Kamala Harris Hosts Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform, Slams ‘Absurd’ Treatment of Marijuana

by Gee NY
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In a notable convergence of entertainment and politics, Vice President Kamala Harris engaged in a panel discussion led by rapper Fat Joe, focusing on pressing issues such as cannabis legalization, healthcare reform, and criminal justice.

The event, which took place on Friday afternoon, brought together prominent figures including Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and White House Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Steve Benjamin.

The hour-long conversation delved into the intricacies of criminal justice reform, with personal anecdotes shared by individuals who had received marijuana-related pardons.

Fat Joe, known for his outspoken advocacy, expressed gratitude for his journey through hip hop, which has allowed him to establish close ties with Vice President Harris.

Their relationship reportedly stemmed from his involvement with the healthcare reform group, Power To The Patients.

During the convo, Vice President Kamala Harris said that it is “absurd” and “patently unfair” that marijuana is treated the same as heroin and other Schedule I drugs – and more seriously than fentanyl – under federal law.

“Marijuana is considered as dangerous as heroin and more dangerous than fentanyl, which is absurd, not to mention patently unfair,” Harris said during a roundtable on the administration’s plans for cannabis reform. “I’m sure DEA is working as quickly as possible and will continue to do so and we look forward to the product of their work.”

Topics such as healthcare price transparency were also discussed, reflecting the rapper’s commitment to addressing issues close to his heart.

This interaction follows Fat Joe’s recent meeting with President Joe Biden, held after the President’s State of the Union address.

The rapper’s presence attracted attention from both political parties, with representatives seeking autographs and engaging in discussions with him.

Fat Joe’s involvement in advocacy, particularly through initiatives like Power to the Patients, underscores the growing intersection between entertainment and social activism.

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