Brick City Mayor Cory Booker Says New Jersey Drug Policy Unfairly Targets Black Men

Cory Booker is making headlines again for a series of tweets blasting the effectiveness of the nation’s war on drugs. The Newark, N.J. mayor called the policies a ‘national nightmare.’ He also pledged his support for legalizing ‘medical marijuana,’ though he did say legalizing marijuana altogether would be problematic. The Huffington Post reports:

Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker took to Twitter on Wednesday, calling the government’s war on drugs a failure that unfairly targets the black population. His pointed criticism comes one day after New Jersey advanced a bill to decriminalize marijuana. If it passes, a person caught with 15 grams of pot or less would only face a $150 fine.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has not said whether he will support the bill.

While Booker did not directly address the legislation, the outspoken Democratic mayor set off a lively discussion when he tweeted a Patch article about a program that lets nonviolent drug offenders choose treatment over jail time.

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