Under the new criminal justice task force proposed by the Biden campaign in collaboration with Sen. Sandars, marijuana legalization federally is not considered. However, it supports the legalization of medical marijuana by decriminalizing its use while rescheduling it through executive action on the federal level.
In particular, the proposal states, “We (Biden campaign) will support legalization of medical marijuana, and believe states should be able to make their own decisions about recreational use,”. “The Justice Department should not launch federal prosecutions of conduct that is legal at the state level. All past criminal convictions for cannabis use should be automatically expunged.”
Chiraag Bains, a former federal prosecutor who is now involved in the construction of the Democratic Presidential nominee’s agenda, added that although consensus regarding the legalization of recreational use was not reached, they agreed to allow local jurisdictions in regulating and taxing marijuana sales, and removing marijuana from the list of deportable offenses. He also stated that with those tax dollars, states will be encouraged to reinvest back into Black and Brown communities that were largely affected by unjust prosecutions over the years.
Biden later issued a statement regarding the document, commending task force members for their work, and giving credit to Sen. Sanders for his cooperation and efforts in uniting the party.
The proposal also addresses the ongoing opioid crisis as well, by criticizing Trump administration’s inability to resolve the issue, while offering Biden campaign’s own list of solutions as a result. One of which includes increasing access to health clinics that offer medical treatment for opioid addicts.
Regardless, Joe Biden’s past stance on drug use by supporting the penalization of drug perpetrators with harsh punishments, risk being called out by the Trump campaign running into the November election. Additionally given his nature, if Trump pulls off a surprise move by supporting legalization of cannabis nationwide, Joe Biden would surely have to restrategize.
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