Biden Should Back Marijuana Legalization If He Wants Young Voters’ Support, Advocacy Groups Say

Biden Should Back Marijuana Legalization If He Wants Young Voters’ Support, Advocacy Groups Say

A coalition of youth political activist groups sent a letter to former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, imploring him to adopt a “bold” policy platform including issues such as marijuana legalization if he wants to make up for his deficit in support from young voters ahead of Election Day. The organizations stressed that the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s pledge for a “return to normalcy” is not enticing to younger generations who “need a vision for the future, not a return to the past.” Part of that vision, the groups said, involves “comprehensive reform of our criminal legal system.” “End the War on Drugs and support the equitable legalization of marijuana” the letter states, referencing legislation to federally deschedule cannabis and invest in social equity that was embraced by many of Biden’s rivals for his party’s nomination. Full letter here: https://t.co/MFkCUq23Qw — NextGen America (@NextGenAmerica) April 8, 2020 The groups—which include Justice Democrats, Sunrise Movement and IfNotNow Movement—also want Biden, who became the presumptive Democratic nominee after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) dropped out on Wednesday, to address mass incarceration more broadly. The letter calls on him to back policies to encourage states to reduce their prison population by 50 percent “while supporting massive investment in housing, drug treatment, diversion, education and health programs.” The Alliance for Youth Action, March for Our Lives Action Fund, NextGen America, Student Action and United We Dream Action also signed the letter. On legalization, the former vice president is demonstrably out of step with voters in…

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