Former Vice President Joe Biden this weekend came out against legalizing marijuana on a federal level because he claims the substance could potentially be a “gateway drug.” Hours later, progressive Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argued against the 2020 frontrunner’s stance.
Biden on Saturday said he would refuse to legalize marijuana nationwide until research sheds further light on the substance during a town hall in Las Vegas. “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,” the 2020 frontrunner 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.”
Despite his remarks, Biden also made clear that he’s not completely against cannabis use. “States should be able to make a judgment to legalize marijuana,” he said, adding that he backs medical marijuana and would decriminalize possession of the drug.
Hours later, Ocasio-Cortez, a high-profile freshman progressive who recently threw her support behind Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign, tweeted: “Marijuana should be legalized, and drug consumption should be decriminalized. These are matters of public health.”
Published: November 18, 2019
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