Sen. Cory Booker Introduces Bill to Legalize Marijuana Nationwide

The legislation uses federal funds to create state incentives.

August 1, 2017 12:43 pm
Sen. Cory Booker.
Sen. Cory Booker. (Getty)

New legislation incentivizes states to start lighting up, Vox is reporting. Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey introduced a bill Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. But Booker’s bill deviates from past bills because it goes a few steps further: states that disproportionately penalize low-income people and people of color with marijuana laws wouldn’t be eligible for federal funds used for jail staff or construction.

Any money not used for penalized states would be reappropriated into a “Community Reinvestment Fund” that would be set aside for job training, youth programs, and community centers in “communities most affected by the war on drugs,” according to The Hill.

Watch Booker formally introduced the bill on Facebook below.

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