Drug legalization

Cory Booker reintroduces bill to legalize marijuana nationwide

Cory Booker.
Sen. Cory Booker. Photo: Ethan Miller via Getty Images

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced a bill Thursday that would legalize marijuana on the federal level and supersede the patchwork of 10 states and Washington, D.C. that have legalized recreational marijuana.

"The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it's been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals. The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level."
— Booker

The big picture: The Marijuana Justice Act is being co-sponsored by several of Booker's fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Scoop: John Boehner announcing lobbying group for cannabis reform

Former House Speaker John Boehner this morning will announce the National Cannabis Roundtable, an industry-funded group to lobby for cannabis reform, including changes affecting medical research, banking and taxes.

  • "As the cannabis industry grows and matures, it’s vital that we work together for a common-sense legal framework for cannabis policy,” Boehner says in a forthcoming release.

The group has seven founding companies, including Acreage Holdings, where he's on the board.

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