Biden’s New Cannabis Decriminalization Plan Is Weak
Joe Biden’s campaign just recently released a policy manifesto called “Lift Every Voice: The Biden Plan for Black America” that has barely impressed anyone, and here’s why.
In the manifesto, the Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President said that his plan would (quote) “advance the economic mobility [of black Americans] and close the racial, wealth, and income gaps.” According to the brand-new policy, the use of cannabis, including past cannabis use convictions, will be decriminalized. In addition, imprisonment for drug use will also end, as these individuals will be diverted to treatment and drug courts instead.
Biden’s recent plan has shown to be problematic, not only because it addressed the “use of cannabis” in a plan that was intended for citizens who are African-Americans, but also because it left out the fact that Caucasian Americans also use the drug at corresponding rates. Indeed, the cannabis rates are quite similar, but the chance of an African-American getting arrested is four times higher.
Here are some other points that were deemed “problematic.”
Treatment for cannabis, or cannabis used as treatment?
While Biden claims that individuals will be diverted to treatment and drug courts, countries such as Italy, Israel, and the UK are conducting studies that deal with the possible benefits of cannabinoids for a wide array of illnesses.
According to the director of media relations at the National Cannabis Industry Association, Morgan Fox, we need to “deschedule” cannabis so the substance can be regulated at the federal level. Fox also added that states have to receive clear guidance.
When the past comes back to haunt you
According to the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Derrick Martin, Joe Biden encouraged him to shed some new light and highlight the frequently overlooked predicament of African-American citizens. Only time will tell whether African-American voters will do the same to elevate Joe Bidden at the polls in November.
As a reminder, even though cannabis use across all races is fairly equal, decriminalization by itself fails to provide a sure pathway to the empowerment of minority communities who are the main victims of the prohibition. In fact, an MJBiz Daily study found that 4 in 5 marijuana businesses are owned by Caucasians.
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