New Jersey’s Senator Cory Booker wasn’t about to let former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments on marijuana go without a response.
Recently Biden had said he thought marijuana was a gateway drug and at the Democratic debate, Booker wondered if Biden had been “high when [he] said it.”
Congresswoman Ilhan Omar tweeted Booker’s comment almost immediately after he said it.
“I have a lot of respect for the vice president,” Booker said. “He swore me into my office. He’s a hero. This week I hear him literally say that ‘I don’t think we should legalize marijuana.’ I thought you might have been high when you said it.”
“Marijuana in our country is already legal for privileged people,” Booker continued, “and the war on drugs has been a war on black and brown people.”
According to Booker, more African Americans were under “criminal supervision in America since the slaves in 1850.”
“Do not roll up into communities and not talk directly to issues that are going to relate to the liberation of children because there are people in Congress right now who admit to smoking marijuana, while our kids are in jail right now for those drug crimes,” Booker explained. “These are the kinds of issues that mean a lot to our community.”
“Anyone who has a record should be let out of jail, their records expunged and completely zeroed out,” Biden did however say but he emphasized the need for more research.