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Harris Introduces Senate Bill To Decriminalize Marijuana, Expunge Convictions

“Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime”

Democratic White House hopeful Kamala Harris introduced a Senate bill on Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, erase past convictions and use funds from marijuana sales to invest in communities hit by the decades-long “war on drugs.”

Harris, a U.S. senator from California and the state’s former attorney general, was joined by Democratic U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, who introduced the bill in the House of Representatives. Both serve on the judiciary panels in their respective chambers.

Details of the Harris-Nadler legislation were provided to Reuters by Harris’ Senate office.

“Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” Harris said in a statement. “We need to start regulating marijuana, and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives.”

Harris’ marijuana stances have evolved. In May 2018, the former prosecutor signed on to a bill by now fellow White House contender Senator Cory Booker to fully legalize it after previously supporting legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing past convictions.

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