Kamala Harris Is Officially All In On Marijuana Legalization

Kamala Harris Is Officially All In On Marijuana Legalization

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is the latest potential 2020 presidential candidate to support marijuana legalization.

The California senator announced on Thursday that she is signing onto a far-reaching bill to end the federal prohibition of cannabis, The Marijuana Justice Act, introduced last year by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

“It’s the smart thing to do. It’s the right thing to do,” she said in an interview with NowThis. “And I know this as a former prosecutor, I know this as a senator, and I know it when I just look at what we want as a country and where we need to be instead of where we’ve been.”

Harris has now joined the ranks of other potential 2020 Democratic presidential contenders who’ve endorsed the legislation, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Kirsten Gillibrand(D-NY). Booker himself is believed to be exploring a run for the party’s nomination as well.

Harris has faced criticism from legalization advocates for recently making public statements about the importance of federal cannabis reform, while until now declining to introduce or co-sponsor legislation that would actually accomplish that.

The Marijuana Justice Act would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act so that states could legalize without federal interference, and would withhold funding from states that maintain criminalization and continue to have racially disproportionate arrest and incarceration rates for cannabis.

The legislation would also direct federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions and allow people punished under disproportionately enforced cannabis laws to file civil lawsuits against those states.

Money withheld from states with discriminatory marijuana policies would be used to fund job training and libraries.

The Thursday announcement about signing onto the bill represents a stark reversal for Harris who, as California attorney general in 2014, simply laughed in a reporter’s face in response to a question about her position on marijuana.

Nevertheless, Harris’s move serves as yet another example of the rapid evolution in U.S. marijuana politics, with a growing number of high-profile lawmakers apparently recognizing the political capital of taking a pro-legalization approach to federal marijuana policy.

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Kamala Harris Is Officially All In On Marijuana Legalization

USC Football Coach: “Three Pots and You’re Finished”

USC Football Coach: “Three Pots and You’re Finished”

During an interview with the Mike and Mike program on ESPN, University of South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier spoke on a number of team discipline policies, including marijuana and domestic violence.

With issues throughout professional and collegiate athletics, Spurrier offered his own opinion on players marijuana usage and domestic violence:

“You can smoke pot and get lectured on it — three pots and you’re finished — and we have our rules for all our other things. We haven’t had anything happen [with domestic violence] in about eight years now, so I think it’s a good rule and if you enforce it it’s really helpful.”

The three strike system that Spurrier uses for marijuana use offers a second chance for a player who did not originally follow the team drug policy, but his stance on domestic violence offers no chance for redemption:

“I have had that rule I think every year I’ve been at South Carolina, so 10 years, and we have lost two players. I tell the team when they first arrive on campus, all the freshman know right now, if you ever hit a girl, punch a girl, whatever, you’re finished. You can go somewhere else, transfer somewhere else, but you’re not going to be on our team.

At 70 years old, its good to see that Spurrier offers the young men on his team a chance for redemption when dealing with marijuana, but offers no chance for excuses on an issue as serious as domestic violence.

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