Sen. Cory Booker To Intro Bill To Legalize Marijuana

The Hill reports:

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is introducing legislation to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and encourage states to legalize pot. The legislation, which Booker will formally roll out later Tuesday during a Facebook event, would amend the Controlled Substance Act to eliminate marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug—a move that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.

It would also try to incentivize states to legalize marijuana if their current laws have a “disproportionate arrest rate” on minority or low-income individuals. Booker’s legislation would also be retroactive and require federal courts to expunge previous marijuana-related convictions. Individuals still in jail could petition to get their sentence shortened to comply with Booker’s bill.

Booker’s bill has zero chance of advancing.

  • Caprice Goldberg

    Booker in 2020. I’m already sooo there. ..

    • canoebum

      Is this snark, or are you really that uninformed?

      • ElenorRigby

        He’d be a great president, Comrade… I’m sorry your Russian employer doesn’t agree.

        • canoebum

          Now that is really funny! You’re right. I am employed by the Russians but I’m thinking of quitting because the pay is really, really low, always late and there’s no benefits, no vacation days.

  • bkmn

    Lots of people have built an industry demonizing pot – time for that to end.

    • bambinoitaliano

      That’s because the big pharma and the big tobacco could not get their hands on it first.

      • Michael White

        Dont forget cops. They love to arrest POC for pot. Lots easier than going after gangs etc.

        • bambinoitaliano

          So now the police institution and the private prison corporation are finally meeting their match.

        • shellback

          The brush with which you paint is too broad.

        • (((GC)))

          Let’s remember that the modern war on drugs began as a way to discredit, demonize, and disrupt black people (by associating them with heroin) and the antiwar left, including hippies (marijuana), in order to help Nixon win and keep the White House. John Ehrlichman admitted as much:

          “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

          http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/index.html

          edit: Still relevant: “The Dirty Fucking Hippies Were Right”
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKEZoY-TMG4

      • bkmn

        And big booze.

  • FAEN

    Everyone could benefit from some legal pot these days.

    • TrueWords

      I am benefiting right now…I so love working from home…

      • FAEN

        Good for you matey! Wish I was.

      • Artsy

        Guilty, too.

    • Jeffg166

      The LSD trip we’ve been on since January 20th is a real downer.

      • Hank

        Toss in some Magic Mushrooms and you will have a great lift!!!

      • Falconlights

        Talk about getting your buzz harshed! Like that I moved from CO to WA–since pot is legal here, I can continue using it. I need to mellow out from all the insanity!

    • customartist

      Might mellow out our Commander in Chief?

      • FAEN

        No amount of pot can help with that brand of psychosis.

        • David Walker

          No, but it might give ol’ Beauregard Weasel-Puss serious palpitations of the heart. Not just legalize the worst drug god ever made (that is, in Beauregard’s bribed brain), but to have it introduced by…by…one of them.

      • Hank

        Mellow or “Yellow”???

  • Do Something Nice

    Yeah, fuck you bitch. Earlier this year, you voted with Republicans against allowing people from buying prescription drugs in Canada and shock of shock, you are the #1 recipient of money from Big Pharma.

    And then you had the audacity to wonder why Democrats were pissed, so you pledged to ‘suspend’ receiving funds from Big Pharma.

    Join the Republican party because you don’t support the people.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      Who exactly is your favorite to run in 2020??????

      • ElenorRigby

        If you see anyone spouting that absurd story above, they’re either Russian trolls pushing anti-Democratic Party smears OR they’re idiot Bernie fans who were gullible enough to buy it.

        • picalane

          Hillary lost to an imbecile, got it yet?

    • ElenorRigby

      You’re full of Russian-sourced, Bernie-approved bullshit. THat’s not what happened at all.. But it’s nice to know that the Bernie Brats are already doing their best to smear anyone in the Democratic Party in order to hand the election to Republicans again.

      • Do Something Nice

        Sorry, but it is easy to verify Booker’s vote, and Booker’s funding by Big Pharma. Telling the truth isn’t smearing anyone, but saying that someone is using Russian sources is.

        And Jesus Fucking Christ, I VOTED FOR CLINTON.

        https://newrepublic.com/minutes/139820/cory-bookers-explanation-voting-cheap-prescription-drugs-doesnt-track

        • ElenorRigby

          Yes… yes…. he voted against a bill that would NOT have actually lowered our costs… and voted for one that DID. Citing the New Republic is proof you’re in the bag for Bernie and I’m tired of Bernie Brats who spent 4 years smearing Hillary Clinton (and now Cory Booker and Kamala Harris) who then acted like they deserved a medal because “I voted for Clinton.”

          • Do Something Nice

            You’re a rabid nutcase. If you can’t see how providing people access to meds in Canada lowers the cost to those people, you’re an idiot. One of the prescriptions I buy in another country saves me about $220 each time.

          • picalane

            You’re either one bitter vagina, or a Russian troll whose intent is creating chaos amongst the Dems.

  • GayOldLady

    Bout damned time!

  • Frostbite

    won’t happen, but nice try.

    • GayOldLady

      So this is a “Show” Bill? Sort of like the Single Payer Bill that Bernie has introduced on several occasions in the Senate? Jon Conyer was introducing HR676 the House Single Payer House Bill when the ACA became law.

      We need SPUHC and Pot needs to be and should be legal. Putting people in jail for smoking pot is as ridiculous as allowing Big Insurance to keep getting a huge slice of the pie in a for profit system. Take the profit motive out of Medicine and legalize pot so I can die a happy woman.

  • iambu

    They don’t care about keeping Black teenagers outta jail. Just tell them how much money the treasury can rake in off legal weed. They like money. And hearing about ways to get their hands on more of it. $$$!

  • Bubba in TX

    That sound you hear is Jeff Sessions’ head exploding.

    • Tawreos

      It is not as much as it would be with visuals

    • William

      “Reefer causes Negroes to rape our White women!!!!”

  • Treant

    Why do bills like this always get advanced when they have no chance of passing?

    (Rhetorical question…I know). ACA repeal went when Obama would veto it. Marijuana and single payer go when they won’t even leave committee.

    You’d think they were cynically trying to generate street cred or something.

    • Do Something Nice

      He’s a fucking attention whore.

    • Michael

      Maybe because he’s trying to do the right thing.

      If we never did anything that seemed impossible then we would probably all still be sitting by the fire in some cave.

    • TCinBerkeley

      It is also important, even if the Senator or Congresscritter knows that it won’t pass, to keep it in the news.

      Republicans know that the tide is changing and by putting this out there, when those same Republicans are campaigning they have to answer why they aren’t voting for this or single-payer or whatever. And answer questions about why CO (for example, made $1B last year from the taxes) can have nice things with all of the tax money that they get from legal pot but AL or some other red state enclave is trying to find the cash for every little thing.

      • Treant

        Eh, it’s too much, too fast, for many areas. Introduce a bill to slightly limit the Federal government’s involvement in marijuana prosecution and let them explain why they object to even a small change.

        Then pull out the arguments about the advantages of legalization and move on that when public opinion is overwhelmingly in favor, even in swingy districts.

        That’s how the other side plays the game. And that’s why they win a lot, but lose when trying to make large jumps like repealing the ACA.

  • Boreal

    The war on Pot is the prohibition of our times. Futile, pointless and like trying to empty the ocean with a spoon.
    Keep trying dems. This might be an issue to get younger voters to the polls.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Not just younger voters!

    • narutomania

      I will second what JudasPeckerwood said: “Not just young voters!” It would be great if marijuana were legalized to make it easier for all people to obtain it for medical purposes, but also for recreational purposes.

      • peacfulseas inWA

        The legalization of pot in WA. state would never have passed if not for the more mature voters. The pot stores we frequent we see a wide variety of age groups. Young voters need motivation and this could be the issue to get them to vote.

        • Nowhereman

          This is one of the main reasons they like libertarians.

          • Goodboy

            Except all the Libertarians I know are really just Republicans not liking the name and it’s baggage.

          • Nowhereman

            I know, right? Libertarians are lying to themselves.

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      • Nowhereman

        I started using it in the 60s for fun. Now I use it for my nerves and my joint pain as well as for fun. It’s a wonderful herb. It may also have prevented me from getting lung cancer from 30 years of cigaret smoking since I used cannabis the whole time as well.

        • peacfulseas inWA

          I never smoked cigarettes. It just didn’t do anything for me and although everyone around me did.Nice thing about today’s strains is that unlike the 60’s,70’s it takes little to achieve the desired effects. In the 80’s & 90’s Whatcom county as well as BC bud was in high demand. When we would visit friends in CA we always had request to bring considerable amounts with us. Those were the days. We would pack a suitcase full of the stuff we grew in our basement and fly down rather than drive because of the check point station for fruits and veggies not entering CA. We had been doing hydroponics since a visit to the WDW, The Land in the early 80’s.

          • Nowhereman

            Nice! I lived in California for 25 years, and never had access to anything but Mexican seeds and stems and the occasional Thai stick–which was probably Mexican as well. I’ve been in Alaska for the last 30 years, and Alaskans know how to grow some fine Cannabis. I wish I could grow it where I rent, but I can’t. Fortunately I know somebody who knows somebody who is serious about the art and does a fine job. The strain they grow is Apollo 13–a wonder strain for both business and pleasure. Only 500 seeds were ever produced, and it’s hard to come by.

          • peacfulseas inWA

            I lived in San Pedro above Cabrillo Beach from ’69-’74 and actually born in San Pedro at the old hospital on 6th St ( not saying what year that was). We’ll be moving back to the old grow house later this year and likely start again for personal use. In the meantime this our preferred potporium http://www.2020-solutions.com/ . Introduced my 68 yr old neighbor lady to the shop. She was a bit overwhelmed at 1st but has been able to maintain a lower hip pain while she waits for her surgery. She is using high CBD oils.
            Shops are popping up the way drive-thru coffee stands did.

          • Nowhereman

            Nice!

        • narutomania

          The long-time partner of a very close friend of mine discovered that he has stage 4 prostate cancer 13 months ago. Rather than subject himself to chemotherapy and radiation, he opted to treat himself with daily enemas of a preparation of marijuana.

          At his 6-month check-up, his cancer had reduced by 80%. At his 12-month check-up, it had continued to reduce.

          There is definitely something there, and the American Medical Association needs to put its full weight behind Cory Booker’s bill in hopes that it gets at least a little air time.

          • Nowhereman

            That is amazing and best wishes to your friend’s partner. Almost all the discoveries are kept anecdotal due to the schedule one listing and so they can claim that there is no “accepted” medical uses–it’s a big fat Catch 22. In states where it’s legal, some research is now going on. What really amazes me is that there IS no real evidence that cannabis is harmful. It’s all political, and based on–you guessed it–anecdotal “evidence”, like the propaganda film Reefer Madness which I think was released in 1929. Our AG, Jeff Sessions, is dragging us back to that ignorant stage.

          • peacfulseas inWA

            That is wonderful and hope for contained success. I’ve only known people who used it to fight the effects of chemo. A good friend pass from pancreatic cancer just last month.

    • Do Something Nice

      Exactly. He’s a whore for Big Pharma.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Now if he can be a big whore to me.

        • Do Something Nice

          Once he finally comes out.

        • Michael

          Get in line bitch!!!!

          • ohbear1957

            In line, right behind you…
            and no, that’s not my finger.

      • Octavio

        And I heard that he’s really not African/American. That’s just brown paint. /s

        • bambinoitaliano

          I see green with blue tint.

          • Michael

            I see purple and white 😉

      • FAEN

        Every pol is a whore to something.

    • james1200

      Jesus, he is so in the fucking tank for them. He needs to be kept away from the nomination in 2020 at all costs.

      • FAEN

        He isn’t perfect but if it comes down to Booker or Cheeto I know who I’m supporting.

    • Do Something Nice
      • Blake Mason

        This is disappointing to read and hear.

        • Do Something Nice

          Oh, it’s worse. He supported private equity firms when Obama proposed doing something about their abuse.

        • ElenorRigby

          it’s not even accurate but don’t tell the Bernie Brats that… they’ll have a meltdown and tell you that the DNC killed Seth Rogan, probably.

          • customartist

            “Criticism is only legitimate when WE do it”

      • canoebum

        He may be progressive on some points, but I just don’t trust the guy. After he tried to score media visibility by dissing Mr. Obama, a big question mark appeared above his head. It hasn’t disappeared yet.

        • danolgb

          Are you describing Bernie?

      • ElenorRigby

        Oh good… the Bernie Brats are already making sure they smear Cory Booker and Kamala Harris with exaggerated, mostly-false bullshit and lies. (and isn’t it nice for the Russians to make you all those memes?)

        Ensuring that we’ll get 8 full years of Trump.

        • danolgb

          Yup! The stupid drug importation amendment literally steals drugs from Canada. Bernie attacked Booker for voting against it but didn’t say a peep about Booker voting for an amendment aimed to actually bring down drug prices here.

          https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/15/1620856/-Import-Canadian-drugs-Another-pathetic-idea-instead-of-real-reform

          https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/13/1620234/-So-the-LEFT-is-outraged-over-votes-against-Klobuchar-Amendment-What-about-the-Wyden-s

          • ElenorRigby

            Bernie Sanders won’t do ANYTHING that doesn’t make money for himself. He’s just as much of a grifter as Trump and if he gets the nomination, the Russians have won.

          • Do Something Nice

            NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH SANDERS.

            You’re fucking obsessed.

          • ElenorRigby

            Yes, it does. Bernie Sanders is the one who originally pushed that “Cory Booker voted against lowering drug prices” lie and you’re just continuing it… whether you know it or not. And it’s not even true.

          • customartist

            Bashing Bernie supporters turns me off

          • customartist

            Who is your recommended candidate?

          • danolgb

            How about we get through 2018 first? The problem is certain media outlets are so focused on bringing down anyone who may be in the running for 2020 that they’re going to screw up our chances in 2018.

        • FAEN

          But purity 🙄

        • Do Something Nice

          Oh fuck you. I’m not a Bernie Brat and nothing I posted is a lie.

          The Democrats are doing a good job ensuring 8 years of Trump.

          • danolgb

            Yes. It is. Booker may have voted against a flawed amendment, but he did vote for an amendment to truly lower prices. So your meme is indeed a lie.

            https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/13/1620234/-So-the-LEFT-is-outraged-over-votes-against-Klobuchar-Amendment-What-about-the-Wyden-s

          • ElenorRigby

            Yes you are, yes it is and no… you’re doing that.

          • Do Something Nice

            LOL! Have a good day.

          • ElenorRigby

            Cory Booker has voted for bills that would ACTUALLY lower drug costs.. not that silly “let’s reimport them from Canada thus rendering the Canadian deals moot and ending low drug prices in another country but fuck them, right?” bill that Bernie Fucking Sanders supported.

          • FAEN

            I agree with you about the Dems for the moment. They need to get their shit together now more than ever.

          • customartist

            I’m doing what I can.
            More people need to get involved.
            You don’t have to go door to door.
            Simply attending an occasional meeting can help.
            Contact your local party office.
            Complaining without participation changes nothing. Just sayin’. (no offense).

    • Michael White

      What will save it, is that most laws allow home grown. So big pharma will not win this one.

      • Do Something Nice

        Not if they go Monsanto, copyright the different strains and kill the rest is herbicide.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Meanwhile Monsanto is waiting for their exclusive permit to cultivate the plant.

    • Publius

      If marijuana were no longer treated as primarily medicinal, and then legalized as a recreational substance, then how is this a sinister plot to get pharmaceutical companies rich? Does Merck also produce tequila?

      • customartist

        Medical will happen / Recreational will only sporadically

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      I personally own TRTC, another marijuana stock that is well under $0.50 a share. I can only thousands without a huge investment. Hey Pfizer, can you buy them too?

      • Hue-Man

        Here’s 10 Canadian marijuana producer stocks – the first one:
        Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX: WEED)
        https://smallcappower.com/canadian-marijuana-stocks-pot-stock/

        No, I don’t own any. These are mostly legal medical pot producers but are scaling up production for next July 1st legalization. The government goal is to have these and other companies replace the illegal suppliers – tax upside: taxes on sale, plus tax on profits that are now not being reported.

        • Skokieguy [Larry]

          Thanks!

    • Gerry Fisher

      AND, he looks hip and current, and it gets his pretty face into the media. (He *is* pretty, but that’s not my point.) He’s a master of appearances over substance.

    • MichaelJ

      While Booker may be advancing the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, which is largely concentrated in NJ, the fundamental changes he is proposing, including retroactive expunging of federal drug convictions, are long overdue and worthy of support. Sure, his bill has no chance of going anywhere. But putting the issue out there front and center, as something legislators could easily enact, is a needed to make it politically feasibly in the long run.

      • Thanks robotic lobbyist!

        • MichaelJ

          I am not a lobbyist by any means, robotic or otherwise. Nor am I a Booker supporter.
          I upvoted your initial comment because I believe he is proposing the legislation in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. And I am well aware that approval for medical purposes is likely to happen more quickly than for recreational purposes, and that once that happens the pharmaceuticals are not going to be interested in further decriminalization.
          But I do support decriminalizing marijuana, especially if it is retroactive, in spite of self-serving motives of those pushing the legislation and the likelihood that some people will make money from it.
          So, rather than replying to my comment with a particularly ignorant bit of name calling, in addition to stating what you know about Booker’s motives why don’t you clearly state whether you are for against what he is proposing and why?

  • TrueWords
  • james1200
  • Blake Mason

    I knew this was coming… when he left the apartment this morning… He said “I plan on introducing the weed bill” … He slapped me on the ass and out the door he went… my man.

    • Michael

      Such bullsh!t. I was so sucking his d!ck when he said that. 😉

      • Bubba in TX

        Can it be both at the same time?

      • bambinoitaliano

        Liar! He was having me sample his huge roll of joint as practice.

      • Blake Mason

        Thanks for warming him up for me… he knows who to come home to to finish him off.

  • netxtown

    I know i’m gonna sound like the fuddy-duddy, but I no more want to work with a stoner than I do an alky. What anyone does in their off time is their business – just sober up before ya drive or punch the clock.

    It will be interesting to see how employers handle this.

    • Chucktech

      Well, of course sober up before you drive or punch the clock. That has nothing to do with legalizing marijuana being the right thing to do.

      • netxtown

        I don’t think it is the right thing to do. It will become a cash crop for big agra real fast. Then, as someone mentioned, Monsanto will patent some and kill the rest. Meanwhile, McDopeHead is snagging a couple tokes on his way to work – to calm his traffic nerves.. He’s not stoned – and he’s really not sober.

        I get it that it has been around for a kajillion years, and blah, blah, blah. But the human brain hasn’t been around quite so long – and for the most part, we are only now starting to see some trends in long term usage. We know excessive alcohol eventually takes its toll on the liver. And yet too many believe there are no consequences to the brain – or other organs – with pot. No thanks, I’ll sit this dance out.

        • Octavio

          You mean the same way vineyards have been taken over by big pharma? (couldn’t help it. I had to tease_ 🙂

          • netxtown

            Now why did you give them the next big idea??
            A pill of Red. A pill of white. What ever kinda mood your in tonight….

            Ok so I know I sound kind of stuff shirt….but my ‘stance’ has more to do with the people in my own little world. A couple of ’em ain’t here no more…and a couple others are on their way. One did get out, and he’s now one hell of a gorgeous and beautiful man. (If I was 35 again, I’d be all over him.)

  • HZ81

    Yay! If Trump really wanted an easy win, he’d get behind this now.

    But he won’t because he’s Donald Trump.

  • Octavio

    Since legalizing recreational marijuana sales in Nevada the Nevada Assembly has suddenly realized they need to repeal some drug laws and create new laws so dispensaries can legally deposit all their cash into bank accounts. Very few are wringing their hands over the fact that pot is now legally available to everyone over 18.

    So, for those who insist that Cory’s bill has not chance in hell, be aware that marijuana is being made legal, albeit slowly, across the entire 50 states.

    • Michael

      Yeah, it’s a safe bet if you’re in dire need of bitterness you can always come into this site and read some of the comments in the threads.

      • That’s what largely killed towleroad and queerty for me.

    • BobSF_94117

      They’re complacent now, but just wait until someone is shoving pot brownies down their throats!!!

      • RoFaWh

        After the first bite is chewed and swallowed, there would be no need for any further shoving.

    • William

      Aren’t the marijuana business banking troubles the result of federal law?

      • Octavio

        Yes. But according to those drafting new state legislation, states have the ability modify federal directives for the safety of communities. Being able to park cash in banks will (supposedly) curtail armed robberies of marijuana-based businesses which tend to accumulate more cash than a Brinker’s bank truck.

    • Octavio

      I remember her from Woodstock. She ran a hookah concession. :-).

  • JoyZeeBoy

    Fuck MaryJane. I wish he’d introduce a bill for Single-Payer. Now he’s just grandstanding.

    • Michael

      Single-Payer unfortunately stands no chance in America even though every other 1st world country gives it to her citizens. The insurance companies have too strong of a hold, via $$$, on our congress to allow that to happen.

      • TCinBerkeley

        As with pot and gay marriage, it needs to keep being pushed though. As the Republican controlled government and the insurance companies and Big Pharma keep screwing the pooch, more and more folks come around to the idea.

        Obamacare is flawed, but it is better than what came before and makes folks realize that single-payer might not be the boogey man that it is portrayed as. But these things take time.

    • ohbear1957

      A bill that meets both goals would be lovely. A single-payer prescription plan that covers medical marijuana with a reasonably priced co-pay.

  • TrueWords
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  • BobSF_94117

    Booker’s bill has zero chance of advancing.

    Pointless pandering and posturing.

    Why not go for something at least a few GOPers might go for, like a federal accommodation for states that have legalized marijuana?

    • Chucktech

      Great idea.

  • Boreal
    • lymis

      We need some sort of “Democracy Offender Registry” that keeps these idiots from participating in government at any level.

      • RoFaWh

        Give them an intelligence test and exclude the bottom 36% from participation as candidate or voter.

  • TrueWords

    I want to get caught on EVERY SINGLE BRANCH going up and down….damn he is FINE…

    http://68.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbuefbAd1T1rfucddo1_500.png

    • Blake Mason

      *sigh* You and me both.

      • Michael

        Correction: You, me and everyone else.

    • Blake Mason

      Not every branch for me….just that big branch…

      • TrueWords

        I am not picky…

        • Blake Mason

          You fine, too.

  • Ken M

    Power at the state level…whose idea is that again? Until they stop calling it cannabis, it will remain federally illegal.

    • Octavio

      Hemp is so much more, well . . . hempy. 😀

      • Adam King

        I have a wonderful hemp shirt. So soft.

        • Octavio

          I’ve got one. It’s green (natural tea dye) and it wrinkles the minute I look at it. It is definitely not soft. Although I’m sure there are soft hemp shirts. Mine is heavy and scratchy. My loss.

          • Adam King

            Mine also wrinkles easily and is heavy. If you didn’t know it was hemp you’d think it was linen.

  • Nic Peterson

    I hope he introduces it at 4:20.

    • FAEN

      LOL

  • glass

    o/t: Putin has no idea that trump has no power over the US.
    This is a really telling Time article.
    http://time.com/4881972/vladimir-putin-donald-trump-executive-power/

  • boobert

    It makes so much sense to decriminalize , that it probably won’t happen .

  • lymis

    You know damn well that the minute pot is legalized, half the moral scolds screeching against it will either invest in it, vote to tax it, or both.

    • RoFaWh

      They’ll also start smoking the stuff in such amounts that their homes will be fouled with pot-tar on every surface.

      Be careful when cleaning your bongs, folks.

  • Dot Beech

    Pot… who cares?

    Legalize LSD. Let’s have some fun.

    • another_steve

      LSD is not only for having fun. It’s a learning experience.

      Used carefully and in a controlled setting, it can be the Mother of All Learning Experiences, actually.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I’ll never forget the convo I had with the parents when I was on Sid…

        Talking to skeletons was awesome.

        • Reality.Bites

          Must be like hosting project runway

    • Octavio

      My favorite drug of choice. Very illuminating. 🙂

  • Publius

    I live in Seattle. Can confirm that the average pot shop is more put together than most high end bars. The sky has not fallen and business is booming. Marijuana being illegal makes no fucking sense. End the madness.

    • another_steve

      Zero rationale for criminalizing pot and not alcohol. Absolute zero.

      I suspect the major funder of the anti-pot movement is the alcohol industry.

      • Chucktech

        Big Pharma is a little weary of pot, too. I’d be willing to bet a lot of our opioid problems would disappear if people could legally smoke pot for their pain. It’s remarkably medicinal, but that’s bad news for the pharmaceutical industry.

      • Karl Dubhe

        It was Nixon who kicked off the expansion of the War on Drugs. He did it to put the anti-war protestors in prison.

        IIRC Tobacco and pot were included in the original war against all drugs, back when you guys banned alcohol too. The tobacco ban didn’t last past the committee stage. 🙂

        • another_steve

          My maternal grandparents were Eastern European Jews who immigrated to the U.S. Back in their home country, there was a long history of making one’s own booze. The practice continued for them here in the states during Prohibition.

          It continued through the 1960s and 70s. I remember vats of fermenting booze on their kitchen counter — filled with dates and figs and plums.

          • Karl Dubhe

            My parents did the same thing. But they were from Western Europe, and weren’t Jewish. 🙂

    • Chucktech

      Marijuana being illegal, I’m guessing you meant. Totally agree.

      • Publius

        Yessir. Good eye!

    • Natty Enquirer

      Ah yes, the other reason cannabis is outlawed: to protect the alcohol industry’s monopoly on intoxication.

      • jerry

        Tomorrow is the 80th anniversary of the “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937”, signed into law by FDR. There was only an hour of testimony in congress, including the AMA stating that there was no evidence of danger from the drug. One of the main reasons given that hemp was lumped in with cannabis was that Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon was banker for the DuPont family, and hemp products would be competing against DuPont’s nylon. Mellon’s niece’s husband, Harry Anslinger, was appointed the 1st commissioner of Federal Bureau of Narcotics.

  • Ross

    I have never smoked pot in my life.

    I have no desire to smoke pot.

    And why the fuck is pot illegal????????

    • Natty Enquirer

      To protect William Randolph Hearst’s paper forests.

      • Octavio

        That was one BIG reason.

    • Octavio

      “Lips that touch liquor shall never touch mine . . .” My mormon grandmother insisted that alcohol was devil juice and no one in the family ever touched it. What she was purposefully unaware of was my grandfather’s still and what happened to all of the potato peelings and fruit scraps that escaped her kitchen. And then there was how all the men in the family suddenly became warm and cheery after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Truly a mystery. 🙂

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSmfpm_y39Y

  • Travis Morrow

    Trying to distract liberals from your bullshit of supporting “Democratic” candidates who oppose access to abortion. Good work moving to the left you fucking cowards. I will never, ever be a Democrat. I am considering renewing my weekly letters telling you how much you suck and why you disappoint the liberals in this country by sliding right so fast you get whiplash.

  • JWC

    Cory Booker may be in the (yet unannounced) DNC leadershiip musings but he still gives off an odd vibe

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      Of course he gives off an odd vibe. He’s a politician.

      • JWC

        I think that is it he can not offer an opinion on cat poo without it sounding as if he is promotimg and agenda. his own

    • Adam King

      I’m waiting to feel like I can trust him but it’s just not happening.

      • JWC

        Check out the bio of Deval Patrick

  • TheManicMechanic

    Too much to lose for the prison-industrial complex, police department profiteering via civil asset forfeiture, and backwater sherrifs to have a chance of the most minor consideration.

  • Gerry Fisher

    Showboating Corey, do some hard, effective, useful work for a change, please. (This is going nowhere on the federal level for a very long time.)

  • Hank

    The “War on Drugs” has been a royal failure and waste of Billions of Dollars!!! The money would best be spent in Rehab Facilities for Hard Core Drug Users!!! Legalizing all drugs would also take the criminal elements out of the drug trade, by and large, as well as lower crime!!! IMHO

    • RoFaWh

      Other positives to total legalization of recreational intoxicants:

      1. Dosages would be certain; no more deaths due to heroin overdoses.

      2. No adulterants or harmful additives.

      3. You would buy the juice for Saturday night openly at your nearest branch of Recreational Intoxicants Я Us, so the public fisc would benefit from all the taxes paid.

      • Hank

        Right ON!!! 👍

        I have truly seen MORE damage by Alcohol and Alcoholics, than by any other intoxicant! Most people, who get “mellow”, just want to kick back and enjoy the vibe!!!…. Not get into their cars, Not get angry and vicious and take it out on others!

  • Reality.Bites

    It’s sad how grown men will debase themselves for a hug from Justin Trudeau.

    • andrew

      Lets not be too rash. What do I have to do to get “a hug from Justin Trudeau.”

  • pleasebereasonable1

    Wha!?!?! I guess somebody has never seen Reefer Madness….

  • redevil
  • downtownla

    I’m usually hard on Booker for his ties to Wall Street, Big Pharma, and charter schools, but it’s this type of bold positioning that the Democrats need to do. Let’s hope the other potential candidates in 2020 are taking note and come up with similarly strong positions and ideas.

  • Henry Auvil

    I wouldn’t mind burning a dubois (or two) with Mr. Booker. Woof.

    • Octavio

      Burning a dubois? Hasn’t poor Blanche suffered enough? ( ;D )

  • Richard B

    As we all know, no one dies from using cannabis and the only reason it is illegal today is it is a political and a law enforcement tool used against certain groups like back folks and liberal Democrats.
    Law enforcement, particularly in the south, uses it vigorously against black folks, or to steal other people stuff through odious asset forfeiture laws.
    I wish Rep. Cory Booker a speedy success, but he is going to have fierce opposition. The republican authorities from southern states are going to be opposed to it, starting with stupid-head AG Jeffery Sessions. Lets face it, Donald Trump isn’t politically savvy enough to sign off on this either.

  • jimbo65

    This might resonate better if he wasn’t in the pocket of big pharma. Who would love to take over and privatize the sale of cannabis for their own profit.

  • geoffalnutt

    Not now, Cory…not now.

  • abqdan

    Good for him. It’s the right thing to do, but as we know, Democrats are not allowed to propose laws, under McConnell’s version of the Constitution…

    • Nowhereman

      Yeah, but when the bills from the republican majority fail, it’s the democrats who get blamed for it. Republicans don’t know how mirrors work.

  • Nowhereman

    Cannabis should never have been illegal, let alone a schedule 1 drug. We can thank the catholic church for demonizing it during the Inquisition(s) and William Randolph Hearst who managed to criminalize it so that hemp sales would not cut into his logging interests. Meanwhile, they held medical progress back thousands of years. Cannabis has a lot of promise for diseases of the nervous system and cancer. It’s healing properties were mentioned in the buybull. It was one of the main ingredients in the healing and anointing oils of the time.

    • JWC

      oh Blessed be carrie Nation and her hatchet swinging compatriots on all the booze barrels of the past

    • tempus

      Thank you. To say the fucking least.

  • andrew

    IMO there are so many more important issues that Democrats should be advocating, things like jobs, health care, infrastructure, prescription drug costs etc. Legalizing pot would be way down on my list of priorities.