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Senator Cory Booker supports federal legalization of marijuana through de-scheduling cannabis. Senator Booker has continued to be outspoken in his beliefs and has introduced bills to further the progress of marijuana reform. He also discusses the possible dangers of cannabis, supports more studies on the effects of it, and acknowledges the inequalities in the industry of marijuana.

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Sponsored Legislation

S.1689 - Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 (2017-2018)

S.1764 - CARERS Act of 2017 (2017-18)

S. 683 CARERS Act of 2015 (2015-16)

Co-sponsored Legislation

S. 2557 SUCCESS Act (2015-16)

S.3032 - STATES Act (2017-2018)


"With the assurance of Majority Leader Schumer that the HOPE Act, which will support states with grants so they can seek to expunge cannabis records, will be incorporated into this legislation on the Senate floor, I’m cosponsoring the SAFER Banking Act to begin the process of reforming our broken federal cannabis laws. This bill will take cannabis banking out of the shadows and give access to the banking system to thousands of small businesses. With the addition of HOPE, it will take a needed step toward restorative justice. For too long, our laws involving marijuana have undermined the ability for small businesses and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to succeed on a more level playing field with the wealthy and highly capitalized corporations. And for too long, the prohibition on marijuana has disproportionately targeted low-income, minority, and disadvantaged communities. Finally, we have a bill that is moving us in the right direction and making meaningful strides toward justice." (September 20, 2023)

"Even the business side of this is not as fair and equal in terms of opportunity as you would think,” he said. “And some of that is because we have failed to deschedule it—and so if you’re a woman who gets a [cannabis] license, you can’t get the capital necessary often to hold on to that license to start a business or to fund the business." (April 21, 2023).

"President Biden’s executive order is transformative for the lives of thousands of people and families harmed by our broken cannabis laws. This is a huge step forward toward a more just criminal justice system and more rational drug policy... Now it’s time for Congress and states to put an end to our failed policies by legalizing and appropriately regulating cannabis, taxing cannabis, reinvesting proceeds in communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs, and expunging criminal records for nonviolent drug offenses.” (October 6, 2022).

"As more states legalize cannabis and work towards reversing the many injustices the failed War on Drugs levied against Black, Brown, and low-income people, the federal government continues to lag woefully behind." (July 21, 2022).

"For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders - especially for marijuana-related offenses - at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn-apart families and communities, and taxpayer dollars," Booker said in a Facebook post introducing the legislation.

He added that the legislation would "legalize marijuana at the federal level and go even further in an effort to remedy many of the failures of the War on Drugs. This is the right thing to do for public safety and will help reduce our overflowing prison population."

"The so called War on Drugs has not succeeded in making significant reductions in drug use, drug arrests or violence," Booker said during an "Ask Me Anything" with Reddit users. "We are pouring huge amounts of our public resources into this current effort that are bleeding our public treasury and unnecessarily undermining human potential."



Contact Cory Booker

Email: info@booker.senate.gov

Web: https://www.flickr.com/photos/corybooker/

Phone: 202-224-3224


717 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

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