In a new BET documentary released on Wednesday, Sen Corry Booker (D-NJ) said President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to decriminalize marijuana is not enough.
The senator, who shared an exclusive video interview with a marijuana news site, said he was surprised that the president-elect would be against the legalization of marijuana as the Democratic party’s standard bearer.
In a November 2019 debate clip, Booker called out Biden’s comments opposing legalization by saying he thought the former vice president was joking.
Later in a sit-down interview with BET, Booker said he is convinced this is a destructive reality to live in and that decriminalization was not enough.
Booker argued in the 2019 debate clip shown in the documentary that marijuana in America is already legal for privileged people, and the war on drugs has been a war on black people and brown people.
He asserted that there are people in Congress who admit to smoking marijuana, and then there are people in jail, young people who are locked up for similar drug actions.
The documentary titled “Smoke: Marijuana + Black America” also features interviews with vice president-elect Kamala Harris, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Illinois Governor JB Pitzker (D), Illinois State Attorney Kim Foxx, former NBA player Al Harrington, and former NFL player Ricky Williams.
Rapper Nas, who is the film’s executive producer also appeared on screen.
Booker’s criticism came shortly after Biden sparked controversy by stating that he is not In support of legalizing cannabis because there has been no sufficient evidence as to whether it is a gateway drug.
However, the president-elect quickly rephrased his sentiments about cannabis being a gateway drug and said he is not opposed to legalization.
While Biden might not favor cannabis legalization like most democrat voters, he has pushed for decriminalizing possession, expunging records, legalizing medical cannabis, and modestly rescheduling the plant under federal law.
The film “Smoke: “Marijuana + Black America” premieres on BET on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020.