The National Review reports…..Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) plans to make government loans available to “economically and socially disadvantaged” Americans seeking to launch marijuana businesses, she revealed as part of a broader criminal justice plan released Monday.
Harris, who has been criticized by progressives over her record as a prosecutor, calls for a restorative justice approach to marijuana legalization that would direct the resulting economic benefits to the communities that she argues have been most harmed by the war on drugs. As part of this approach, Harris would direct federal funds to states and local governments that would then provide presumably low-interest marijuana business loans to individuals deemed “disadvantaged.”
“Provides states and localities with funds to make loans to assist small businesses in the marijuana industry that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals,” the criminal justice plan reads.
Harris would fund these loans through a “sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products.”