As the race to determine who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for President in 2020, one man who’s worked in the White House before is also in the mix of discussion, Joe Biden.
Biden has had a shaky start in getting off the starting blocks in his candidacy for the nomination. There is a wide race of candidates opting for the slot that include Senators Cory Booker (New Jersey), Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), and Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts).
There is a central theme to nearly every Democratic candidate in the race and that is Federal marijuana legalization.
There is one prominent politician; however, who doesn’t support federal marijuana legalization… Joe Biden.
Biden does not list his position on Cannabis policy on his website, and, traditionally he’s been anti-Cannabis, based on his voting history.
He once claimed that marijuana was a “gateway drug” and he helped usher in the 1994 crime bill which was controversial and remains so to this day.
The former Vice President has softened his stance somewhat on cannabis, claiming that he is in favor of decriminalizing it. Biden has not been able to utter the words “legalization” during his campaign stops so far, this is in stark contrast to his rivals in the race. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has co-sponsored a bill with Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) to defend legalization on the state level. She has also come out in support of complete cannabis legalization nationwide.
Sen. Cory Booker has been the tip of the spear on cannabis legalization efforts introducing his Marijuana Justice Bill to the Senate which would legalize cannabis, expunge criminal records of low-tiered and nonviolent cannabis convictions, and help communities that have been hindered by the “War on Drugs”. The next few months are vitally important to the campaigns of the candidates and time will tell if Biden’s mute take on cannabis legalization will come back to haunt him.