Democratic senators ask Biden to reclassify cannabis, pardon nonviolent offenders


HR King
May 29, 2001
Six Democratic senators asked the Biden administration to reclassify cannabis and pardon nonviolent offenders, a push to get the president closer to marijuana legalization.
The senators — Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Edward J. Markey (Mass.), Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Cory Booker (N.J.) — sent a letter to Biden on Wednesday calling on him to use his authority to pardon “all individuals convicted of non-violent cannabis-related offenses” and to remove cannabis’s classification as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The letter was addressed to Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.
Biden, during the 2020 campaign, stopped short of a full endorsement of marijuana legalization but did say that he believed “nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana.” He also said he’d be willing to support reclassifying marijuana as a Schedule II drug.
So far, however, his administration has stayed mum on its marijuana policy and efforts to pardon nonviolent offenders.
“The Administration’s failure to coordinate a timely review of its cannabis policy is harming thousands of Americans, slowing research, and depriving Americans of their ability to use marijuana for medical or other purposes,” the Democrats wrote.
The senators also mentioned an attempt they made last fall to get the Justice Department to reclassify marijuana. In a half-page response, which took six months, the department told the Democrats that they couldn’t reclassify cannabis because it “has not been proven in scientific studies to be a safe and effective treatment for any disease or condition.”
“It is obvious that cannabis has widely accepted medical benefits, affirmed by medical and scientific communities both here and across the globe,” the senators wrote.
You can read the letter here.



HR Legend
Mar 20, 2005
Mar 11, 2020
This would be one of the best things Biden and the dems could do to increase membership in the party.
I always kind of thought this would be the final big play by Trump to win. Dude didn't care about drugs, he cared about money, and there is no denying the amount of money the government could make off of turning into the #1 dealer.


HR Legend
Gold Member
Oct 13, 2006
Since we’re talking something that would help the Dems in the mid terms it’d actually be better if they passed this in Congress or get the R’s to vote against…..then EO it
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