Wondering where Joe Biden stands on cannabis? We’ve summarized his cannabis policy for you, as part of our 2020 front runner series.
Who Is Joe Biden?
If you give the slightest bit of attention to American politics, you’ll likely know who Joe Biden is. Just in case you aren’t sure though, he was the Vice President to Barack Obama. He’s also currently leading the Democratic 2020 polls, although he’s lost significant ground over the last couple of months. As he has a reasonable chance of becoming the next President of the United States, we’ve decided to summarize what his stance on cannabis is.
Although he’s a democrat, Joe Biden is definitely on the conservative side within the democratic party. His stance on cannabis, unfortunately, is also quite conservative. He’s the only major democratic candidate that does not support legalizing cannabis.
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Joe Biden’s Cannabis Policy
When looking through his official website there’s no topics around cannabis. There’s also no search function, however the banners to donate are plentiful. If you google joebiden.com drugs however there are a few relevant results that show up. The first relevant result is for joebiden.com/justice. This has a paragraph dedicated to his plan for cannabis.
“Biden believes no one should be in jail because of cannabis use. As president, he will decriminalize cannabis use and automatically expunge prior convictions. And, he will support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes, leave decisions regarding legalization for recreational use up to the states, and reschedule cannabis as a schedule II drug so researchers can study its positive and negative impacts.“
What Does This Mean?
On paper, his policy seems quite reasonable. It’s certainly a fair way off total federal legalization, however federal decriminalization, and his support to legalize cannabis for medical use is a good start. Reclassifying cannabis from a schedule I drug is also a no-brainer, given its plethora of proven medical uses already, despite the heavy research restrictions.
Although likely unpopular to most readers, leaving recreational legalization up to individual states doesn’t seem that bad. Theoretically, if a majority of citizens support recreational cannabis use, and their elected officials want to stay in power, then they would likely also be in support to keep their jobs. Realistically though, politicians often don’t act on their constituents wishes (**shocker**).
Joe Biden may not support federal cannabis legalization for recreational use, however his policies, on paper, look more progressive than what the country currently has.