Despite the fact that U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions seems to have a personal vendetta against pot, lawmakers know that plenty of people enjoy and benefit from the stuff—and one in particular is trying to do something about it.
Sen. Cory Booker introduced a bill this week that would get rid of the federal ban on marijuana and encourage states to legalize the drug. (While weed is currently legal in several states, marijuana possession is still technically a federal offense.)
So, he’s introducing the Marijuana Justice Act. Under federal law, pot is a schedule I drug, which puts it into the same category as heroin and ecstasy. Schedule I drugs “have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence,” the Drug Enforcement Agency says on its website, noting that drugs that fall into this category have “no currently accepted medical use.” If passed, Booker’s law would deschedule the drug and put it into the same category as alcohol and tobacco.
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