WASHINGTON - Sen. Cory Booker has introduced a bill in the Senate that would legalize marijuana in the US.
According to ABC station WXYZ, the measure would also establish a fund to reinvest in communities dealing with major drug issues.
The bill, introduced on Tuesday, would remove marijuana from the Schedule I drug list and would also allow courts to re-sentence people convicted of federal marijuana crimes. It would also prevent illegal aliens from being deported for marijuana offenses.
Sen. Booker made the announcement in a Facebook live post you can view HERE.
Booker's message on Facebook:
"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. The effects of the drug war have had a disproportionately devastating impact on Americans of color and the poor.
Today I’m introducing the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that if passed will 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."