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Joe Biden Could Decriminalize Weed in 2021. Legalizing It Is a Different Story.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Speaking

Out About Weed And…

Joe Biden has promised time and time again

to be a president for all Americans. All of

them. One more time for the cheap seats: 

all of them. As it happens, nearly all

Americans (91 percent of them, to be precise;

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far up their asses they think it’s touching

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God) believe marijuana ought to be legalize

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for medical use at the very least. In 2020,

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the country hit an all-time high of people

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who want the drug completely legalized—68

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percent, according to Gallup. And yet, as

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President Biden redid the Oval Office, federally

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speaking, marijuana remains incredibly

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illegal, a Schedule I drug with “no currently

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accept medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

That’s about as out date

a view as belief in a flattened earth.

The best that can be said about Trump’s stance on marijuana is that he didn’t have the bandwidth to freely spray his punitive hatred across marijuana policy; his administration set it back some but mostly ignored it. Now, reform will be a goal, if not a priority at the tip-top of Biden’s extensive to-do list. As we head into four years of national optimism—weird!—and progressive legislative reform—who’d have thought!—this is where cannabis legalization efforts stand under Biden.

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What is Biden’s stance on legal weed?

You wouldn’t call Biden “gung-ho” about weed. The man is a teetotaler who’s likely never touch the stuff (unlike a young Barack Obama). Through most of public-facing life, Biden hadn’t been enthusiastic about cannabis legalization—or showed even lukewarm acceptance. He was anti. However, as with many of Biden’s policy positions poke to the left by more liberal contenders, the latest developments are more promising.

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Last February, Politico reported that Biden had come around enough to admit, “I think it is at the point where it has to be, basically, legalize,” and that he did not consider it “a gateway drug.” However, his campaign promises were hardly as progressive of other Democrats, calling for decriminalization instead of legalization, as well as removing marijuana from the Schedule I list, expunging some drug-related criminal records, and blocking federal interference in states with legalized weed. That said, it’s an improvement on any of the previous 45 presidents.

Are you right to be perplex, borderline piss off, that Biden hasn’t commit to more? Sure you are. Drug enforcement, especially that concern with kinda-lame drugs like marijuana in minority communities, is intrinsically try into over-policing. Biden has committed himself to criminal justice for Black and brown people. Decriminalizing weed doesn’t prevent Black and brown people from being stuck with fines, targeted by police. And while the legal weed industry is exploding in some states, in others, they’re block from profiting off it, even though they were lock up at radically disproportional rates for decades because of it. For the record, that industry is very white and VC-centric right now. That’s not great.Buy Weed online with PayPal

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Will weed be legalize under Biden? Maybe.

Last year, the Atlantic reported that Biden wouldn’t do more than he’d already promise on the marijuana front until he was deal some cold, hard, convincing science on its health effects—more than most of the promising-but-inconclusive science we’re working with now. That’ll be a long time coming. But Biden is also harness to a Democratic-majority Congress that’s keen on changing federal law. In December, the House pass a major marijuana decriminalization bill, call the MORE Act and sponsore by now-Veep Kamala Harris, that would’ve been doom in the Republican Senate. Thanks to Stacey Abrams and Georgia’s voters, the Senate outlook is glittery in 2021, with Biden having little to do with it beyond accompanying such legislation into law.

Besides, Democrats (and a few Republicans) in both chambers have been talking a big game about marijuana reform for years. The means may not be clear yet, but the ambition is there.

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A supporter of cannabis legalization demonstrates outside of the Democratic presidential debate on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina.DREW ANGERERGETTY IMAGES

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At the risk of reading too

much into tea leaves, marijuana business publications and nonprofits aim at marijuana reform have optimistically highlight that Biden is appointing certain folks to new roles—in the Department of Health, the Justice Department, and the DNC—who’d likely favor reform. As attorneys general, Jeff Session and William Barr were predictably bad for such progress. Biden’s pick Merrick Garland isn’t exactly a revolutionary, but so far, he hasn’t been openly antagonistic, so that’s something.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW

In short, marijuana will almost certainly be decriminalize under a Democratic-control Congress and a Biden presidency. What remains uncertain is just how far legislation would go to address racial disparities and make reparations to communities unfairly punished by the last decades of our country’s so-called War on Drugs. Legalization is way the hell up in the air.Buy Weed online with PayPal

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