Kamala Harris praises Illinois for legalizing marijuana

Kamala Harris praises Illinois for legalizing marijuana
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCalifornia poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday praised Illinois for legalizing recreational marijuana.

"Thankful states like Illinois are stepping up to correct the mistakes of our past," the White House hopeful tweeted. "It’s time to do the same at the federal level."

Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) last week, the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act will legalize the drug's use at the beginning of next year.


It will allow licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and over.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The bill has been praised for including rules that will expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records. 

Pritzker called the bill the most "equity-centric cannabis legalization in the nation."

Harris is a co-sponsor of the federal Marijuana Justice Act, introduced by fellow 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerOvernight Energy: Top presidential candidates to skip second climate forum | Group sues for info on 'attempts to politicize' NOAA | Trump allows use of oil reserve after Saudi attacks Poll: 33 percent of voters undecided on who won third Democratic debate Jon Bon Jovi: Booker would 'do an amazing job' as president MORE (D-N.J.) last year.

The policy would require federal courts to expunge the records of Americans who have prior marijuana convictions related to use or possession.