- Nearly a decade ago, Vice President Kamala Harris laughed at the prospect of legalizing marijuana in California, even as her Republican opponent embraced reform in the race for attorney general.
- But Harris, once a hard-nosed prosecutor, rallied behind the Biden administration’s decision last week to pardon all federal convictions of simple marijuana possession, a surprise announcement delivered in the countdown to the midterm election.
- “Speaking of the system of justice, we are also changing — y’all might have heard that this week — the federal government’s approach to marijuana,” Harris said to applause at the 2022 Texas Democratic Party Johnson-Jordan reception on Sunday. “The bottom line there is: Nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed.”
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