Kamala Harris says she will "Decriminalize Marijuana" During V.P. Debate

Amid her Vice Presidential debate with the current Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Kamala Harris once again committed to decriminalizing cannabis.

The first Vice Presidential debate occurred today between the current U.S. Vice President under Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Joe Biden's V.P. pick, Senator Kamala Harris, during which Kamala stated that "we will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana."

The recent comments build upon prior statements on cannabis made by Harris and Biden who released their 'Plan For Black America' in May of this year, in which the nominee's stated:

"[We will] decriminalize the use of cannabis and automatically expunge all prior cannabis use convictions, and end all incarceration for drug use alone and instead divert individuals to drug courts and treatment."

Additionally, Senator Harris's comments on marijuana and cannabis legalization follow more recent statements she made in an interview with the ABC:

"I'm so excited about what we can do in terms of a new administration in the White House. That is about taking on these issues in a way that makes clear that the American people are ready for it and they want it…a policy that is going to be about decriminalizing marijuana."

"Having a policy that is about looking at having a centralized database in our country that tracks police officers that have been found to break the rules or break the law. These are the kinds of things that need to be in place. Finally."

Kamala's comments at the debate reaffirm this commitment of the Biden/Harris administration to decriminalize cannabis on a federal level, which represents a subtly more pro-legalization stance than the Trump administration.

However, as we've mentioned here at The Green Fund previously, many critics of the Harris/Biden administration's marijuana and cannabis policy argue that decriminalization simply doesn't go far enough.

This is particularly true when one considers that Kamala was a co-sponsor of the MORE Act, which sought to not only decriminalize cannabis but to also legalize it on a federal level. Since then, Kamala Harris has since watered down her stance on marijuana legalization to be more in line with Joe Biden's.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.

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