Senator Booker nails it again. Though the Trump Administration acts like cannabis is a big, scary drug, the majority of Americans view cannabis as completely normal. Cannabis isn’t simply consumed by “stoners” or “criminals,” but by the girl next door, your grandma, veterans who risked their lives for your country, your congressional leaders even. Yet cannabis remains stigmatized, along with those who use it. And what exemplifies this stigma more than cannabis’ federally illegal status and classification as a Schedule I substance?
As Booker says, our criminal justice laws need to catch up to our society. What good do those laws do us if they don’t represent us?