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Recap Of Joe Biden’s Marijuana Stance At The Latest Democratic Debate

Charnell Lock

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Examining Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden and His Medical Marijuana Position
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Thursday’s democratic debate was an exciting one. This debate revealed Former Vice President Biden’s stance on marijuana. During the debate, he seemingly took the position that marijuana offenses should be treated as a misdemeanor.

He stated, “Nobody who got in prison for marijuana, for example—immediately upon being released, they shouldn’t be in there. That should be a misdemeanor.”

“They should be out and their record should be expunged. Every single right should be returned.” When you finish your term in prison, you should be able to not only vote but have access to Pell grants, have access to be able to get housing, have access to be able to move along the way.”

He added, Biden also said that

“Nobody should be in jail for a drug problem” and that the country should invest more in “rehabilitation centers, not prisons.” Further, “We have to change the whole way we look at this.”

In response to Biden’s stance, NORML posted on Twitter:

“Hey Joe Biden, you just said marijuana should be a misdemeanor. You couldn’t be more wrong. It should be LEGAL. We haven’t forgot your role in mass incarceration and mandatory minimums.”

Senator Corey Booker also participated in the debate. He stated,

“Our criminal justice system is so savagely broken, There’s no difference in America between blacks, whites and Latinos for using drugs or dealing drugs—but if you’re African American, you’re almost four times more likely to be arrested and incarcerated, destroying your lives. So much of this comes down to privilege.”

Charnell Lock lives in sunny San Diego but is originally from North Carolina and has been writing professionally since 2011. After four years with the Navy and an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, Charnell found her passion in creating diverse content with well-formatted research. Along with her years in active duty service, she is capable of crafting whimsical short stories to medical-oriented papers as her capacity to contribute here is immense and will be a staple for many years to come.

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