We often hear that we live in a free country, but what does that really mean? The promise of liberty has been taken from many people, in major part due to regressive criminal laws that hurt those they claim to help. It is my goal that as your mayor I would preside over the greatest increase and preservation of civil liberties in the history of Los Angeles.
California voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016. They made their voices and wishes crystal clear, and our current leaders have ignored them. Many in power in Los Angeles have engaged in corrupt practices involving limited licensing, over-taxation, and burdensome regulation that harm dispensaries. These practices present a tremendous strain on local businesses. It’s time for the city of Los Angeles to butt out of overregulating marijuana.
In conjunction with this, we need to take a look at how we implement drug policy in this city. We should take the approach of harm-reduction, not criminalization. I support clean needle programs and safe injection sites. The War on Drugs has been a tremendous failure. It's time to just say no.
I have worked on numerous campaigns fighting for criminal justice reform. Voters have showed up in large numbers over and over to show their support for reform, rather than the failed approaches of the past. Now police unions are trying to fight the very reforms that we Angelenos voted for. I will work with activists and justice advocates to take actions that will make our communities truly safer, rather than ones that just lock up more Angelenos.
1) It’s time for the city of Los Angeles to stop overregulating marijuana and end the corrupt practices of limited licensing that serve to benefit only the wealthy.
2) I will support harm-reduction policies rather than drug criminalization, supporting clean needle programs and safe injection sites.
3) I will work to support the policies of criminal justice reform.