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SC-Sen: Jaime Harrison (D), “The racial disparities in marijuana enforcement is just unacceptable.”

U.S. Senate candidate, Jaime Harrison (D. SC), did an interview CNBC this week where he mainly discussed issues younger voters cared about. One of the biggest issues he discussed was legalizing marijuana:

I think we should legalize, regulate and tax marijuana like we do alcohol and tobacco. There is simply no medical reason to lock people up over this issue. In essence, this is about common sense. However, it’s also about criminal justice. We know that marijuana arrests, including those for simple possession, account for a large number of drug arrests. The racial disparities in marijuana enforcement — black men and white men smoke marijuana the same rates, but black men are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession — is just unacceptable.

Harrison had a lot of great responses on a number of issues. LGBTQ workers rights:

We should all be able to exercise who we are and to do it with a freedom that we’re not going to be persecuted or fired from our jobs. So as a senator, I’m going to fight with the same passion and fervor that I did with the Employee Nondiscrimination Act and the Matthew Shepard James Byrd Hate Crimes bill to combat LGBTQ economic inequality and discrimination particularly in all forms, but especially in the workplace.

Expanding internet broadband in rural areas:

You know, we have about 38% of our rural communities in the state that have no access to Wi-Fi. How in the world do you expect our kids to compete with the rest of the world when they can’t even connect with the rest of world?

This is 2020 not 1920 and when we are now sheltering at home, asking our folks to work from home and our children to be educated from home, there are kids in South Carolina for the past few months who have not been able to get their schooling because the community that they live in has no access to WI-Fi or has no broadband. It’s just criminal and a lack of visionary leadership that we have found in the state and the nation.

Read the full interview because he also discusses climate change, unemployment benefits and helping the country recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. By the way, Harrison officially outraised Lindsey Graham again:

For the second consecutive quarter, Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in his bid to unseat South Carolina’s three-term Republican incumbent.

Graham raised around $8.4 million between April and June of 2020, according to federal disclosures filed Wednesday, falling short of the whopping $14 million that Harrison brought in over the same period.

Despite Harrison’s record-breaking 3-month haul, Graham maintains a cash advantage in the race. He had $15 million left in his campaign account at the end of June compared to Harrison’s $10 million.

The race, fueled largely by out-of-state contributions to both candidates, is by far the best-funded political contest in South Carolina history, ensuring both candidates will have more than enough resources to run far-reaching campaigns heading into the crucial home stretch.

Let’s keep up the momentum and finally get rid of Lindsey Graham. Click here to donate and get involved with Harrison’s campaign.