Don't these people (like Biden and Bloomberg – who are rich, prominent, and who can consult anyone in the country) have competent scientific and medical advisors?
Or even political ones? Cannabis reform is the most bipartisan issue in the country, and one of the best paths for candidates like these to hunt for independent and younger adult votes.
And the vote they're throwing away is one that can make a critical difference to their chances. What's the upside?? Frankly, we're just puzzled. And given that the current Admin has punted on their stated plans to make medical cannabis federally legal, where will the cannabis vote go if the president and either Biden or Bloomberg are the R and D choices….??
To be slightly more nuanced, here's more of his take:
"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," Biden said, according to Business Insider. "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."
Biden, as he has throughout his time on the campaign trail, said he supports medical marijuana and insisted possession of the substance "should not be a crime."
But went on with the old shibboleth that there's not enough research.
Well, OK, as in not really OK at all. He's back in "record player" territory with what he said next: Calling cannabis a gateway drug in 2019?
Say It ain't So Joe!
Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his reasoning to not legalize marijuana on a federal level if elected president, saying there is not “enough evidence” as to “whether or not it is a gateway drug.”