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New Jersey Democratic sen. Cory Booker introduced legislation to end the Federal prohibition of marijuana on Thursday, connected by a series of other announced and potential Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls, including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris.
Harris’ support apparently your full cemented-scale reversal on the issue. In 2010, Harris was among a handful of members — including then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger against Proposition 19, a measure to legalize recreational marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed. Then San Francisco district attorney Harris, called ” Proposition 19 “flawed public policy.”
The move comes as polling increasingly a largely area-wide shows at the end of support for the legalization of the drug. A Fox News poll last year showed that 59 percent of voters support the legalization of marijuana-up from 51 percent in 2015, and 46 percent in 2013. Only 26 percent of the beneficiaries, that “Smoking marijuana” legal ” in the year 2001.
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“The war on drugs is not a war against drugs, there is a war on people, and people, disproportionately of color and low-income individuals,” Booker said in a statement. “The marijuana Justice Act is intended to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and make it legal at the Federal level.”
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listen to a question about a campaign event in Portsmouth, N. H., Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Booker added: “But it is not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana. We must also repair the damage as a result of reinvestment in communities that have the most damage in the war on drugs. And we need you to push the records of those who have served their time. The end we seek, is not only a legalization, it is justice.”
Booker, bill was co-sponsored not only by Harris, Sanders, Gillibrand, and Warren, but also by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Or. Jeff Merkley, D-Or. and Michael Benne, D-co.
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“Millions of American lives have been destroyed because of our broken marijuana policies, especially in communities of color and low-income communities,” Gillibrand said. “I am proud to help on the work with Senator Booker on this legislation to remedy decades of injustice, by our nation’s failed drug policy.”
Sanders added: “As I said, during my 2016 campaign, hundreds of, arrested thousands of people for marijuana possession every single year. Many of these people, disproportionately people of color, who have seen their lives negatively impacted, because they have criminal records as a result of the use of marijuana. This must change. We must put an end to the absurd situation of marijuana is considered a schedule 1 drug next to heroin. It is time to decriminalize marijuana, expunge past marijuana convictions and the end of the failed war on drugs.”
For their part, Harris echoed Booker and seemingly embraced their views changed moods on marijuana. Despite their past opposition to the legalization of the drug, the former California attorney General recently bragged that Smoking weed as a college student on the popular New York City-based radio program “The Breakfast Club” and the hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God says that you are “inhaled” by a common “a long time ago.”
Sen. Cory Booker, speaking at a house party in Nashua, NH. The Senator from New Jersey sentenced to Trump national emergency Declaration. (ROB DIRIENZO / FOX NEWS)
“I think there are a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world,” Harris added, challenge you used to listen to Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, though they do not publish their albums in Harris’ college years, while they allegedly got high.
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In co-sponsorship Booker bill on Thursday that Harris, like Booker, suggested that the prohibition of the drug a disproportionate impact on black men.
“Marijuana laws in this country were not applied uniformly, and as a result, we have criminalized the use of marijuana in a way that has led to the disproportionate incarceration of young men of color It’s time to change the said,” Harris. “The legalization of marijuana is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do, in order to promote justice and equality for all Americans.”
Warran, meanwhile, added: “marijuana should be legalized, and we should wipe clean the records of those wrongly imprisoned for minor marijuana crimes. By the prohibition of marijuana, the Federal government, the communities of color, small businesses, public health and safety at risk.”
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Last year in California, the largest legal U.S. marijuana market, Massachusetts, opened the first recreational stores on the East coast, Canada legalized it in most of the provinces, and Mexico’s Supreme court recognized the rights of individuals to use marijuana, moving the country closer to the width of legalization.
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New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to legalizing recreational marijuana, the dismissal of the public safety and health on the way to the accession of the other countries have passed similar cannabis measures.
Ten States have legalized recreational marijuana — including the three adjacent New Hampshire, while New York, New Jersey and others that are considering it this year.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.