Last updated on: 1/15/2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Kamala Harris, JD Biography

Title:
US Senator (D-CA)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Something else it’s past time we get done is dismantling the failed war on drugs – starting with legalizing marijuana… Between 2001 and 2010, more than seven million people were arrested for simple possession of marijuana. They are disproportionately black and brown. One stark example: during the first three months of 2018, 93 percent of the people the NYPD arrested for marijuana possession were people of color. These racial disparities are staggering and unconscionable. We need to legalize marijuana and regulate it. And we need to expunge nonviolent marijuana-related offenses from the records of the millions of people who have been arrested and incarcerated so they can get on with their lives.”

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, 2019

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to marijuana or drug policy. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to drug, crime, or public health issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (D-CA), Jan. 2017-present
  • 32nd Attorney General of the State of California, Jan. 2011-Jan. 2017
  • District Attorney, San Francisco, 2004-2011
  • Former Rodel Fellow, Aspen Institute
  • Former Board Member, California District Attorneys Association
  • Former Vice President, National District Attorneys Association
  • Managing Attorney, Career Criminal Unit of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, 1998-2003
  • Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, 1990-1998
Education:
  • JD, Hastings College of the Law, University of California, 1989
  • BA, Howard University, 1986
Contact Info:
Phone
202-224-3553, DC office
Email
Online Contact Form
Website
harris.senate.gov
Other:
  • Twitter handle: @KamalaHarris
  • She was the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian American to hold the office of Attorney General in the history of California
  • Named as one of “America’s 20 Most Powerful Women” by Newsweek magazine
  • Named as one of the “100 Most Influential African Americans” by Ebony magazine
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?