White House Touts Marijuana Research Amid Inaction To Free Prisoners When Pressed On 4/20

White House Touts Marijuana Research Amid Inaction To Free Prisoners When Pressed On 4/20
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President Joe Biden still believes people shouldn’t be incarcerated over marijuana—but there’s still no “update” on any progress to fulfill his decriminalization promise from the campaign trail, the White House said on the unofficial cannabis holiday 4/20 on Wednesday. Press Secretary Jen Psaki was again asked about the president’s pledge to stop criminalizing people over marijuana at a briefing with reporters. While there’s no news from the administration on that proposal, the official instead touted moves by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to expand the number of authorized manufacturers to grow cannabis for research purposes. That didn’t quite address the decriminalization question. “The president continues to believe that no one should be in jail because of drug use,” Psaki said. “I don’t have an update here. We are continuing to work with Congress, but what I can say on marijuana is we’ve made some progress on our promises.”

DEA approving additional cannabis manufacturers for scientists is “a key step in promoting research because it broadens the amount and quality of cannabis available for research purposes,” the press secretary said. She added that Biden is “continuing to review his clemency powers, which is something he also talked about on the campaign and certainly remains committed to taking action on.” Psaki made similar remarks on the clemency topic at a briefing in December. Biden has received about a dozen letters from lawmakers, advocates, celebrities and people impacted by criminalization to do something about the people who remain behind federal bars over cannabis. After months of inaction, some members of Congress like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have even sent follow-up letters demanding a response. As Biden continues to “review” his clemency powers, he could theoretically turn to a report published by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) last year, affirming that the president has it within his power to grant mass pardons…

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