Vice president: White House hasn’t yet ‘taken on’ federal marijuana reform

Marijuana reform advocates hope Vice President Kamala Harris eventually helps influence President Joe Biden to warm up to potential federal legalization.

But apparently those discussions haven’t yet taken place, even as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York gets closer to introducing a comprehensive marijuana reform bill.

“We haven’t yet taken that on,” Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Honestly, right now, we’ve been focused on getting people food, helping them stay in their apartments or in their homes, getting kids back to school, getting shots into arms,” Harris said.

“That has been all-consuming.”

Schumer said in a recent interview with Politico that he wants Biden to have some time to study the issue.

“But at some point, we’re going to move forward, period.”

Harris, a former San Francisco prosecutor and California attorney general, was criticized for overseeing offices that prosecuted hundreds of marijuana-related convictions.

But as a U.S. senator, she supported federal marijuana legalization and co-sponsored the SAFE Banking Act, which would allow financial institutions to serve cannabis businesses without fear of federal prosecution.

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2 comments on “Vice president: White House hasn’t yet ‘taken on’ federal marijuana reform
  1. YearofAction on

    Now that 36 states have legalized some form of cannabis use, and the U.N. has rescheduled cannabis, people can contact their members of Congress about reconstructing the current Federal definition of marijuana in the necessary and proper way to:

    1). remove the persistent features of racism, duplicity, and circumlocution that have malformed the definition since 1937, and were misused to unjustly prohibit cannabis, to sanction the neglect of the human Endocannabinoid System, and to revitalize the despicable aspects of Slavery and Prohibition; and

    2). unambiguously describe how marijuana is actually derived from any cannabis plant that is included under the archetypal designation of Cannabis sativa L.; and

    3). specify the perimeter of Federal prohibitions of cannabis use that codify the original intent, common sense, context, and promise of the 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th, and 14th Amendments.

    The reconstructed definition would then:

    1). carefully deschedule cannabis plants, while retaining the Schedule 1 status of marijuana itself until its adulterated medical value is separately reconsidered for descheduling or rescheduling; and

    2). circumscribe and disencumber the ratified Power of each state to fairly control cannabis use by its citizens; and

    3). restore and protect the ratified Liberty rights, privileges, and immunities of citizens to grow cannabis plants, lawfully engage in cannabis commerce, and carefully use the multitude of cannabis products, under state laws and within the ratified perimeter.

    Such a rectified definition could be more appealing to the White House because it would conclusively uphold the Constitution without legalizing marijuana, like this:

    (21 U.S.C. 802(16)) The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L., which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company, and such smoke is prohibited to be inhaled by any child or by any person bearing any firearm, as is their intake of any part or any product of such plant containing more than 0.3% THC by weight unless prescribed to such child by an authorized medical practitioner.

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