VP Kamala Harris is urging Congress to act on cannabis reform

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The second-in-command thinks it’s time for Congress to quit wasting time on cannabis

Kamala Harris became the first black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. An important part of her stint as the US vice president is her outspoken support for cannabis. She recently revisited policy issues related to the plant, making it clear that Congress needs to act on long-awaited reform.

On a recent episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Harris addressed certain policy issues that remain stalled in Congress. While she did not make clear what her expectations are regarding what action members of the Senate and House would take on Joe Biden’s executive decision, she said that she and her colleagues have tried in recent years to enact legislative reform.

Echoing what the president said, Harris expects governors to welcome the initiative and begin by issuing pardons at the state level. The White House certainly seems to be becoming more and more vocal on cannabis, and this interview with Harris solidifies that fact.

“I strongly believe in this-and the majority of Americans agree-nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed,” VP Harris reiterated. “Ultimately, though, as with so many issues, if Congress acts, then there is a uniform approach to this and so many other issues.”

The VP is aware that the midterms are getting closer and that is why she urged Congress to take action as soon as possible. “But Congress needs to act. We’re 29 days away from the midterms,” she said. “Ask who you’re voting for where they stand on this, and I encourage you to vote accordingly.”