Joe Biden has come out as the only leading 2020 Democrat to oppose federal legalization of marijuana.
Before fully legalizing, the former Vice President is calling for more research to determine whether marijuana is “a gateway drug” or not.
Back in 2010, Biden firmly stated, “I still believe it’s a gateway drug,” and “legalization is a mistake.”
When recently asked if his stance had changed since then, Biden said, “No, it hasn’t changed. The truth of the matter is, there has not been nearly enough evidence acquired as to whether or not it’s a gateway drug.”
He does, however, support decriminalization of the drug. Biden said those jailed for marijuana should be released and criminal records expunged of related charges.
Changing marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III would make it easier to research, which Biden also supports.
Joe Biden On Marijuana Legalization
WATCH: @JoeBiden on marijuana legalization – "There is not nearly been enough evidence…as to whether or not it is a gateway drug," he said last night, "It’s a debate." Biden said states should decide on legalization & that he supports medical marijuana. @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/s4CE32phLS
— Bo Erickson CBS (@BoKnowsNews) November 17, 2019
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