[Editor’s Note: Jokes aside, Sen. Grassley killed the First Step Act amendment allowing states to legalize and regulate cannabis without Federal interference.]
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) joked on Wednesday that he plans on sending marijuana-infused brownies to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to congratulate him on his future chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The quip came after Graham fielded a question about whether the panel will be taking up marijuana reform legislation in the next Congress under his leadership. The senators were appearing together at a press conference to discuss the recent passage of the First Step Act, a bipartisan federal criminal justice reform bill. Graham didn’t directly address the question, saying that he plans to tackle fentanyl, a potent opioid, and “make it so hard to deal in fentanyl you won’t want to do it because you’re literally killing people with a little bit of a drop.”
“That’s different than marijuana,” Graham said, “so let’s look at everything, and the committee will be in business to look at everything and make some good common sense decisions.”
Booker, who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, then remarked: “I plan on sending brownies to his office to celebrate his new chairmanship,” a not-so-subtle reference to the cannabis-infused pastry. The C-SPAN audio isn’t especially clear, but it sounded like Graham responded by saying that he could use some of those brownies “right now.”
The joke even got a grin out of Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the current Judiciary Committee chair who on Tuesday shut down an amendment to the First Step Act that would have let states legalize marijuana without federal interference
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