The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to remove cannabis from the controlled substance act and stop federal involvement with recreational U.S. states. The bill has been signed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and is picking up momentum in the U.S. Senate.
The new bill would also require the federal government to forgive prior cannabis convictions in legal cannabis states. The Marijuana Justice Act will even allow people punished by unfair cannabis convictions to file civil lawsuits,
Sen. Gillibrand and Sen. Booker believe that the war on drugs, especially cannabis, has failed the people it was meant to protect. Sen. Booker made this statement in the press release:
“Just one minor possession conviction could take away a lifetime of opportunities for jobs, education, and housing, tear families apart….The War on Drugs has been a war on people, especially people of color and low-income individuals.The Marijuana Justice Act would reverse this trend by not only legalizing marijuana, but by also helping to address the damage the War on Drugs has inflicted on communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana enforcement.”