Senator Cory Booker's bill is never going to pass, but that may be beside the point.
When New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced the Marijuana Justice Act on Aug. 1, he knew its odds of becoming law were slim to none.
From a practical perspective, the bill — which would remove cannabis from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s scheduling system — is likely to fare no better (and possibly worse) than similar legislation introduced in past years, by the likes of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Reps. Tom Garrett and Tulsi Gabbard, and Rep. Jared Polis. However, pushing the bill into law may not truly have been Sen. Booker’s intention.
Rather, it is quite possible that, with the Marijuana Justice Act, Sen. Booker instead seeks to make public his solution to the rift between state and federal stances on cannabis. While first and foremost calling for the de-scheduling of cannabis as other legislation has done, this new bill takes things a step further by incentivizing states that have not legalized marijuana to do so.