New Jersey Senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker (D) said he will only support REC legalization if the bill contains equity provisions for the communities most affected by the war on drugs. He is now working to include them in the STATES Act.

Booker sponsored the more liberal Marijuana Justice Act which would expunge past convictions and support investment in those communities.

He’s throwing down the gauntlet as legalization becomes more central to the Democrat’s agenda.

Also: Federal regulations to support businesses in struggling “opportunity zones” could benefit cannabis businesses.
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  1. McGuireWoods is the latest powerful D.C. firm to join cannabis lobbying efforts.
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