Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman called on Monday for President Joe Biden to change his stance on cannabis legalization and work to decriminalize the drug at the federal level ― a vastly popular policy decision that’s already been implemented by many states.
Fetterman, who currently serves as the state’s lieutenant governor, said that he plans to march alongside Biden at Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade on Sept. 5. The Democratic candidate told reporters that he looks forward to talking to Biden at the parade about the “need to finally decriminalize marijuana.”
“It’s long past time that we finally decriminalize marijuana,” Fetterman said. “The president needs to use his executive authority to begin descheduling marijuana, I would love to see him do that prior to his visit to Pittsburgh. This is just common sense and Pennsylvanians overwhelmingly support decriminalizing marijuana.”
A 1970 law categorizes cannabis as a Schedule I drug, which has led to a massive number of arrests that disproportionately impact Black Americans. There is no record of anyone ever dying of a cannabis overdose, though it is still considered at the federal level to be more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamine, which combined were linked to over 50,000…