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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 Thursday August 03 2017, @09:40AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 03 2017, @09:40AM (#548278)

    A lot more shitheads are going to start smoking pot because they think since it's legal it must be OK.

    And, then, according to your ill-informed and butt-headed logic, they will "overdose" on pot? Do you know how hard that is to do? Have you ever tried to commit suicide by excessive pot smoking? Aspirin is easier, and aceitomeitophin is way easier to OD on. So, here is an idea. I want you to go home, drink a fifth of Vodka, flavored if that helps you, and then attempt to drink a second, oh, in the space of a hour or so. It's OK, it's legal. Take a handful of Tylenol, too. But at least we will not have to read your idiotic posts on SoylentNews anymore.