On the heels of President Joe Biden offering a blanket
for all federal inmates who are serving time for simple possession of marijuana offenses, Vice President Kamala Harris now claims that "nobody" should serve "jail" time for that same offense.
On Saturday, Harris spoke at a
in Austin, Texas, addressing various issues, including the marijuana pardons.
"And speaking of the system of justice," Harris began, adopting what
of Independent Journal Review described as a "bizarre mixture of a Long Island and southern accent."
"We are also changing — y’all might have heard that this week — the federal government’s approach to marijuana," Harris continued and then paused for effect.
"Because the bottom line there is nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed," she added, smiling as the audience cheered.
\u201cVP HARRIS: "Nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed."\u201d
However, Harris did not mention the fact that she personally sent nearly 2,000 Californians to jail for marijuana-based offenses between 2004 and 2011 while she was district attorney of San Francisco. In fact, many credit Tulsi Gabbard's primary debate criticism of Harris' record as D.A. as the moment that sunk Harris' bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
"Now, Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and she’ll be a prosecutor president, but I’m deeply concerned about this record," Gabbard
at the time. "There are too many examples to cite. She put over 1500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana."
Though others put the total number of persons whom Harris incarcerated for marijuana at about
, Gabbard was right that Harris did laugh about smoking weed during a conversation with Charlamagne tha God in 2019. "I did inhale," she
with one of her signature laughs.
Now in 2022, many on social media have ripped Harris for such a hypocritical about-face on the issue.
"Clearly, Kamala has forgotten her legacy in California," said
, a Republican who is running for U.S. Senate for the state of California.