The cavalcade of 2020 presidential hopefuls pulling for marijuana legalization is getting larger. California senator Kamala Harris reinforced her sympathies with the weed community on Tuesday with the release of her new book The Truths We Hold: An American Journey. In it, she calls for regulation of cannabis, and more intensive research into the drug’s effects.
“Something else it’s past time we get done is dismantling the failed war on drugs—starting with marijuana,” writes Harris in an excerpt you can find on Google Books. Primary among the senator’s reasoning is the War on Drugs’ blatant racism. She cites the fact that at the beginning of 2018, 93 percent of all cannabis possession arrests made by the NYPD were of people of color.
“These racial disparities are staggering and unconscionable,” Harris says. “We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it.”
None of this is to say that Harris has come out as cannabis industry booster, per se. The candidate is careful to acknowledge that there is much we don’t know about the science of cannabis, particularly in relation to the way it affects our bodies.
But that lack of scientific evidence, she argues, is no reason to continue prohibition. Indeed, marijuana’s current