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Kamala Harris: “We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it”

Kamala Harris We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) recently confirmed that she might run for president in 2020.

Hot on her agenda is calling for marijuana legalization and to end the war on drugs,

“Something else it’s past time we get done is dismantling the failed war on drugs—starting with legalizing marijuana,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) writes in her new book released on Tuesday.

“We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it,” Harris writes, pointing to racial disparities in cannabis enforcement. “And we need to expunge nonviolent marijuana-related offenses from the records of millions of people who have been arrested and incarcerated so they can get on with their lives.”

But Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) also says in the new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” that ending prohibition needs to be done “with eyes wide open, understanding that there is unfinished business when it comes to legalization.”

The former California state attorney general says that due to the drug’s restrictive Schedule I status, not enough research has been done on its effects and officials need to “invest in a solution” to impaired driving issues, as there is no currently available reliable breathalyzer-like device for cannabis.

When it comes to other drugs, the senator says “we also need to stop treating drug addiction like a public safety crisis instead of what it is: a public health crisis.”

“When someone is suffering from addiction, their situation is made worse, not better, by involvement in the criminal justice system,” she writes.

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