NORML and Booker in Linden

Friday, 04 August 2017

For Immediate Release
August 4, 2017
Justin Strekal

Senator Booker To Promote The Marijuana Justice Act In New Jersey Today
Members of NORML will stand with Senator in support of marijuana reform and justice for those impacted by prohibition 


Linden, NJ: On Friday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will hold a press conference on the steps of the Linden Municipal Courthouse to highlight his recently introduced legislation, The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act and incentivize states to end the racially disparate criminalization of marijuana consumers. Members of NORML will stand with the Senator in support of the effort. 

Linden Municipal Courthouse
301 N Wood Avenue
Linden, New Jersey 07036
Start: 12:15pm 

“Our country’s drug laws are badly broken and need to be fixed,” Senator Booker said. “They don’t make our communities any safer – instead they divert critical resources from fighting violent crimes, tear families apart, unfairly impact low-income communities and communities of color, and waste billions in taxpayer dollars each year.

“Descheduling marijuana and applying that change retroactively to people currently serving time for marijuana offenses is a necessary step in correcting this unjust system. 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.”

"Not only is it imperative we end our failed experiment of marijuana prohibition, we must also ensure justice for those who suffered most under these draconian policies," said NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri, "We are proud to stand up for Senator Booker’s robust legislation that would not only remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, but provide a path forward for the individuals and communities that were most disproportionately targeted by our nation's failed war on marijuana consumers."

More than six in ten Americans believe that the social use of marijuana should be legal for adults, according to recent nationwide polling data provided by CBS News.

The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 would:

  • Remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances making it legal at the federal level;
  • Incentivize states through federal funds to change their marijuana laws if marijuana in the state is illegal and it disproportionately arrests or incarcerates minority and poor people for marijuana-related offenses;
  • Automatically expunges federal marijuana use and possession crimes;
  • Allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison to petition a court for a resentencing; and
  • Create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs and allows the money to go towards the following programs: Job training; Reentry services; Expenses related to the expungement of convictions; Public libraries; Community centers; Programs and opportunities dedicated to youth; and Health education programs.

For more information or NORML interview requests, contact Political Director Justin Strekal at 202-483-5500 or justin@norml.org 

To contact Senator Booker's office, reach Press Secretary Kristin Lynch at Kristin_Lynch@booker.senate.gov or 202-597-4071


NORML's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high-quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

More information can be found at http://norml.org/