Alex Padilla will fill the vacancy left by Sen. Kamala Harris
Earlier today California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that the state’s current secretary of state, Alex Padilla, will fill the vacancy left by Sen. Kamala Harris, who will be sworn in as Vice President Harris on Jan. 20, 2021.
The appointment bodes well for cannabis law reform on both the national and state level. Sen. Padilla is expected to offer at least equal support for legalization as Harris—if not more. As senator, Harris sponsored the broadest bill yet to end marijuana prohibition, the MORE Act. That bill would delete the type of marijuana crimes she once prosecuted as San Francisco District Attorney, and later as California State Attorney General.
The 2021 Congress will consider more such calls to deschedule cannabis, and reformers should benefit from a savvy new Sen. Padilla.
David Goldman, San Francisco chapter president of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club, said, “I’m happy with his selection by Governor Newsom.”
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