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Pro & Con: Will A VP Kamala Harris Lead to Marijuana Legalization or Set it Back?

Editor’s note: Kris Krane, who occasionally contributes to CBE, wrote a Pro and Con set of views in Forbes that provides readers with a look at what a Biden/Harris win could mean for the marijuana Industry based on Harris’ track record. CBE thought this was an interesting read in laying out the potential ramifications of a successful Democratic ticket in November.

by Kris Krane

Disclaimer: When Kamala Harris was chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate last week, I couldn’t help but notice a sharp divide among supporters of marijuana policy reform on social media about the impact she would have on the issue. Many felt that her background as a prosecutor and longtime opposition to legalization before coming around in recent years meant that she was likely to revert to her past stance and echo Joe Biden’s lackluster position on the issue, effectively blocking any real chance of reform in the next four years. Others argue that her newfound support of the issue and sponsorship of key reform legislation provided hope that she could be the catalyst to federal legalization in a Biden administration. Virtually nobody seemed to find a middle ground. So I decided to take this to its natural extreme, writing two columns at once that make the case for both sides.

Pro: To read the case for why Senator Harris is the best thing to happen to marijuana since the THC receptor, [Read More @ Forbes]

Con: To read the case for why Senator Harris is the worst thing to happen to marijuana since Harry Anslinger, [Read More @ Forbes]


Kris Krane

Kris Krane

Kris Krane is the President & Co-Founder, 4Front Ventures. He founded 4Front Advisors in 2011, Kris now serves as president of 4Front Ventures.

Prior to co-founding  4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, a pioneer in developing best practices within the medical cannabis industry. Kris has dedicated his career to reforming the nation’s misguided drug policies, where he served as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) and as Treasurer of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and the Cannabis Business Association of Illinois (CBAI). Kris is also a member of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association Board (NJCIA) and is a regular contributor to Forbes on the business of cannabis. He resides in Chicago with his family.

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