Cory Booker Says Marijuana Enforcement is a Key Component of Racial Injustice

With the nation’s attention turned toward racial disparities in policing, it’s important to remember the role that cannabis criminalization plays in criminal injustice.

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) brought attention to the subject last Friday in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

“Right now, the data that we see from employment information all the way to marijuana laws—where [there is] no difference between blacks and whites for using the drug, but there was more marijuana arrests in 2017 than all violent crime arrests combined, and blacks were four times more likely to be arrested for it,” he said.

Booker was was among the field of candidates running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. He now is considered a possible contender for Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick.

Watch the full clip of Booker's remarks here