2020 Democrats Pushing For Legalization Of Marijuana NOW
In what appears to be a particular issue that all 2020 presidential candidates are all in favor of, a new bill is in the works for the legalization of marijuana.
The bill which was introduced by Cory Booker and supported by many soon-to-be Democratic rivals was reintroduced Thursday.
According to Fox News,
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker introduced legislation to end the federal prohibition of marijuana on Thursday, joined by a series of other announced and potential Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris.
Harris' support seemingly cemented her full-scale reversal on the issue. In 2010, Harris was among a handful of lawmakers — including then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — to oppose Proposition 19, a measure to legalize recreational marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed. Then San Francisco's district attorney, Harris called Proposition 19 a “flawed public policy.”
In a poll from 2018, support had increased for the legalization of recreational marijuana use from 51 percent in 2015 to 59 percent in 2018.
Booker made the following statement regarding the bill:
"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. 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.”
In a Facebook Live broadcast, he also made the following remarks,
"What ticks me off and gets me very angry is people talking about, 'Adult use, adult use, adult use,' but don't, in the same breath, talk about undoing the damage of an unjust system.
"The government is going to make billions off of [legalization]. And we see how governments are good at redistributing money up in our society. But what about struggling communities that have been so harmed, not just for a year, not just for 10 years, but for decades? They should get reinvestment in jobs, economic opportunity, education and more."