President Trump‘s campaign believes that candidate Joe Biden, as the primary sponsor and supporter of punitive drug laws, has led to large-scale imprisonment.
In a blog post published on Tuesday, the team slammed Biden as “typical Washington career politician who spent decades building up America’s mass incarceration system and poisoning the public discourse with race-baiting, divisive and inflammatory remarks.”
The role of Biden in drafting legislation to increase the war on drugs during his time in the Senate, and the fact that it appears in Mr. Trump’s 2020 video AD, suggests that the president is preparing to make drug policy reform a highlight of his campaign in November.
A blog post on donaldjtrump.com said: “Biden hasn’t just stoked America’s racial divisions over the course of his decades in Washington,” Later, the technically unaffiliated Super PAC America First announced that it shared the post on Twitter. “Biden was the chief architect of mass incarceration and the War on Drugs, which targeted Black Americans.”
The campaign blog post continued: “Biden voted to extend minimum penalties for people under 21 charged with selling marijuana and introduced the civil forfeiture legislation which allows the government to seize assets of citizens accused of drug crimes. Biden helped write the Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which created the 100:1 crack cocaine sentencing disparity and disproportionately targeted minority communities.”
“Biden’s self-imagined reinvention as a racial healer is laughable and requires memory-holing decades of racially inflammatory rhetoric.”
In a video ad posted last month, the Trump campaign stated that mass imprisonment “has put hundreds of thousands behind bars for minor offenses, Joe Biden wrote those laws.”
Advocates for drug reform have made similar criticisms of Biden, arguing that his past deeds are not optimistic about the prospects for a sweeping policy change in the US criminal justice system. Although he recently supported more moderate proposals, such as legalizing possession of the property, allowing medical marijuana, and the federal giving states the right to repeal past bills and let states make their own laws. His continued opposition to the legalization of adult cannabis is frustrating.
Erik Altieri, executive director of NORML, stated, “Joe Biden’s record on drug policy is quite abysmal given his role in the 1994 Crime Bill and as one of the lead advocates for increased mandatory minimum sentences and other policies that inflamed our crisis of mass incarceration in this country. Unfortunately, despite not having a long legislative record like Biden for direct comparison, Donald Trump’s history as it relates to racial justice and drug policy is also quite horrendous.”
Jeff Sessions, Trump’s first attorney general, abolished the Obama-era guidelines, Cole memo. According to the directive, federal prosecutors cannot take action against individuals for activities under the states where have legalized cannabis, excluding certain particular circumstances.
And while Mr. Trump has said that he supports legalizing medical marijuana, he has issued several signing statements on spending legislation that reserves the right to ignore a longstanding rider that bars the Justice Department from using its money to interfere with state-legal medical marijuana programs.
Trump also asked Congress to end medical marijuana protection in his 2021 fiscal year budget plan, though Obama administration has failed to done this before.
Despite Trump’s commitment to supporting medical marijuana and the states’ rights, Trump has a negative attitude towards marijuana consumption, which demonstrated in the 2018 recording leaked two years later. The president said in the record that the use of marijuana would make people “lose IQ points.”
Another controversial administrative action involves immigration and cannabis. In April 2019, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a memo stating that the use of marijuana or engaging in marijuana-related “activities” is an unethical crime, such as working in a pharmacy (even in a legal state), immigrants will lose Eligibility for citizenship.
According to a report by Axios, Trump has expressed his appreciation for the death penalty imposed on drug traffickers in February 2020, which is widely known in public.
At the same time, although the president’s re-election campaign shaped Trump as a criminal justice reformer, Trump himself seemed to agree more about the violent law enforcement measures against people who protested the police’s killing of African Americans.
NORML’s Altieri stated that despite these contradictory statements and administrative actions, the Trump campaign “does seem to understand by putting forth this outreach is that marijuana law reform and ending our failed War on Drugs are popular positions with the majority of all Americans, regardless of political affiliation.”
“All candidates should be putting forth comprehensive plans on how they will address cannabis and criminal justice reform if they are in the White House in 2021, but as of yet we’ve seen mostly lip service and finger pointing in lieu of real solutions,” he said.
This article is issued by Marijuana Mmoment.