Could Joe Biden budge on cannabis legalization?
Cannabis legalization should be a no-brainer for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. As a standalone issue, cannabis legalization has widespread, bipartisan support. Over two-thirds of Americans favor legalization, and that support is intergenerational and spans across all political affiliations. Additionally, individuals aged 65 and over — a demographic that Biden polls well with — are the fastest growing category of cannabis consumers in the United States. In the broader political context, cannabis sits at the intersection of major contemporary issues Biden would face as president. Cannabis is deeply intertwined with criminal justice reform and a key player in many local and state government economic recovery plans. The cannabis industry generates millions of dollars in tax revenue every year, supports hundreds of thousands of jobs, and provides numerous health benefits to patients and veterans alike. But despite the numerous benefits, Biden stops just short of supporting adult-use legalization. The Democratic Party and decriminalizing cannabis Last month, the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force” submitted a set of policy recommendations to the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) platform committee ahead of the Democratic Convention in August. Within the 110-page document lies a small paragraph (page 9) on cannabis policy, located in a broader section dedicated to comprehensive criminal justice reform. The recommendations include rescheduling cannabis through executive action, decriminalization, automatic expungement for use and possession charges, federal medical legalization, and allowing states to make their own decision about adult-use cannabis. A few weeks later, the DNC’s platform committee rejected an amendment in a 50-106 vote…
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