These days, Senator Kamala Harris introduced a bill that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. The bill is referred to as Marijuana Chance Reinvestment and Expungement Act. It also appears to expunge harsh cannabis drug sentences and encourage minority-owned companies inside the cannabis business.

Activists and numerous 2020 candidates view the criminalization of cannabis as a civil rights battle. According to an evaluation by the American Civil Liberties Union, arrest records amongst 2001 and 2010 showed blacks are three.73 occasions far more probably than whites to be arrested for cannabis-associated crimes.

Such proposals have been floated in the previous and are supported by lawmakers on each sides of the aisle.

What’s notable about this bill, on the other hand, is that for the initial time the chairman of the Property Judiciary Committee was involved in drafting such a measure.

The bill also states that five% of federal taxes collected from the marijuana business would be applied to develop trust funds aimed at assisting “those most impacted by the ‘War on Drugs,’” tiny marijuana company owned by “socially and economically disadvantaged folks,” and making far more employment possibilities for folks negatively impacted by drug laws.

The bill would also demand “the Bureau of Labor Statistics to gather information on the demographics of the business to assure folks of colour and these who are economically disadvantaged are participating in the business.”

Harris had previously voiced her help for marijuana legalization throughout an interview with “The Breakfast Club,” a well known syndicated radio show that has hosted quite a few presidential candidates this year. Throughout that interview, she also admitted to smoking marijuana in college.

“Listen, I consider that it offers a lot of folks joy,” Harris stated on the plan, “and we need to have far more joy in the globe.”

Harris is also a co-sponsor of Sen. Cory Brooker’s Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which also calls for the decriminalization of recreational cannabis and investments into the communities disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.

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