New Senator to Judiciary Committee: ‘My Mission is to Stand Up to Sessions’

Senator Booker, a long supporter of de-criminalizing marijuana, says he will stand against Sessions.
Senator Booker, a long supporter of de-criminalizing marijuana, says he will stand against Sessions. (File image via Reuters)

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker has been appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, considered to be one of the most influential bodies in the Upper Chamber.

Booker, a Senator from New Jersey, tweeted on Tuesday that he will stand against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“As a new member of the Senate Judiciary Committee – I will make it my mission to stand up to Jeff Sessions & President Trump,” he wrote in a tweet. “And I won’t rest until there is liberty & justice for all,” he added.

In a series of tweets, the Democrat said that Sessions  showed “again that civil rights & criminal justice reform don’t matter to him,” echoing what other U.S. politicians have said.  

Last week, Sessions rescinded an Obama-era rule that allowed marijuana operations to go through in states that have voted for legalization without any federal intervention. In the U.S., marijuana is considered to be illegal, however, there are eight states that have legalized cannabis so far since 2014.

Booker said:

“That’s why in the Senate I’ve introduced over 20 bills to help fix our broken criminal justice system, including my latest bill to end the War on Drugs –– the Marijuana Justice Act.”

Booker introduced, the ‘Marijuana Justice Act of 2017‘ to end federal prohibition of cannabis and its impact both on individual and government levels.

The sole goal for Booker’s bill is to remove marijuana from a list where it is lumped together with heroin and LSD in what is dubbed as the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. Delisting marijuana could lift the federal ban on cannabis.

Booker had long criticized marijuana arrests. He said it is targeting “poor and minority communities, [and] targeting our veterans,” in an interview with Forbes.  

He added: “I have seen young teenagers getting arrested, saddled with criminal convictions for the rest of their lives.”

Booker’s Appointment is Historic

In addition to Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris of California was also appointed to the committee, marking the first time two African-Americans served simultaneously on the panel.

Senator Kamala Harris of California is also against Sessions for his shift on marijuana policy.
Senator Kamala Harris of California is also against Sessions for his shift on marijuana policy. (File image via Reuters)

The pair are only the second and third African-Americans to ever serve on the judiciary Committee in its 200-plus history.

Harris is also a poignant critic of sessions.

In a Jan. 4 tweet, she wrote: “Instead of going after drug cartels, and violent crime, and major traffickers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after recreational marijuana users. That’s not being smart on crime.”

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