Finally, last Tuesday on August 1st, a compassionate and knowledgeable Cannabis advocate and U.S. Senator, Corey Booker, introduced a new bill that proposes legalization of all Cannabis products at the Federal level. Called “The Marijuana Justice Act”, yet another bill faces the racketeers and their puppet lawmakers on the Hill.
The main objective of he bill is twofold according to Booker. The first is of course to have Cannabis (marijuana and all related products including hemp) removed from the Schedule 1 classification as a “drug” equivalent to heroin and LSD for example. The bill also would incentivize the few States to legalize the plant.
The second objective is directed more toward his constituency. Booker is very critical of the plant’s prohibition and the “War on Drugs” effect on low incomes citizens especially those of color. Booker states that for too many decades, the War on Drugs has “locked up millions of people who are non-violent drug offenders.” The proposed bill would also be retroactive in the sense that it would “expunge” earlier marijuana offenses, and it would also allow those currently imprisoned to apply for re-sentencing according to the new Federal law.
Furthermore, Federal funds available to States would be withheld for non-compliance and those funds re-directed to a “community re-investment fund” to rehabilitate, train, and provide employment services for those former prisoners who are largely comprised of “people of color”.
The proposed bill would also be retroactive in the sense that it would “expunge” earlier marijuana offenses, and it would also allow those currently imprisoned to apply for re-sentencing according to the new Federal law. Furthermore, Federal funds available to States would be withheld for non-compliance and those funds re-directed to a “community re-investment fund” to rehabilitate, train, and provide employment services for those former prisoners who are largely comprised of “people of color”.
As we all should know, there is increasing bi-partisan support for legalization of Marijuana in Congress, but not enough to get traction from similar bills in recent past introduced by Bernie Sanders (D) and another by Tom Garrett (R). And God bless our favorite ‘Libertarian Lite’ and guardian of freedom, Rand Paul (R).
These are my political heroes because I know as they do that a completely bio-sustainable Cannabis industry lowers healthcare costs born by taxpayers, provides countless jobs, and business opportunities that have been artificially suppressed for almost a century. If we could just let it happen, true medical and economic ‘miracles’ are within our reach.
“States have so far led the way in reforming our criminal justice system, and it’s about time the federal government catches up and begins to assert leadership.” – Sen. Cory Booker
What is the Marijuana Justice Act?
And then there’s the irrepressible President Trump who up until elected professed his desire to relegate medical marijuana or full legalization of the plant to the individual States like our Constitution provides. But since he chose an Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who has been very vocal and states “we should enforce all drug laws to the greatest extent”. It’s clear that he’d like to lock us all up in prison for even using it as medication. This doesn’t bode well for America’s ability to “take back our country”, much less make America great again.
Recent polls show that over 60% of Americans feel that Cannabis or “marijuana” should be legal in any of the myriad, useful, valuable forms that the plant yields. Nevertheless, the attitudes are not reflected in Congress. Hmmm…. I wonder why or how that could be if these elected officials are truly representatives of their State’s citizens?
Responding in a Q & A session following his announcement live on Facebook, Sen. Booker warned, “(Jeff) Sessions is a problem and dangerous . . . to our citizens, especially people of color.”
Never mind that 44 States have legalized at least some form of the plant… like the vitally important cannabinoid CBD (cannabidiol) which is turning the entire field of neurology on its proverbial head.
Never mind that 29 States have already legalized medical marijuana use, and 9 States (Including Washington DC no less!!) has legalized the plant for recreational use and harvest. So it’s pretty clear that we Americans have completely lost control of our Federal Government on so many levels. For any number of reasons, it appears every day that our messages, polls, and votes do not count any longer as far as the Federal government’s “Deep State” establishment is concerned. After all, they know better what’s good for us.
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