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Kamala Harris Promises To Decriminalise Marijuana Across The US

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Kamala Harris Promises To Decriminalise Marijuana Across The US

Kamala Harris has promised to decriminalise marijuana across the US if Joe Biden wins the Presidential election.

The Democratic Party's Vice Presidential candidate revealed her party's stance during the debate against her opponent, Republican incumbent Mike Pence, last night.

She told the crowd: "We will decriminalise marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana."

It's the strongest endorsement on weed decriminalisation ever put forward by any Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate in the US.

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Marijuana is currently legal for personal use in more than 10 states and it's legal for medical use in many more. The policy would open that up to the whole country.

It's an interesting development on the Biden/Harris ticket as her running mate was previously against the idea of relaxing laws around weed. Presidential candidate Joe Biden wanted to see more evidence that the policy of decriminalisation would be beneficial to America.

He indicated last year that 'nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana', however his campaign hasn't committed anything substantial in terms of a clear policy... until now.

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Following the debate, stocks in weed companies saw a massive surge, with people excited about the idea of getting blazed all over America.

Harris said in September that this will be a massive help for people all over America.

"This is no time...for half-steppin', this is no time for incrementalism. We need to deal with the system, and there needs to be significant change in the design of the system," she said.

She was strongly against the idea up until 2014, but has slowly voiced her support for the decriminalisation movement. It wasn't until last year that she sponsored legislation that would federally deschedule cannabis at the federal level.

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While that would cover the country, individual states would still need to decriminalise it.

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Topics: News, US Election, Drugs

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