Former Drug Warrior Kamala Harris Wants To Legalize Pot. Can She Flip Joe Biden?
A funny thing happened to Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) on her way to the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential nomination: She is no longer “the drug warrior, vice cop, and draconian prosecutor” she used to be. When it comes marijuana, she has gone from being a hardline prohibitionist to one of the more pro-legalization members of the U.S. Senate.
As Kyle Jaeger of Marijuana Moment, a pro-legalization website, writes:
Though she coauthored an official voter guide argument opposing a California cannabis legalization measure as a prosecutor in 2010 and laughed in the face of a reporter who asked her about the issue in 2014, she went on to sponsor legislation to federally deschedule marijuana in 2019.
When Harris was running for reelection as San Francisco’s district attorney, she boasted that she “closed legal loopholes that were allowing drug dealers to escape prosecution” and bragged that she “increased convictions of drug dealers from 56% in 2003 to 74% in 2006.” But in the Senate, Harris has been an outspoken proponent of marijuana reform and rarely misses an opportunity to highlight her desire to legalize weed (and, on occasion, her past experience smoking it). Earlier this year—on 4/20, naturally—she tweeted that the “Senate must pass my Marijuana Opportunity Act to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge non-violent marijuana-related offenses from the records of the millions who’ve been arrested or incarcerated. Too many lives have been ruined by these regressive policies.”
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