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Booker doubles down on call for federal marijuana legalization

February 28, 2019 - 10:25 am
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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- New Jersey Senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker is reintroducing legislation to legalize marijuana on a federal level.

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Fellow Democrats with their eyes on the Oval Office; Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bernie Sanders are also onboard.

The Marijuana Justice Act would expunge the records of those who have been charged with using or possessing pot.

"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," Booker said in a statement. "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."

The bill will be introduced simultaneously in the House.

In a recent radio interview, Harris said of marijuana, "I think it gives a lot of people joy, and we need more joy."

In 2010, Harris opposed a ballot initiative that would have legalized pot in California, while she was serving as the state's attorney general. Warren opposed full-scale legalization as recently as 2012.