U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has joined in to be the second lawmaker cosponsoring a bill aimed at ending marijuana prohibition and disproportionate arrests of people of color over cannabis possession.
Gillibrand has officially joined Sen. Cory Booker over his Marijuana Justice Act, which he introduced in the Senate last year. The bill removes marijuana from the federal government’s list of controlled dangerous substances.
After the announcement, Gillibrand soon appeared together with Booker live on a Facebook page, taking questions, and engaging with their audience.
In one of her answers about the medical use of marijuana, Gillibrand said “it is so urgent” to legalize marijuana.
“I don’t understand why it is so hard to move forward, it makes sense.”
Traditional Drugs “Harsh”
Gillibrand said she met with constituents who suffer from ailments like seizures and find traditional drugs “harsh.” She also spoke about how mothers with children suffering from seizures fight for the need for medical marijuana.
Booker at the end of the Q&A session praised Gillibrand as a mother of “beautiful children,” who as a lawmaker is good at listening to her constituents.
He asked her what drives her to action over criminal reforms on marijuana. She stated that,
“I met with so many constitutions, who have been ripped apart from their families, taken out of their community, Home, not being able to work….Not living the American dream,” she said, “for what? because they use marijuana? It is absurd.”
Lastly, she said that “I want to change how our laws affect these people. This is a drug that should be regulated like any other drug.
“We need your voices, stories, and passion.”
Booker was also seen taking questions. He warned that he doesn’t want future marijuana regulations to be “controlled by the corporate powers,” adding how it is important to allow minorities to participate and low-income individuals.
“Big money is going to take over this,” he said.