Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) came out swinging against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session’s decision to rescind the Cole memo, which allows states to regulate cannabis. It sent the cannabis industry into confusion.
He is a strong advocate for ending the prohibition of cannabis in the United States. In 2017 Booker sponsored a bill that would allow for legal cannabis. In December, the bill gained a co-sponsor Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). His state also legalized recreational cannabis with voter approval in 2016.
“Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are still trying to fight a 1980s drug war that is socially unjust, economically backward, and against the will of the American people,” Wyden said. “I’m proud to join forces with Senator Booker to fight this administration’s attempts to shift our country into reverse when it comes to federal marijuana policy. It’s more important now than ever to update outdated policies, right the wrongs against communities of color, and continue our work to lift up the voices of the many Americans who are speaking out in favor of legalization.”
Senator Booker Fighting for Legalization
Senator Booker came out swinging against Session’s decision. On January 4 he announced he wanted to rescind the Cole memo. That sent the cannabis industry into a state of confusion and without direction. He said the “failed War On Drugs is unjust and does not make us safer.
He was recently appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Booker is expected to continue to fight for the end of cannabis prohibition.
Sessions’ determination to revive the failed War on Drugs is fiscally wasteful, morally bankrupt, unjust—and won’t make us safer. This backwards policy is wrong for America, and on the wrong side of history. https://t.co/KgoEtz3MrK
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 4, 2018
As a new member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – I will make it my mission to stand up to Jeff Sessions & President Trump.
And I won’t rest until there is liberty & justice for all. Thread ?? pic.twitter.com/lfopZFefcB
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 9, 2018
Senator Booker has been a long time champion of social justice while Mayor of Newark, New Jersey’s largest city.