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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 02 2017, @07:32PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 02 2017, @07:32PM (#548075)

    the claim that MJ would make black men rape white women

    Yeah, I guess it's not MJ. Do you know what the actual cause is? Because White men do not rape Black women. There must be a cause right?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 03 2017, @09:31AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 03 2017, @09:31AM (#548277)

    But white men do rape white men. Do you like Gladiator movies, Jimmy? Would you like to see my collection of Wonder Woman comics? It will only take a few minutes . . . No marijuana required. Although, it does help.

  • (Score: 3, Informative) by Runaway1956 on Thursday August 03 2017, @02:23PM

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Thursday August 03 2017, @02:23PM (#548352) Journal

    "Because White men do not rape Black women."

    I suspect that you're going for the racist-douchebag angle with that. May I suggest that you read some history? https://duckduckgo.com/html?q=slaves%20raped%20by%20owners [duckduckgo.com] Or, maybe more specifically, https://www.ukessays.com/essays/history/rape-in-american-slavery-system-during-the-antebellum-history-essay.php [ukessays.com]

    Far more recently, was this story - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Jean_Owens [wikipedia.org]

    And, today in America - https://www.forbes.com/sites/shenegotiates/2012/04/25/black-women-sexual-assault-and-the-art-of-resistance/#7be21e8b7469 [forbes.com]

    As for you, and people like you, who claim that a white man wouldn't want a black woman - you are suffering from some severe inadequacy. You're AFRAID of those black women for some reason. And, you're also AFRAID that if white women get themselves some black dick, they'll never want to go back to you, and all your buddies with tiny little needle dicks.

    But, the fact is, a lot of white men will stick their willies into anything that they can hold down long enough to find the damned thing. (Another old joke: What do you call a 13 year old virgin in West Virginia? FAST!) Sheep, cows, horses, old grandmothers, children, just anything with a body temperature.

    And, despite your racism, admit it or not, you KNOW that there are some damned fine looking black women out there. You KNOW IT, but you feel the need to deny it.

    Get over yourself. You're not superior to anyone, anywhere, from any time. Your great-however-many-times-great grandparents wallowed in filth in Europe, and suffered the black plague. And, that's probably why so many white guys fear blacks. You read the stories of the black plague, so you hate black people - you think you'll catch their black.

    TLDR: fuck off and die, you worthless shit.