Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is running for president in 2020
The junior senator from New Jersey announced his bid Friday in a video to supporters.
And in his first radio interview, Sen. Booker has called for the legalization of marijuana.
Speaking about criminal justice reform on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the New Jersey senator said, “It means changing our drug laws. Ending prohibition against marijuana.”
Booker highlighted the disproportionate impact of marijuana laws on the black community, and the fact that black people are roughly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession despite similar rates of usage to whites.
“We do not have equal justice under the law,” he said. “I believe in redemption.”
“This is a cancer on the soul of our country,” Booker said on the subject of mass incarceration as he discussed drug laws in the US. “Too many of our children are being shuttled into cages.”