D.C., have already legalized recreational marijuana.