Democrats criticize Biden for ‘extraordinarily disappointing’ marijuana policy

President Biden has fallen in line with the radical left on many things, but his famously conservative views on marijuana have been a point of contention with progressives.

Far-left senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) wrote to Biden to call out his “extraordinarily disappointing” failure to push harder to decriminalize marijuana, Fox News reported.

Dems criticize Biden on pot policy

The senators complained that the Justice Department took six months to provide a half-page response to their request to remove cannabis from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.

The DOJ had said that it was holding to the determination of the Department of Health and Human Services that “cannabis has not been proven in scientific studies to be a safe and effective treatment for any disease or condition.”

The Democratic senators asserted that pot has “obvious” medical benefits and is an “excellent alternative to highly addictive opiates for pain relief.”

They also noted that public opinion has shifted in favor of legalizing the drug and claimed that existing policy is “racist” because a disproportionate number of those arrested for cannabis offenses are Black. Biden has a moral obligation to “end this decade long injustice,” they said.

“We ask that the Biden Administration act quickly to rectify this decade long injustice harming individuals, especially Black and Brown communities.”

“Racist” policies?

The senators also urged Biden to be more aggressive about pardoning cannabis offenders, saying much more “has to be done to address the racist and harmful legacy of cannabis policies on Black and Brown communities.”

The letter was signed by Warren, Sanders, Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

On the campaign trail in 2020, Biden backed decriminalizing cannabis and promised to expunge all cannabis convictions, but he continued to express reservations about the drug’s long-term health effects. 

“It’s a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it,” he said.

His more moderate stance made him the target of ridicule from progressive primary opponents who favored outright legalization.

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