Cory Booker Says Cannabis Legalization In Georgia Hinges Upon Election

Senator Cory Booker has stated that the fate of the run-off Election on January 5th will determine whether or not Georgia legalizes cannabis.

"Look, if you're in Georgia right now, you will control whether weed gets legalized or not, based upon whether you go out and vote," said Cory Booker, a Democratic Senator from New Jersey.

Booker is speaking of Georgia's two runoff elections for U.S. Senate which will decide which party has the Senate majority. If Democrats win both seats in January, they will have split control of the chamber along with the Republicans, however, the vice president Democrat Kamala Harris will cast any tie-breaking votes in the Senate effectively giving Democrats the legislative upper hand.

As Democrats have always favored cannabis legalization more than Republicans, one can expect more movement when it comes to cannabis should the Democrats gain control of the Senate, in addition to their current control of the House of Representatives.

Cory Booker has been a vocal and strident advocate for cannabis legalization in The U.S., having introduced the Marijuana Justice Act in 2019, which sought to federally legalize cannabis in the United States, as well as being a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which aims to remove cannabis from the list of Schedule I substances.

The MORE Act was recently passed in the House of Representatives, however the Republican-dominated Senate is unlikely to pass it.

"If Democrats win those two seats, I am pretty confident that you will see maybe not the major legislation that I seek, but you're going to see a relaxing—even Joe Biden said he wants to decriminalize it—so the relaxing of laws that better allow states to do what they want to do," Booker said in an interview recently.

Currently, GOP senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are at risk of losing their seats in the upcoming election, who both are anti-cannabis.

Booker has stated previously that his motivation for cannabis legalization, despite having never smoked the plant himself, stems from an awareness of the impact that legalization has upon communities of color.

"I'm in this for the justice issues and the racial justice issues. If you're Black in America you know there's no difference in your usage of pot than a white American, but you're like four times more likely to be arrested for it and have your life ruined, have a criminal conviction," Booker concluded.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.