Sen. Cory Booker on his marijuana legalization bill.

Is Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill Worth the Hoopla?

Is Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill Worth the Hoopla?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 27 2017 7:59 PM

Sen. Cory Booker Has a Message for Pot Smokers

The New Jersey senator says that if you’re not trying to make it legal, you’re part of the problem.

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Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker on Sept. 26 in Washington.

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Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has rolled out the kind of marijuana legalization bill progressives love to fawn over and libertarians love to ridicule. The plan would pressure states to legalize marijuana by withholding federal money. Booker cedes that the bill’s passage doesn’t seem imminent, but he likens marijuana legalization to gay marriage, another proposal that saw a rapid surge in popular support: “I’m believing in—I’m claiming a sea change coming in the future.”

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.