The Chronic Staff | Top Shelf News| February 23, 2021
New Jersey - Senator Cory Booking will be spearheading the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism.
However, a press release connects two marijuana bills that Sen. Cory Booking has sponsored. Nevertheless, upon being appointed, he signaled that cannabis reform would be part of his agenda. The priority is social justice and then his separate CARERS Act, which defends the state medical marijuana programs.
The announcements that the panel Booker will of course has oversight jurisdiction through numerous agencies that deal with marijuana policy and enforcement which includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.
On the other hand, Jeff Giertz, in his Twitter thread said that “Since arriving in the Senate (and long before), Booker has been one of the nation’s leading voices for reforming our broken criminal justice system. Might as well call it the subcommittee on criminal justice *reform* ya’ll. Too many reform proposals to list here but recent efforts have included the Marijuana Justice Act, the Next Step Act. And the Justice in Policing Act, introduced last summer.” Jeff is the Communications director of US Senator Cory Booker.
"Since arriving in the Senate (and long before), Booker has been one of the nation’s leading voices for reforming our broken criminal justice system"
Sen. Booker along with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden is stirring to advance legalization legislation this session, said that the nation’s “broken criminal justice system is a stain on the soul of our country, the result of decades of failed policies that have broken apart families and communities and have not made us safer.”
“The burden of this broken system has been disproportionately and dramatically borne by Black and brown Americans, and the poor. It’s past time for change,” he said. “Congress has made progress in starting to turn the tide in recent years, and now is a time of great promise.”
It continues to develop as Booker, Schumer and Wyden work on a draft legislation to end marijuana prohibition. It involved meeting with representatives of cannabis advocacy groups to gather feedback. Although, if a bill like MORE or Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act is introduced again, it is going to be expected that it will be referred to as Wyden’s Finance Committee first because that bill cleared the House last year but advocates and the lawmakers want to improve upon it this session.
There will be restrictions as advocates take part in those with cannabis convictions to get a federal permit to operate businesses related to marijuana. There will be a lot of details that will entail this merging of legislation, the people can only hope and wait.
He only backs relatively modest cannabis reforms; President Joe Biden does not fully support the legalization although advocates are hopeful on what the congressional leaders can do to influence like Senator Cory Booker.