NEW JERSEY- Our award for Best Use of Social Media Live Feeds could easily have been handed to an actual Senator today and we are just as amazed as you are. For a move that is this bold, and could find real success if well promoted, Democrat Senator for New Jersey Cory Booker used Facebook Live to launch an act called the ‘Marijuana Justice Act’. It’s what the people have been waiting for – an effort to end federal cannabis prohibition.
“You see these marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities — poor communities, minority communities — targeting people with an illness,” the lawmaker, a former Newark Mayor, pointed out on his Facebook Live session.
He emphasized numerous positive effects that have occurred in states which already decriminalized marijuana.
If the bill pushes through, it would legalize marijuana at the federal level and withhold federal money normally slated for building jails and prisons from certain states, states which cannabis laws have proven imprison minorities. “I have seen young teenagers getting arrested, saddled with criminal convictions for the rest of their lives,” the senator said.
Moreover, he claims that when a person is convicted of a felony marijuana charge, they have to deal with about 40,000 collateral consequences. These can include being refrained from acquiring things like business licenses, Pell Grants, public housing, food stamps. “I believe the federal government should get out of the illegal marijuana business,” the senator stated.
Despite all the sensical and community-positive claims that Sen. Booker has made, the bill seems to have little chance of being passed considering that the Congress is controlled mainly by an anti-cannabis Republican party.