Senator Ron Wyden Becomes First Co-Sponsor of Marijuana Justice Act

Senator Ron Wyden Becomes First Co-Sponsor for the Marijuana Justice Act

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On Dec. 18, 2017, United States Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced that he would be the first co-sponsor of S.1689, better known as the Marijuana Justice Act, a bill that would take marijuana off of the federal list of controlled substances.

As one of the top ranking Democrats working on the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden has worked to help the legal cannabis industry by introducing a package of bills known as the Path to Marijuana Reform, aiming to harmonize the dissonance between state and federal marijuana policy.

Taking to Facebook Live, Wyden announced his support alongside Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., the bill’s primary sponsor.

“I’m thrilled that my colleague, Senator Wyden, has joined me on this groundbreaking bill,” Booker said in a press release. “The bill is retroactive and would apply to those already serving time behind bars for marijuana-related offenses, providing for a judge’s review of marijuana sentences.”

If approved, the Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, incentivize states to legalize marijuana on the state level and create an investment fund aimed at helping rebuild communities affected by the war on drugs.

The Marijuana Justice Act has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it currently awaits consideration.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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