Moderate Democrats had urged Democrat leadership to hold any marijuana bill, concerned with how any votes could affect their re-election.
Biden’s plan additionally calls for ending the sentencing disparity between crack and cocaine convictions, which data has shown creates harsher penalties for people of color.
The two septuagenarians said they would work together on forming policy task forces around key issues like the economy and criminal justice in the upcoming election.
Analysts previously predicted Donald Trump might support marijuana legalization to boost his chances of re-election this year. Instead, the opposite has happened.
The "Drug War Justice Grants" would distribute monthly funds to former nonviolent marijuana convicts, as determined by time served, among other factors.
Out of all the Democratic candidates that have put their hats in the ring, the one that has the best chance at earning it, former Vice President Joe Biden, might be a little backwards when it comes to marijuana reform.
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