from the Washington Free Beacon:
Kamala Harris Packed California Prisons With Pot Peddlers
Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) admitted in an interview this week to using marijuana, an act that landed thousands in prison while she was California’s Attorney General and opposed legalization of the drug.
The drug use admission to the “Breakfast Club” came as part of Harris’ attempt to erase the reputation she earned as a California prosecutor. She is now calling for legalizing marijuana as a first step to end the War on Drugs, but opposed marijuana legalization during both her 2010 campaign for Attorney General and 2014 re-election campaign, when she notably lost support from the marijuana industry after she laughed at her Republican opponent for supporting legalization.
Under Harris’s six-year tenure, hundreds were sent to state prisons for marijuana-related offenses, crime records show.
Possession of small quantities of marijuana (up to an ounce) for personal use has been decriminalized in California since 1975. However, sales of the drug remained illegal until 2018, when the commercial licensing portion of Proposition 64—the ballot measure that legalized weed state-wide—was implemented. That means that the state still arrested, prosecuted, and imprisoned people for marijuana-related offenses.
The California Attorney General’s office does not provide organized, publicly available data on annual prosecutions. When contacted by the Free Beacon, it could only point to its OpenJustice data portal, which reports only limited data sets. However, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation does provide data on the total number of admissions to state prisons annually, in its “Offender Data Points” series and the now-discontinued “Characteristics of New Admissions” series.