By: Natan Ponieman
On Saturday, former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden came out against federal legalization of cannabis.
“The truth of the matter is, there’s not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug,” said Biden, who added that more research needs to be done before he would sign off on federal legalization.
In his 36-year-long career as a U.S. Senator, Biden stood behind a number of bills that supported tough punishment for non-violent possession charges.
Biden does support the idea of states regulating the drug independently and has softened his position on possession charges, stating that they should not be considered a crime.
His campaign supports revising past convictions, expunging unlawful and racially biased incarcerations.