Biden leaves the states to decide on legalizing cannabis for recreational use
Apr 21, 2021 - 07:49 AM
LMBC NEWS — President Joe Biden respects the right of the states to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, said White House Press Secretary on Tuesday as weed users mark April 20.
“The President supports leaving decisions regarding legalization for recreational use up to the states; rescheduling cannabis as a Schedule II drug so researchers can study its positive and negative impacts; and, at the federal level, he supports decriminalizing marijuana use and automatically expunging any prior criminal records,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a press conference. “He also supports legalizing medicinal marijuana.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D), has called the event the “unofficial American holiday: 4/20” as he spoke on the Senate floor.
“It’s as appropriate a time as any to take a hard look at our laws that have over-criminalized the use of marijuana and put it on par with heroin, LSD and other narcotics that bear little or no resemblance in their effects either on individuals or on society more broadly,” the senator said.
He also unveiled his future plans to create a law that would “end the federal prohibition on marijuana” and “ensure restorative justice.”
Asked if Biden will welcome a bill from the House and Senate that will legalize marijuana in the federal level, Psaki said: “Well, I just have outlined what his position is, which isn’t the same as what the House and Senate have proposed, but they have not yet passed a bill.
Psaki said that rescheduling cannabis as a Schedule II drug of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act of 1970 can create an impact on the country’s criminal justice system.
Apart from this, it will also allow for “researchers to study its positive and negative effects”, which the president wants to look into.
“He, of course, supports decriminalizing marijuana use, he supports leaving decisions up to the states, and he supports legalizing medicinal marijuana. But he’ll look at the research once that’s concluded,” she said.