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posted by martyb on Wednesday August 02 2017, @12:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the smoke-screen? dept.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has introduced a bill (alt) that has been described by Marijuana Majority as the most far-reaching marijuana bill ever filed in either chamber of Congress. It would legalize cannabis federally by removing "marihuana" and tetrahydrocannabinols from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. But it would go much further by withholding money from states with racially or financially disparate arrest and incarceration rates for cannabis-related crimes (effectively all states where cannabis is illegal):

The bill would legalize marijuana at the federal level and withhold federal money for building jails and prisons, along with other funds, from states whose cannabis laws are shown to disproportionately incarcerate minorities.

Under the legislation, federal convictions for marijuana use and possession would be expunged and prisoners serving time for a marijuana offense would be entitled to a sentencing hearing.

Those "aggrieved" by a disproportionate arrest or imprisonment rate would be able to sue, according to the bill. And a Community Reinvestment Fund would be established to "reinvest in communities most affected by the war on drugs" for everything from re-entry programs to public libraries.

Booker says that he will work towards bipartisan support for the bill.

Serious legalization attempt or just advertising for a 2020 U.S. Presidential Campaign?


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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Thexalon on Wednesday August 02 2017, @05:30PM (1 child)

    by Thexalon (636) on Wednesday August 02 2017, @05:30PM (#548014)

    The actual quote from America's original "drug czar", Harry Anslinger:

    There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.

    That makes it clear the fear wasn't rape, it was consensual interracial sex.

    And of course the jazz argument is just plain silly: If MJ was responsible for Louis Armstrong, then I'm all for it.

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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Wednesday August 02 2017, @06:24PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday August 02 2017, @06:24PM (#548037)

    Ah, sorry, I must have mis-remembered that. Good point.