Sen. Cory Booker Jokes About Giving Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham Weed Brownies
What a gift!
December 20, 2018 at 10:55 pm
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) wants to send a special gift to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC).
A reporter asked Graham, chairman-elect of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about his plans to address marijuana during a press conference on Wednesday, according to Marijuana Moment. Graham ducked the question and focused on fentanyl. He said he wanted to “make it so hard to deal in fentanyl you won’t want to do it because you’re literally killing people with a little bit of a drop.”
“That’s different than marijuana,” Graham acknowledged. “So let’s look at everything, and the committee will be in business to look at everything and make some good common-sense decisions.”
Graham's pivot did not work on Booker, who thought of a particular way to congratulate him.
“I plan on sending brownies to his office to celebrate his new chairmanship,” Booker joked. An amused Graham said he wished he had some brownies "right now."
Booker, an open supporter of marijuana decriminalization, introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in 2017 according to The Washington Post. If it were to become law, the bill would decriminalize marijuana on a federal level and expunge the records of people convicted of marijuana possession.
The bill also sets aside $500 million for a reinvestment fund targeting people who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs. States with a racially disproportionate amount of marijuana arrests would be penalized.
“Descheduling marijuana and applying that change retroactively to people currently serving time for marijuana offenses is a necessary step in correcting this unjust system,” Booker said in 2017. “States have so far led the way in reforming our criminal justice system, and it’s about time the federal government catches up and begins to assert leadership.”
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