Kamala Harris, the U.S Vice President, asserts that Biden’s administration isn’t concentrating on embarking on its cannabis reform promises since it is overpowered with tackling the COVID19 pandemic.
During an Interview conducted by The San Francisco Chronicle, Kamala Harris was questioned about marijuana policy and responded that they haven’t worked on that yet despite campaign pledges to support bills such as decriminalization and removal of past cannabis records.
She said that they’ve been concentrating on providing food to individuals, assisting them to remain in their premises, getting children back from their classes, and getting COVID19 vaccines. She added that these processes are time-consuming.
This will be the first time Harris or President Joe has openly talked about marijuana since November’s election.
Although Biden’s administration is primarily working on the Coronavirus issue, the same administration has embarked on other matters such as immigration, infrastructure, and the environment (these things were all the fundamentals of campaign promises that’ve already commenced).
The cannabis policy change has now stalled.
Activists have asserted that marijuana policy and COVID-19 relief aren’t mutually exclusive. For instance, ending state cannabis criminalization could open up more states to create tax-and-regulate cannabis programs, creating required employment opportunities and revenue to support economic recovery.
In 2020, Nancy Pelosi supported House Democrat’s move to incorporate language in a coronavirus relief package to safeguard financial institutions that service the cannabis sector from incurring state regulators’ penalties. She asserted that marijuana is a successfully proven therapy.
Apart from that, offering those protections could assist cannabis businesses to get banking services, implying that they would cease depending on cash transactions that put users and personnel at higher risk of acquiring the virus.
Marijuana authorization would also minimize unnecessary law enforcement interferences and incarcerations that might cause the spread of COVID19.
Kamala’s recent utterances show that Biden’s administration doesn’t prioritize marijuana reform.