Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden stated for the duration of the Democratic debate that cannabis offenses must be treated as misdemeanors. With this statement, he puts himself out of step with each and every other presidential candidate on the debate stage given that all the other people are calling for total cannabis legalization.
“Nobody who got in prison for marijuana, for example—immediately upon getting released, they shouldn’t be in there,” he stated. “That must be a misdemeanor.”
“They must be out and their record must be expunged. Every single single proper must be returned,” he stated. “When you finish your term in prison, you must be capable to not only vote but have access to Pell grants, have access to be capable to get housing, have access to be capable to move along the way.”
Previously, he referred to as for cannabis decriminalization as element of his criminal justice strategy, but his statement about creating cannabis offenses misdemeanors could bring about some confusion provided that, in several but not all instances, misdemeanor offenses carry the possibility of jail time. He did say at a single point that no one must be incarcerated for a non-violent crime, having said that.
He also stated that “nobody must be in jail for a drug problem” and that the nation must invest a lot more in “rehabilitation centers, not prisons.”
“We have to alter the entire way we appear at this,” he stated.
NORML was speedy to challenge Biden’s response, writing on Twitter that “you just stated marijuana must be a misdemeanor. You couldn’t be a lot more incorrect.”
We have not forgot your function in mass incarceration and mandatory minimums.
— NORML (@NORML) September 13, 2019
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