On one topic during the vice presidential debate, Kamala Harris did not beat around the bush: marijuana.
Harris unequivocally promised that a hypothetical President Joe Biden would decriminalize marijuana and would also expunge the records of those convicted of using or possessing it.
“We will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana,” she said. According to LA Weekly, Harris’s statement is “the biggest promise on cannabis reform made by a presidential or vice presidential candidate in such a public venue.”
While Vice President Mike Pence did not state a position on marijuana, he did attack Harris’s record in prosecuting marijuana-related offenses.
Pence points out Harris’s inconsistencies
“When you were [district attorney] in San Francisco, when you left office, African Americans were 19 times more likely to be prosecuted for minor drug offenses than whites and Hispanics,” Pence said.
“When you were attorney general of California, you increased report the disproportionate incarceration of blacks in California. You did nothing on criminal justice reform in California,” he concluded.
Harris did speak during the debate about the Biden-Harris criminal justice reform plan, but her details weren’t comforting.
The plan calls for “immediately” banning chokeholds by police officers, creating a “national registry for police officers who break the law,” and eliminating private prisons and cash bails.
In other words, the entire country will be like New York City, which banned cash bail earlier this year and is now experiencing a huge surge in crime rates.
Soft on crime
Why do Democrats want to make it much easier to commit crimes? Many of those released without cash bail in New York City went on to commit other crimes, and some of those were violent ones.
Even New York City changed its own rules after just three months of no cash bail, and judges can now impose it in more instances than before.
We will find out in a few weeks whether the Democrats’ soft-on-crime stance pays off at the ballot box. Given the fact that most people don’t commit crimes and know that letting people get away with criminal activity is going to lead to bad things, I am hopeful that voters will say a resounding “no” to the soft-on-crime approach.