Kamala Harris Calls Current Federal Cannabis Policy ‘Absurd’

Vice President Kamala Harris (D) said on Friday that it’s “absurd” and “patently unfair” to rank cannabis above fentanyl and alongside heroin at Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), according to a CNN report.

The vice president made the statement during a roundtable discussion covering the Biden Administration’s latest cannabis reform efforts. Moderated by musician and philanthropist Fat Joe, the discussion included Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) — who last year announced the pardoning of low-level cannabis possession charges — and a group of individuals who have received cannabis pardons.

“Marijuana is considered as dangerous as heroin and more dangerous than fentanyl, which is absurd, not to mention patently unfair. I’m sure DEA is working as quickly as possible and will continue to do so and we look forward to the product of their work.” — Harris, during the roundtable discussion

Harris, who started in politics as a prosecutor in California, also said that the criminal justice system has “failed” on its promise of “equal justice under the law.”

“And I say that with full knowledge of how this system has worked, including my experience as a prosecutor,” she said in the report.

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