Is Kamala Harris Working For The People On Cannabis Legislation?
Both sides say she’s consistently fought for the people — but which people changes, depending on who you ask. Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, has a nuanced and misunderstood history with cannabis. As a district attorney and the attorney general of California, Harris was responsible for prosecuting drug offenders. In her time as DA, she infamously prosecuted more cannabis offenders than her predecessor (a staggering 1,900 people). Yet, as a U.S. senator, she has championed initiatives to set cannabis dealers free and provide greater access to weed. She even openly talked about her own cannabis consumption and her love for pro-weed artists like Snoop Dogg. These sound like allegations of flip-flopping, but a closer look at her record reveals a more nuanced and evolving take on cannabis than the abrupt shift she stands accused of. Harris For the Prosecution Harris’ political ambition started in the famously left-leaning city of San Francisco. It’s where she oversaw the prosecution of those 1,900 cannabis consumers, which sounds like a stringent anti-weed position. However, Harris’ office was actually rather lenient on drug sentences. The majority of cannabis charges brought by Harris’ office were low-level. The courts settled them without jail time. While the numbers appear to confirm an anti-cannabis stance, her decisions on how to deal with drug offenders is a progressive bona fide. In fact, during her tenure as DA only forty-five individuals went to state prison for weed crimes. That’s not bad for a seven-year run in a large urban center.…
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