Mayor Cory Booker Says New Jersey Drug Policy Unfairly Targets Black Men
Less than a week after making statements slamming President Obama, Cory Booker has found himself involved in more controversy—this time over comments posted on Twitter. The Newark, N.J. mayor lashed out at the government in his state, over their drug policy, which he says targets black men.
Booker’s thoughts stem from a proposed bill in the state which would make carrying 15 grams or less of “greenery” punishable by a $150 fine, versus jail time. New Jersey governor, Chris Christie, has yet to support the bill, but Booker was pretty clear about his thoughts, first stating that decriminalizing the drug may lead to increased addiction, then blasting the state for racism. “In NJ blacks are about 15% of population but over 60% of prison population and DRUGS fuels much of the incarceration,” he wrote in response to one of his followers. “So yes we need to radically change the conversation from INCARCERATION to what will really end this national nightmare.”
Time will tell whether or not Booker’s views will influence the governor’s decision, but standing behind the use of weed will probably make him more popular among the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Snoop, and other weed supporters in the game.
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