POT PARTY: Cory Booker, other 2020 Dem presidential hopefuls introduce bill to end federal ban on marijuana

WASHINGTON (Fox News) — New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker introduced legislation to end the federal prohibition of marijuana on Thursday, joined by a series of other announced and potential Democratic 2020 presidential hopefuls including Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris.

Harris’ support seemingly cemented her full-scale reversal on the issue. In 2010, Harris was among a handful of lawmakers — including then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — to oppose Proposition 19, a measure to legalize recreational marijuana and allow it to be sold and taxed. Then San Francisco’s district attorney, Harris called Proposition 19 a “flawed public policy.”
The move comes as polling increasingly shows widespread national support for legalizing the drug. A Fox News poll last year showed that 59 percent of voters support legalizing marijuana — up from 51 percent in 2015, and 46 percent in 2013. Only 26 percent favored making “smoking marijuana” legal in 2001.

“The War on Drugs has not been a war on drugs, it’s been a war on people, and disproportionately people of color and low-income individuals,” Booker said in a statement. “The Marijuana Justice Act seeks to reverse decades of this unfair, unjust, and failed policy by removing marijuana from the list of controlled substances and making it legal at the federal level.”

Booker added: “But it’s not enough to simply decriminalize marijuana. We must also repair the damage caused by reinvesting in those communities that have been most harmed by the War on Drugs. And we must expunge the records of those who have served their time. The end we seek is not just legalization, it’s justice.”

Booker’s bill was co-sponsored not only by Harris, Sanders, Gillibrand, and Warren, but also by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Or., Jeff Merkley, D-Or., and Michael Benne, D-Co.

“Millions of Americans’ lives have been devastated because of our broken marijuana policies, especially in communities of color and low-income communities,” Gillibrand said. “I’m proud to work with Senator Booker on this legislation to help fix decades of injustice caused by our nation’s failed drug policies.”

Added Sanders: “As I said during my 2016 campaign, hundreds of thousands of people are arrested for possession of marijuana every single year. Many of those people, disproportionately people of color, have seen their lives negatively impacted because they have criminal records as a result of marijuana use. That has got to change. We must end the absurd situation of marijuana being listed as a Schedule 1 drug alongside heroin. It is time to decriminalize marijuana, expunge past marijuana convictions and end the failed war on drugs.”

For her part, Harris echoed Booker’s sentiments and seemingly embraced her changed views on marijuana. Despite her past opposition to legalizing the drug, the former California attorney general recently boasted about smoking weed as a college student on the popular New York City-based radio program “The Breakfast Club,” telling hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God that she’s “inhaled” from a joint “a long time ago.”

“I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world,” Harris added, claiming she used to listen to Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur — though they didn’t release their albums during Harris’ college years — while she reportedly got high.

In co-sponsoring Booker’s bill on Thursday, Harris, like Booker, suggested that prohibitions on the drug disproportionately affect black men.

“Marijuana laws in this country have not been applied equally, and as a result we have criminalized marijuana use in a way that has led to the disproportionate incarceration of young men of color. It’s time to change that,” Harris said. “Legalizing marijuana is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do in order to advance justice and equality for every American.”

Warran, meanwhile, added: “Marijuana should be legalized, and we should wipe clean the records of those unjustly jailed for minor marijuana crimes. By outlawing marijuana, the federal government puts communities of color, small businesses, public health and safety at risk.”

Last year, California became the largest legal U.S. marijuana marketplace, Massachusetts opened the first recreational shops on the East Coast, Canada legalized it in most provinces, and Mexico’s Supreme Court recognized the rights of individuals to use marijuana, moving the country closer to broad legalization.

New Hampshire lawmakers on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to legalizing recreational marijuana, dismissing public safety and health concerns on a path to join scores of other states that have passed similar cannabis measures.

Ten states have legalized recreational marijuana — including the three bordering New Hampshire — while New York, New Jersey and others are considering it this year.


Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



BUSTED! Latest revelations about Elizabeth Warren ruin chances for presidential run, say pundits

WASHINGTON, — The latest revelations to surface regarding Elizabeth Warren’s falsely claiming Native American status have essentially ruined her chances at becoming the DNC’s nominee for 2020, say political analysts.

Warren, who gained notoriety several years ago when it was revealed that she’d claimed Native American status in a faculty directory at Harvard Law School, also claimed to be “American Indian” on a handwritten registration card for the State Bar of Texas according to records uncovered by The Washington Post.

The news forced Warren to issue a public apology and to apologize to Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker last week by way of a private phone call.

“I can’t go back,” Warren told the Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

Despite Warren’s apologies, it appears the damage to the Massachusetts Senator’s already damaged political image is now irreversible.

“The Texas bar registration card is significant, among other reasons, because it removes any doubt that Warren directly claimed the identity. In other instances, Warren has declined to say whether she or an assistant filled out forms,” the Post states.

In an op-ed for the Boston Globe, political analyst Joan Vennochi says Warren’s aspirations for a 2020 presidential run are now null and void.

“Warren was personally claiming status she shouldn’t have been claiming. Since then, she hasn’t been fully honest about what she did or why. Her mishandling of it is now part of her political DNA and apologies won’t change it,” Vennochi writes.

“To those who would argue that harping on it is like harping on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail: The press can dwell on it or ignore it. It doesn’t matter,” Vennochi continued. “It’s going to hurt Warren, not just with independents she would have to woo in a general election, but within her own party.”


FAUXCAHONTAS RETURNS: Elizabeth Warren revives Native American claims in address to National Congress of American Indians

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren sparked new controversy Wednesday during a speech at the Tribal Nations Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in which she once again referenced her Cherokee heritage.

Warren, who came under tremendous fire after it was revealed during her 2012 campaign to unseat then-Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) that she had tried to claim Native American heritage to advance her academic career, addressed the controversy while speaking to the National Congress of American Indians.

“I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here,” Warren said, according to a transcript of the speech published by The Boston Globe (https://tinyurl.com/yckqwrdl). “You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.”

Warren then went on to say that, despite allegations otherwise, she “never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”

“I’ve noticed that every time my name comes up, President Trump likes to talk about Pocahontas. So I figured, let’s talk about Pocahontas. Not Pocahontas, the fictional character most Americans know from the movies, but Pocahontas, the Native woman who really lived, and whose real story has been passed down to so many of you through the generations,” Warren posted in a tweet just prior to her speech, noting that “her story has been taken away by powerful people who twisted it to serve their own purposes.

President Donald Trump famously coined the phrase “Fauxcahontas” during the 2016 presidential campaign in response to criticism by Warren who called him a “dangerous” candidate.

As reported by Breitbart in 2012 (https://tinyurl.com/yat2l4sp), no evidence can be found to support Warren’s claims of Native American heritage and The New England Historical Genealogical Society says no records can be found to back up her claims.

“The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee,” the organization told the Boston Herald in May 2012.

“NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is,” Tom Champoux, spokesman for the NEHGS added. “We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great great great grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith [Crawford] either is or is not of Cherokee descent.’”

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