Kamala Harris Calls Out Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests Without Noting Own Prosecutorial Record

Kamala Harris Calls Out Discriminatory Marijuana Arrests Without Noting Own Prosecutorial Record

In a new interview, Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) cited racial disparities in marijuana enforcement as an example of how there are effectively two separate systems of justice in the country for people of color and white people. But while she made the accurate point during the interview with CNN, she neglected to discuss her own role in enforcing cannabis’s criminalization and campaigning against legalization as a California prosecutor. “It does us no good if we want to solve those disparities to pretend they don’t exist,” Harris said. “You can look at, for example, marijuana offenses. Equal use between the white population and the black population, but black people are exponentially more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for those offenses.” “I don’t think that most reasonable people who are paying attention to the facts would dispute that there are racial disparities and a system that has engaged in racism,” she said. Harris has evolved significantly on marijuana policy over the past couple of years, but it remains the case that during her time as San Francisco’s district attorney, she oversaw thousands of misdemeanor and felony marijuana cases prosecuted by her office. It’s a history that both Democrats like Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Republicans like White House counselor Kellyanne Conway have criticized. Harris also coauthored a formal ballot argument urging voters to defeat a proposed California marijuana legalization measure while she was running to become state attorney general. In any case, the senator today supports comprehensive…

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