A change at the top of the US government could bring changes for the cannabis industry
This year’s general elections are beginning to warm up, and one of the hot topics has been marijuana legalization countrywide. After Democratic presidential nominee candidate Joe Biden announced his fellow Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, the intentions regarding drug policy reform were discussed during their first joint interview this past weekend. Harris was pressed on referring to the high prosecutorial record she holds; however, she said that, under Biden’s administration, there would be a “policy that is going to be about decriminalizing marijuana.”
This is the first time since the official nomination last week in which both politicians addressed the matter of drug policy reform. One thing that is worth mentioning is the wording used by Harris as she opted to speak about marijuana “decriminalization” rather than legalization. At least Harris has evolved in recent times, and last year, she introduced a bill that would have descheduled and legalized marijuana, even though Biden has been opposing such a broad policy change.
The former Vice President has been sponsoring a few proposals to decriminalize marijuana possession, legalize medical marijuana and expunge records of those with marijuana offenses. During an interview he gave to ABC News, Biden said, “We’re going to make sure that we change the entire system in the way in which we deal with, with criminal justice from punishment to rehabilitate, no one should be going to jail because they have a drug addiction,” adding individuals with these problems “should be going into mandatory drug treatment, that’s why I set up drug courts.”