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A Democratic senator from New Jersey proposed legislation (PDF) Tuesday that would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances.

The proposal, if adopted, would also financially punish states that fail to decriminalize marijuana if they have racial disparities in their arrest and incarceration rates connected to marijuana.

Pot removed from controlled substance list under proposed legislationBooker (credit: Facebook)

So far, eight states have legalized recreational marijuana, but pot remains illegal under federal law—meaning that President Donald Trump’s administration could crack down on those states if it chose to.
“For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders—especially for marijuana-related offenses—at an incredible cost of lost human potential, torn apart families and communities, and taxpayer dollars,” Sen.

Cory Booker said in a Facebook post.
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