US President elections are getting closer like a freight train towards us, many topics are being thrown around, promised and spoken of, not to say one is more important than the other. They all are, of course. That said, this is a Cannabis Blog and we speak about weed around here, so for us, one of the most important questions on the table is: Who's going to legalize it?
One of the candidates that seems the most promising this 2020 presidential race is Democrat candidate Joe Biden, former Vice president under Obama, who vowed to decriminalize Cannabis. Decriminalization, of course IS NOT legalization, and his campaign promise is somewhat vague regarding this policy, and whether it would apply to private growers or those who sell or distribute marijuana.
“Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana.”
Biden told voters in Nashua, New Hampshire on Tuesday
Despite this sentiment in favor of Marijuana, Biden has no intention of legalizing it and believes states should decide for themselves whether they want to legalize it or not, without federal interference, which brings us back to weed-barren states such as Texas, or states with a rather aggressive policy against Cannabis, like many Southern states, which have been resisting to even accept CBD as a legal medication.
Now, let's look at reality for a second: Joe Biden claims to be one of the most progressive candidates, if not the most progressive, saying:
“I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the nomination.”
But is this true? Perhaps in some areas, but when it comes to drug policy, Biden helped to pass bills that eliminated parole, authorized civil asset forfeiture and imposed harsh mandatory minimums for drug possession, not to mention, he helped pass dozens of new death penalties and directed tons of public resources to building new prisons, to make room for all the people his policies led to arrest. So now proposing decriminalization rather than legalization, to make up for all his harsh legislations against Cannabis users in the past makes it sound even less "progressive", as he calls it. Not by a long shot, compared to other candidates on his side of the political spectrum such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Cory Booker who do support legalization, which goes to show you, that no matter how "pretty" the promises sound, no matter how much they claim to have such a great record, you should always do the fact-checking. Otherwise, you'll end up with another master-bullshitter like the guy currently in charge. #JustSaying.
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