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Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director May 10, 2018

    Today, California’s junior Senator Kamala Harris announced in a video message that she will be joining Senators Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Ron Wyden on the Marijuana Justice Act.

    This comes just a week and a half after California senior Senator Diane Feinstein told reporters that she has dropped her opposition to ending the federal prohibition of marijuana, however, did not elaborate on how to do so.

    The Marijuana Justice Act (S. 1689 and HR 4815) would (1) remove marijuana from the US Controlled Substances Act, thereby ending the federal criminalization of cannabis; (2) incentivize states to mitigate existing and ongoing racial disparities in state-level marijuana arrests; (3) expunge federal convictions specific to marijuana possession; (4) allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related violations to petition the court for resentencing; (5) and create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs.

    Senator Harris has come a long way on her position of this issue, most known for her response to a question in 2014 on legalizing marijuana when she laughed in the face of a reporter at the thought.

    Journalist Tom Angell noted last year that Senator Harris would oddly talk about the drug war in the past-tense when making public statements or on social media. By co-sponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, she is making it crystal clear that the Drug War rages on and that it is the responsibility of the Congress to do something about it.

    Have your federal officials co-sponsored the Marijuana Justice Act? Have you asked them to? Click here to send a message right now. 

    58 responses to “Senator Kamala Harris Cosponsors The Marijuana Justice Act”

    1. Julian says:

      Is it possible this Koch-private-prison-Big-Pharma Administration is running out of vile prohibitionist candidates?

      https://www.marijuanamoment.net/possible-trump-veterans-chief-backs-state-medical-marijuana-laws/

      I mean, we’re down to Trump’s lowest cards… Guiliani…

      • Matt says:

        quite possibly, Julian, let’s hope so! lol at the sheep at the Indy trump rally last night (“uh TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP” Samoa Joe music plays). Old man Grassley, Christie, Sembler, Bennett, turtle McConnell, both Sessions, Rick Jones here in MI, Sabet…..the old dinosaur list goes on….Joe Peters today on Faux and Failures. Shame also ab. the 7th Circuit Court seat. Ryan Zinke snake answers. keeping up the fight, though.

        • Matt says:

          they call us the recreational-industrial complex, lol. Was watching on MSNBC on Rudy, past and present. I will have more to say on him soon…..9/11 stuff, past activism. Iam glad he is not A.G., though. He does not seem to like marijuana!

        • Julian says:

          Matt,
          I would share in your laughter, except for something I discovered in Advanced Placement Government class in School-High, back in D.C.; WE are the cause of our own government depending on what WE PURCHASE.
          We can choose to purchase prescription meds. Or we can manage our pain with fairly taxed state legalized marijuana. That’s a choice. And only after consuming marijuana do many of us question questionable authority. Those that retain their doctor’s advice without research and their private insurance without compensation may be in for a long ride to Trumpville.

        • Evening Bud says:

          Matt,

          You just listed a Who’s Who of major league assholes.

      • Matt says:

        they call us the recreational-industrial complex, lol, and, yeah, on msnbc today, talking about Rudy, past and present. I have more to say about Guliani soon. 9/11 stuff, etc. And glad he is not A.G. He does not seem to like marijuana.

    2. Matt says:

      Just read about….great job! She and Booker are awesome, working toward a better future! GO Senator Harris!

    3. Matt says:

      and about time on Feinstein!

    4. Dylan says:

      Great job it is time for a change it will make the economy amazing again everybody will have a job again we need this so bad

    5. Matt says:

      We needed her, she is right on race and many issues!

    6. wayne53 says:

      Actually there are republicans that support legalization! Rand Paul has for years! There are others! I get sick of the republican bashing by my fellow lovers of the sacred herb. Legalization is a freedom issue, why does it have to be so liberal on here? Americans of all faiths colors and political beliefs love cannabis! MAGA must include cannabis.

      • Dain Bramage says:

        Wayne53,
        Nope. There are facts involved here, Son. Facts all over the place. And facts are not your strength. You know that. So don’t even try. Just shut the fuck up, sit the fuck down, and go back to your happy place.

        We Democrats will take our country back from Putin, and legalize marijuana, too; you Republicans sure as hell won’t do either one.

      • Sean says:

        Then go back to Breitbart if you feel that way about liberals. Strangely, I notice illiberal leaders like Trump, Duterte, Orban and Erdogan whine about liberals all the time just like you. What is about being a liberal that triggers you and your ilk?

    7. Matt says:

      gotta love PAULETTE JORDAN of Idaho!

    8. Julian says:

      Senator Harris, if you want my vote, cosponsor the Hemp Bill. Why haven’t you already?

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