Harris to introduce U.S. Senate bill to decriminalize marijuana, expunge convictionsPosted by On


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic White House hopeful Kamala Harris will introduce 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.”

FILE PHOTO – Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks at a campaign house party in Gilford, New Hampshire, U.S., July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Harris, a U.S. senator from California and the state’s former attorney general, will be joined by Democratic U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, who will introduce the bill in the House of Representatives. Both serve on the judiciary panels in their respective chambers that would hold initial hearings on the measure.

A preview of the Harris-Nadler legislation was provided to Reuters by Harris’ Senate office.

“Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime,” Harris said in a…

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