Nearly 2,000 people in jail for marijuana thanks to Kamala Harris: former state AG confesses and laughs after question about weed use
The debate between Tulsi Gabbard and Kamala Harris prompted a closer look at the Senator's biography. Gabbard said she is concerned about Harris's handling of marijuana law, imprisoning thousands of people while remaining at large.
“I'm deeply concerned about this record," Gabbard said. "There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana."
According to early statistics, Harris facilitated the arrest of 1,560 people. Later, California's Department of Corrections stated that there are many more convicted criminals, namely 1974, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
"The [Free Beacon article] cited statistics from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that said ‘at least 1,560 people were sent to state prisons for marijuana-related offenses between 2011 and 2016' during the time Harris was the state AG," wrote the Chronicle's Joe Garofoli. "On Thursday, a department spokesman told the Chronicle that 1,974 people were admitted for hashish and marijuana convictions during that period."