Harris to Introduce US Senate Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana, Expunge Convictions

Harris to Introduce US Senate Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana, Expunge Convictions

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.” 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 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..