California’s Senator Kamala Harris on Thursday became one of the lastest top officials to back a bill aimed at ending U.S. federal prohibition on cannabis.
In a video published on Twitter, Harris says she is “proud” to back the bill as it is “the right thing to do,” urging people to “get smart.”
The fact is, marijuana laws are not applied and enforced in the same way for all people. That’s why I’ve signed onto @CoryBooker’s Marijuana Justice Act to make marijuana legal at the federal level. It’s the smart thing to do. pic.twitter.com/JD5qqm0bfU
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) May 10, 2018
The bill introduced by Sen. Cory Booker in the Senate last year. It has the backing of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York, and former Democratic presidential nominee and Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Like her counterparts, Harris points to how “marijuana laws are not applied and enforced in the same way for all people.”
Statistics show that even though both white and blacks use marijuana in the same rate, the latter are far more prone to be incarcerated.
There are nine U.S. states, including California and D.C. where the recreational use of marijuana is legal. Also, 29 U.S. states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana.
But cannabis remains illegal on a federal level.
So far, the bill has four senators to back it. The number is considered small if compared to the 100-member Senate, where each U.S. states is represented by two senators.
However, this is only the beginning of a bill that it is seeing some support from key senators like Sanders and Gillibrand, who are expected to run in the 2020 elections.[share-btn]