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Introduced to the Senate – S.1689 – The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

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Sponsor: Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]

(Introduced 08/01/2017)

Committees:Senate – Judiciary

Latest Action:Senate – 08/01/2017 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  (All Actions)

 

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Introduced in Senate (08/01/2017)

Marijuana Justice Act of 2017

This bill amends the Controlled Substances Act:

  • to remove marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols from schedule I; and
  • to eliminate criminal penalties for an individual who imports, exports, manufactures, distributes, or possesses with intent to distribute marijuana.

It prohibits and reduces certain federal funds for a state without a statute legalizing marijuana, if the Bureau of Justice Assistance determines that such a state has a disproportionate arrest rate or disproportionate incarceration rate for marijuana offenses.

The bill directs federal courts to expunge convictions for marijuana use or possession.

Finally, it establishes in the Treasury the Community Reinvestment Fund. Amounts in the fund may be used by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish a grant program to reinvest in communities most affected by the war on drugs.

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New legislation, the Marijuana Justice Act, would legalize marijuana on a federal level — and even provide financial incentives for states to legalize it too

Could this be the moment when federal policy finally catches up to public opinion, which now shows a majority of Americans in support of legalization.

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