Two Democratic U.S. Senators are now sponsoring a bill which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to remove marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D - Ore., announced he would co-sponsor Sen. Cory Booker's, D - N.J., bill which is named the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The bill was introduced in the Senate in August, and it was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
The act would also allow anyone who was imprisoned for a federal marijuana possession arrest to have the conviction expelled. Those currently in prison for marijuana can undergo a sentencing hearing where they can be resentenced under provision set forth by the bill.
The bill would also establish what's called a community reinvestment fund. This fund would go toward areas that are considered most impacted by the War on Drugs and would provide job training, youth programs and health education programs among other services.
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