Breitbart: Kamala Harris Promises Loans to ‘Disadvantaged’ Individuals in the Marijuana Industry.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) unveiled a sweeping criminal justice reform plan Monday and dedicated a significant portion of it to the legalization of marijuana, promising to facilitate government loans to “socially and economically disadvantaged individuals” in the marijuana industry.
Harris unveiled her comprehensive criminal justice reform plan Monday, days ahead of the third Democrat debate in Houston, Texas. Harris’s plan calls for the end of mass incarceration, pushing community-based programs instead. She echoes many of her colleagues, emphasizing the importance of holding police departments accountable and treating individuals “equitably and humanely.” The presidential candidate dedicated a significant portion of her criminal justice reform plan to ending the “war on drugs” by legalizing marijuana.
“So it is past time to end the failed war on drugs, and it begins with legalizing marijuana,” Harris’s plan states. “Marijuana arrests account for over 50% of all drug arrests.”
“Of the 8.2 million marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010, 88% were for simple marijuana possession,” it continues. “Worse, despite roughly equal usage rates, Black people are about four times more likely than White people to be arrested for marijuana.”
“Black Americans also make up nearly 30% of all drug-related arrests, despite accounting for only 12.5% of substance users,” it adds.
Harris will make these changes by pushing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, which according to her website “legalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act.” It also promises loans to “assist small businesses in the marijuana industry that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.”