Harris And Pence Clash On Marijuana And Drug Enforcement During VP Debate

Harris And Pence Clash On Marijuana And Drug Enforcement During VP Debate

Marijuana and drug enforcement was a topic of contention during Wednesday’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and incumbent Vice President Mike Pence (R). During a segment on race and the criminal justice system, Harris said that if elected, she and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden “will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana.” She also pledged that their administration would take steps to track police who abuse their positions and to ban private prisons and cash bail. Later, while he didn’t directly weigh in on the issue of marijuana reform, Pence attacked Harris’s drug enforcement record as a prosecutor. “When you were when you were [district attorney] in San Francisco, when you left office, African Americans were 19 times more likely to be prosecuted for minor drug offenses than whites and Hispanics,” he said. “When you were attorney general of California, you increased report the disproportionate incarceration of blacks in California. You did nothing on criminal justice reform in California.” The vice president also claimed his Democratic opponent “didn’t lift a finger to pass” criminal justice reform legislation signed into law by President Donald Trump. Harris is the lead Senate sponsor of a bill to federally legalize marijuana and fund programs to repair the harms of the war on drugs, but didn’t publicly endorse ending cannabis prohibition until 2018. She previously campaigned against a ballot measure to enact legalization in California in 2010 and as a prosecutor enforced…

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