Last updated on: 1/26/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Cory Booker, JD, MA Biography

Title:
US Senator (D-NJ)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“There is no doubt in my mind that the federal government should not be in the marijuana prohibition business. It’s making us less safe, it’s costing taxpayers too much money, it’s violating our values. From every perspective—a libertarian perspective, fiscal conservative’s perspective, Christian evangelical perspective, progressive perspective—marijuana prohibition is just wrong… I am not going to be silent on this issue, especially when I can see—as the only senator that lives in a low-income inner-city community—the damage that has been done over decades of a failed war on drugs…

This war on drugs is a war on people, and not all people: It’s a war on poor people, on mentally ill people, on addicted people, and on people of color…

I have never smoked marijuana, I have never smoked a cigarette, I have never eaten marijuana… This to me is not an issue I come at through my own experimentations. I come at this as an issue of justice, as an issue of safety for our communities, as an issue of utter fairness.”

Alex Suskind, “Cory Booker Explains Why He’s Making Legal Weed His Signature Issue,” vice.com, Oct. 18, 2017

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-NJ), Oct. 2013-present
  • Introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, which would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and make it legal at the federal level, Aug. 17, 2017
  • Ranking Member, US Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation
  • Member: US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Mayor of Newark, NJ, July 2006-2013
  • Recipient, Sarah Brady Visionary Award, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Dec. 2009
  • Founder, Newark Now, 2002
  • Central Ward Council Member, Newark City Council, 1998–2002
  • Former staff attorney, Urban Justice Center in Newark
  • Former Senior Fellow, Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
  • Former Partner, Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Tully, Lubetkin, DiPasquale and Webster
Education:
  • JD, Yale Law School, 1997
  • BA, Modern History, Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford, 1994
  • MA, Sociology, Stanford University, 1992
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1991
Contact Info:
Phone
202-224-3224, Washington, DC office
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
booker.senate.gov
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @CoryBooker
  • Born on Apr. 27, 1969 in Washington, DC
  • Star of Sundance Channel’s documentary series Brick City, 2009
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?