Biden Talks Marijuana Decriminalization While Trump Promotes Criminal Justice Record At Dueling Town Halls

Biden Talks Marijuana Decriminalization While Trump Promotes Criminal Justice Record At Dueling Town Halls

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden reiterated on Thursday that he supports decriminalizing marijuana and thinks people should not be incarcerated for drug possession but should instead be forced into treatment. At the same time, President Trump attempted to cast himself as the criminal justice reform candidate. The comments came during simultaneous town halls that the contenders held on competing networks. On ABC, the former vice president was pressed on the racially disparate impacts of the 1994 Crime Bill that he authored during his time as a senator. Biden defended certain components of the legislation, including funding for drug courts as an alternative to the conventional court system for some substance-related cases. “I don’t believe anybody should be going to jail for drug use. They should be going into mandatory rehabilitation,” he said. “We should be building rehab centers to have these people housed.” “We should decriminalize marijuana,” Biden added. “Wipe out the record so you can actually say, in honesty, ‘have you ever been arrested for anything?’ You can say ‘no’ because we’re going to pass a law saying there is no background you have to reveal relative to the use of marijuana.” It's time we decriminalize marijuana use. #BidenTownHall — Team Joe (Text JOE to 30330) (@TeamJoe) October 16, 2020 The moderator pointed out that, under the crime legislation Biden helped craft, there was a significant increase in the number of people convicted for low-level drug offenses. The nominee conceded that components of the legislation were a “mistake” but…

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