Yesterday was 4/20, a day drug users associate with marijuana, so Psaki spoke during her 4/20 press conference. about marijuana use and Slow Joe’s attitude towards it.
Her comment on the issue came after a journalist asked the White House press pool about Biden’s stance on the war on drugs and Americans’ incarceration for drug-related offenses. ask:
“Thank you Jens I have a question about marijuana policy. President Biden promised as a candidate to decriminalize marijuana. when will this happen”
Psaki responding to the question in a different than her usual, awkward way, instead actually providing an answer as to what Biden and the White House are doing regarding marijuana policy called (emphasis ours):
Well, the President continues to believe that no one should be in prison for drug use. I have no update here. We continue to work with Congress.
But what I can say about marijuana is that we’ve made some progress on our promises. For example, after years of delay during the previous administration, the DEA has just issued its first licenses to companies to grow marijuana for research purposes. This is an important step in advancing research as it expands the quantity and quality of cannabis available for research.
In addition, the President continues to review his clemency — reviewing his clemency powerswhich he also spoke about in the campaign and he certainly remains determined to take action.
However, the journalist wanted more and asked a second question on the matter, specifically a campaign promise to look into past marijuana convictions. ask:
So he remains committed to what he said during the campaign that people charged with marijuana-related offenses — Number one, everyone folds out, record erased?
Psaki didn’t give such a substantive answer this time, going back to her usual partial answer and saying:
Well, again, he’s reviewing his pardon powers. That’s what it looks like. However, I have no updates or previews beyond that.
“Reviewing one’s pardon powers” could mean many things, from asking how to pardon all those convicted to recognizing that it might prove unpopular with non-drug users and doing nothing. Psaki’s vagueness makes it seem like something closer to the future is more likely, since Democrats would surely cheer for such a massive change in federal drug policy and want to spice it up.
As a note, Biden, as a candidate, has vowed to decriminalize marijuana and overturn the convictions of people convicted of marijuana-related offenses. He most famously did so in a tweet expressing his electoral platform, saying:
There’s been a lot of talk about where I stand when it comes to our marijuana laws. Here are the facts:
Where do I stand on marijuana laws?
- No one should be in jail for using marijuana
- Decriminalize recreational marijuana use and automatically nullify criminal records
- Legalize medical marijuana
- Allow states to legalize recreational marijuana
- Rescheduling marijuana so researchers can study its health effects.
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