Kamala Harris: “The War on Drugs was a failure”

By Oscar Pascual |

California Attorney General Kamala Harris won the crowd over at this year’s California Democratic Convention, using a platform against prohibition and the War on Drugs during her speech to become the state’s favorite choice for its next Senator.

“I’ll tell you what standing up with the people also means,” Harris passionately told the crowd. “It means challenging the policy of mass incarceration by recognizing the War on Drugs was a failure.”

Harris then went to bat to end federal raids on the state’s law-abiding medical cannabis dispensaries with an indirect dish on Democratic U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her anti-legalization stance.

“And Democrats, on that point, let’s be clear also — now is the time to end the federal ban on medical marijuana,” Harris said.

Harris commanded the crowd of at least 2,000 Democrats and was easily one of the stars of the convention. Breitbart reports that Harris was given a prime-time speaking spot, and also received the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is predicted to run as 2016 presidential candidate against the presumed Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.

The same can’t be said for Harris’ opposition for the Senate position, Loretta Sanchez.

Sanchez was given a far less visible speaking spot on Sunday, after many attendants had left after Saturday’s events. Moreover, her weekend was marred by an unfortunate joke made at an Indian-American caucus where she pointed out the difference between Indians and Native Americans by imitating a “war cry.”

Despite Sanchez’ poor outing at the convention, she also believes in ending prohibition in California.

“I have seen in my own state of California people over and over voting in a big majority the whole issue of marijuana and possession of that,” Sanchez said in a 2013 interview with CNN. “Maybe it would be a good pilot program to see how that regulation of marijuana might happen in California since the populous, the majority of Californians believe maybe that should happen.”

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