Biden White House Remains Opposed To Cannabis Legalization – Candid Chronicle

At a press conference on Tuesday, Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ronald W. Wyden (D-OR), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) unveiled their new draft federal marijuana legalization legislation. At one point, the majority leader stated candidly that they “don’t have the votes necessary at this point.”

On the Senate floor, Schumer also addressed the cannabis legislation.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that Vice President Joe Biden remains opposed to the federal marijuana legalization bill. Still, he would be “encouraged” to see more gradual cannabis decriminalization proceed, which he had championed during the presidential campaign.

Senator Booker has stated that he will personally oppose any attempt to pass a simple marijuana banking bill without comprehensive, justice-focused cannabis legalization.

“I don’t know about the other senators,” said Senator Booker. “But I will do everything I can to prevent an easy banking bill that will allow all these corporations to make a lot more money off of this, rather than focusing on the restorative justice aspect.”

When asked if he has smoked marijuana since the state legalized it this month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) said he has been “very busy at my job making sure we’re the number one state in the country.”

Following a recent report from Justice Clarence Thomas criticizing the state of federal cannabis policy, marijuana companies have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to reconsider their tax dispute with the IRS.

Federal Responses

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) tweeted that she doesn’t know “how big of a victory” it is for the Arizona criminal justice system as a former prosecutor herself. Low-level marijuana possession in Arizona has been made legal. In addition, people’s records can now be deleted.

“Heartened to hear that @SenSchumer and the Senate will soon take up marijuana decriminalization,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) tweeted. “Marijuana

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