Booker Statement on Governor Murphy Signing Historic Adult-use Cannabis Reform Bills into Law

Press Release

Date: Feb. 22, 2021
Location: Newark, NJ
Issues: Marijuana

Today, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism, issued the following statement on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signing historic adult-use cannabis reform bills into law:

"The failed War on Drugs has systematically targeted people of color and the poor, disproportionately impacting Black and Brown communities and hurting families in New Jersey and across our nation. Today is a historic day, and I applaud Governor Murphy, the legislature, and the many advocates for racial and social justice whose leadership is ensuring that New Jersey is at the forefront of equitable marijuana legalization policy. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to end the federal marijuana prohibition so we can finally begin healing the wounds of decades of injustice."

Booker has been a leader on criminal justice reform in the Senate, authoring landmark legislation to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. Earlier this month, Booker was joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in announcing that they are working on comprehensive cannabis reform legislation in the Senate.