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Comments from a top aide to Biden-Harris reveal how the Democratic presidential ticket gave priority to cannabis reform ahead of the 2020 election. Symone Sanders, a senior advisor to Biden, stated in a recent interview that the potential government is looking to introduce preventive criminal justice reform, and that includes cannabis records.
"We are really reforming the criminal justice system to prevent things from happening on the front end," said Sanders, as Marihuana Moment first reported.
"Joe Biden and Kamala Harris don't believe anyone should be in jail just for drug offenses," she continued. "They believe that marijuana should be decriminalized and people with marijuana beliefs should have them wiped out automatically."
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However, this is not a new stance by the Biden government. Biden runner-up Kamala Harris had previously reiterated that decriminalization of cannabis was a major concern and that previous cannabis records would be deleted. Harris, who has had a complicated history with cannabis reform, is also a senior Senate sponsor for the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which will be voted on in the House of Representatives this month.
Some thought Harris might push Biden further left on marijuana. Although the ticket did not herald any new changes in their cannabis reform policy, the campaign and issue has been getting more and more prominent in recent months.
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Sanders was on a political task force between Biden and Bernie Sanders that issued guidelines on important issues for the Democratic Party. Proponents had hoped the task force would also convince Biden to push for legalization, a position that would suit many members of the Democratic Party.
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But Biden has remained firm in his politics. He believes in the decriminalization of cannabis and the eradication of past marijuana records. He also supports the legalization of medical marijuana and the redesign of the plant to lift current restrictions on cannabis research.
Cannabis reform, or lack of it, appears to be an influential factor in the upcoming presidential election. Simultaneously with the Biden campaign comments, President Donald Trump has told Republicans to keep legalization off the ballot if they want. Trump reportedly fears cannabis could lose him in the elections and is asking for regular updates if legalization is slated for 2020.
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