Landmark bill legalizing marijuana at the federal level passes House committee
The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level, giving states more room to craft unique laws.The "Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019" -- also called the MORE Act -- could officially remove cannabis from the list of federally controlled substances, expunge federal marijuana convictions and arrests, and approve allocation of resources for communities affected by the war on drugs, according to the bill's text.
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Some research suggests that marijuana use is likely to precede use of other licit and illicit substances46 and the development of addiction to other substances. These findings are consistent with the idea of marijuana as a " gateway drug ."
's opposition to pot has apparently gone up in smoke. The and former vice president on Monday rolled back his stance that is a "gateway drug" — and wrongly claimed that he had never said so in the first place.
"I don't think it is a gateway drug. There's no evidence I've seen to suggest that," Biden said in a conference call with reporters.
Biden claimed that he never said marijuana was a gateway drug, only that "some say" it is. When asked about legalizing weed, Biden said "some in the medical community" say pot to determine whether it is a gateway drug or when combined with other substances.
Marijuana decriminalization faces a long, hard road despite big victory
A Republican on the House Judiciary Committee said Republicans would oppose the bill and that "it is even less likely that the Senate would take it up."The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 24-10 to approve the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE, which would remove marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances, where it's now banned alongside powerful drugs like heroin and LSD.
Marijuana Moment is a wire service assembled by Tom Angell, a marijuana legalization activist and journalist covering marijuana reform nationwide. About one week after former Vice President Joe Biden said he opposed marijuana legalization in part because cannabis might be a gateway drug
On Monday, Biden flip-flopped, telling the Nevada Independent's Megan Messerly whetherhe thought he was wrong to suggest that marijuana might be a gateway drug : "Well I didn't. I said some say it's a potway [sic] drug - or pot was a gateway drug
But Biden said marijuana should be "," and that anyone convicted for using the drug should have their criminal record "wiped totally clean, completely clean."
Biden caught fire from other Democratic contenders earlier this month after saying at a Las Vegas town hall that, if elected, he would not support legalizing marijuana because there has "not nearly been enough evidence" about "whether or not it is a gateway drug" that could lead to more harmful substances.
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker dug into Biden's remark at the November 20, telling the former vice president, "I thought you might have been high when you said it."
As vice president, Biden was a blunt opponent of marijuana. He toldin 2010, "I still believe it's a gateway drug," and said legalizing it would be "a mistake."
Biden forgets Harris exists
Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed at the fifth Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday that his 2020 bid had been endorsed by the only black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. © Getty Images Biden forgets Harris exists The only problem? Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), another black woman and rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, was standing just a few feet away from him. And she certainly hasn't offered Biden her endorsement."I'm right here!" Harris said, throwing up her arms before breaking out in laughter along with the rest of the debate audience.
"This is not an issue that young people are fighting about. This is largely generational more than it is partisan," said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have approved the use of recreational marijuana , and another fifteen states have decriminalized marijuana possession.
Where Presidential Candidate Joe Biden Stands On Marijuana : "I still believe it's a gateway drug . Former Vice President Joe Biden is making another run for the White House, he announced on Bringing back 80s War on Drugs rhetoric is not a good read of the country right now, especially for a
Scientific research shows that smoking marijuana can be correlated with using other drugs and the development of addictions, but not enough to blame pot for a "gateway" effect.says that marijuana can likely precede , but "the majority of people who use marijuana" do not go on to use harder drugs. The institute also says that any gateway effect from marijuana can also be tied to alcohol and nicotine.
Most of the Democratic presidential candidates support decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Booker introduced thein February, which seeks to end federal prohibition of the drug and expunge federal convictions for its use and possession. Four other presidential hopefuls in the Senate — Michael Bennet of Colorado, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Bernie Sanders of Vermont — co-sponsored the legislation.
Joe Biden defends son Hunter but acknowledges Ukraine work 'may have looked bad' .
There is no evidence the Bidens engaged in corrupt acts related to Ukraine. When asked by Telemundo if it was wrong — even if legal — for Hunter Biden to take the board seat, Joe Biden doubled down on defending his son. "There’s nothing asserted that he did anything that was illegal," Joe Biden said. "Here's what I'm not going to do. I'm not going to — and I know you're not intending to do this — play the game to take the eye off the culprit.