White House Press Secretary: Joe Biden's Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana Hasn't Changed

But forthcoming legislation in the Senate could force Biden's hand.


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a press conference today that President Joe Biden's opposition to legalizing marijuana hasn't changed since taking office.

"He spoke about this on the campaign," Psaki said in response to a question about marijuana legalization. "He believes in decriminalizing the use of marijuana, but his position has not changed."

The Biden White House has—unsurprisingly, given both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' past criminal justice records—been decidedly unchill about jazz cigarettes. Psaki's comments come after reports earlier this month that the White House had sanctioned staffers for past marijuana use.

Democrats may force Biden's hand, though. In February, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.), joined by Sens. Corey Booker (D–N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D–Ore.) said they will pursue comprehensive marijuana reform now that Democrats control both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

"The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color," the senators said in a press release. "Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country."

At the state level, New York is on the verge of legalizing marijuana, and about a third of the U.S. population now lives in states where the drug is legal for recreational use.

Internationally, the grass may soon be greener across both the northern and southern U.S. border. Mexico is expected to pass legislation in April legalizing marijuana.

If the White House wants to continue to insist that decriminalization, drug courts, and mandatory rehab are an acceptable substitute for individual autonomy, or anything other than a low-grade continuation of the drug war, it may do so, but it will find that position is becoming awfully lonely.

As Reason's Jacob Sullum wrote recently, "there is no moral justification for foisting 'rehabilitation' on people who do not want it and may not even be addicted. That policy strips people of their liberty, dignity, and moral agency simply because they consume psychoactive substances that politicians do not like."

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89 responses to “White House Press Secretary: Joe Biden's Opposition to Legalizing Marijuana Hasn't Changed

  1. Is there a positive [not because you hate Trump] reason for anyone having voted for Biden? If so, I’d really like to hear what that is.

    1. Shared characteristics. The graveyard vote feels that he’s one of them.

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    2. 120 years of service in the senate!

    3. There wasn’t a libertarian capitalist reason to vote for Biden, far as I can tell, and anyone who imagines there was one back in November, they should have been disabused of that notion by now.

      This happened with Bush Jr., too, much to the disappointment of libertarian capitalists, when Obama was elected. Reason ran an issue with Bush’s and Obama’s faces morphed into each other.

      Biden may be different on, say, DACA, but I maintain that getting rid of DACA is probably key to getting the dreamers out of limbo forever. Congress probably won’t rescue the dreamers from deportation until they have to, and as long as DACA remains on the books, they don’t have to rescue the dreamers from deportation. So, even if someone out there is big on immigration, Biden isn’t much of an improvement on that note either.

      Biden sucks.

      Even in the primaries, Democrats voted for him because he sucked less.

      1. ‘libertarian capitalists’?

        There are libertarians. Period. Libertarianism doesn’t care if you organize yourself in a capitalist form, or any of the socialist forms.

        As long as its voluntary.

    4. A simple reason for voting for Biden instead of Trump:

      Biden supports democracy, not mobocracy. There have been NO incidents of Bidenpanzees rioting for mobocracy to replace democracy! History paints a VERY bright picture for us: One-party states don’t work, and multi-party states do! A one-party GOP state is a sure-fire path to wrack and ruin! (Just like ANY one-party state).

      Der TrumpfenFuhrer ***IS*** responsible for agitating for democracy to be replaced by mobocracy!
      A list of the times Trump has said he won’t accept the election results or leave office if he loses

      Essential heart and core of the LIE by Trump: “ANY election results not confirming MEEE as Your Emperor, MUST be fraudulent!”

      September 13 rally: “The Democrats are trying to rig this election because that’s the only way they’re going to win,” he said.

      Trump’s constant re-telling and supporting the Big Lie (any election not electing Trump is “stolen”) set up the environment for this (insurrection riot) to happen. He shares the blame. Boys will be boys? Insurrectionists will be insurrectionists, trumpanzees gone apeshit will be trumpanzees gone apeshit, so let’s forgive and forget? Poor Trump was misunderstood? Does that sound good and right and true?

      It really should immediately make us think of Krystallnacht. Hitler and the NAZIs set up for this by constantly blaming Jews for all things bad. Jew-haters will be Jew-haters, so let’s forgive and forget? Poor Hitler was misunderstood? Does that sound good and right and true?

      Conservaturds no longer even believe in “conserving” democracy! All that they believe in any more, is their own POWER!

      1. “Biden supports democracy, not mobocracy”

        There are things they can do for people with anxiety disorders these days, but you need to make an appointment.

        1. Authoritarianism and totalitarianism (instead of multiparty democracy) killed (conservatively) 120 million people in the 20th century. Yet SOME “conservatives” who do NOT care to “conserve” multiparty democracy as a primary, foundational value, keep right on lusting after 1-party GOP rule!

          1. We really don’t read what you write. That would encourage you to keep coming here. We just want you to go away. Additionally, I would like it if you killed yourself.

            1. I would like it if you grew a brain, and devoted just a FEW neurons in it, into becoming anything other than pure, putrid, self-aggrandizing, insatiable EVIL!

        2. Personality disorders are recalcitrant to medication.

          He’s fucked.

          1. This is what happens when empty-headed troglodytes lose arguments based on FACTS… They resort to childish insults instead. More news at 11:00!

            1. You really need to be euthanized.

          2. That is true, but in his case I’m pretty sure it’s manic depressive illness. While in the manic phase we see him, when depressed we don’t. However, the “good” news is that medications can sometimes mitigate the severity of the mental disorder.

            Now here comes the likening of me to “Tim.” His standard response when someone tags him with the diagnosis.

            1. Wow, what literary talent and rapier wit! Let’s see if I can match or exceed it, with some OTHER brilliantly smart comments that I have created just now!

              Fuck off, spaz!
              You eat shit, you said so yourself!
              You’re a racist Hitler-lover!
              Take your meds!
              That’s so retarded!
              You’re a Marxist!
              Your feet stink and you don’t love Trump!
              Your source is leftist, so it must be false!
              Trump rules and leftists drool!
              You are SOOO icky-poo!
              But Goo-Goo-Gah-Gah!

              Wow, I am now 11 times as smart and original as you are!

      2. Worse than admitting you eat shit is admitting you voted for Yeb! Bush. A lowlife like you shouldn’t be calling anyone a _______panzee. But as a shit eater and Biden apologist the term Bidette fits you to a tee.

      3. Biden supports democracy, not mobocracy.

        Two things here.

        1. Democracy *is* mob rule. That’s the *point* of it.

        2. Biden is in no way ‘listening to the people’. Even the Democratic primaries disregard the democracy part by instituting ‘super-delegates’ who vote the way they’re told by the party apparatchiks – no matter how the floor vote goes. They fucking admitted it during Clinton’s run.

        1. 3. Any discussion of “mob rule” in the present-day USA should start with the Democrat-party approved takeover of part of Portland by a mob, and all the other BLM/”anti”fa riots that Democrat-run cities did little to oppose last year.

      4. I suppose that’s one way to interpret events. But I see no reason to believe that Trump and the capitol mob sincerely believed that the election was not legitimate. In which case, they were actually agitating for democracy and against corruption. Now it may well be that they are wrong about that. But they were still demonstrating for democratic elections and against corrupt siezures of political power.

      5. The sad part is this clown actually believes this diarrhea.

        And for the record, I can’t stand Trump.

        But you are 100% full of shit…even after diarrhea.

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    5. Well, it should be because you fully support the policies put forth in the democratic party platform.
      That is the expected reason for voting for a certain party.
      (Joe Biden is the absolute proof that you vote for the party, not the man)

    6. Because while he will be wrong – he will be wrong within normal parameters.



      1. I still like PJ, but that wasn’t one of his best moments. Trump’s behavior and personality are certainly outside of normal parameters, but in terms of actual acts as president, I don’t see anywhere he was wrong that is really outside of the normal American policy debates.

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  2. the socially liberal party, you say?

    1. Well, Biden is against segregation, and being conservative is all about segregation. At least, that’s what being socially liberal meant in 1962, when Biden was 20, and in his addled mind, that’s probably what he thinks conservatism is all about, too. Oh, and “liberal” means he thinks he should spend other people’s money on giant government welfare programs.

      Just because he’s “liberal” certainly doesn’t mean these stupid kids shouldn’t put on a jacket and a tie, get a haircut, and stay away from “marijuana cigarettes”. For goodness sake, those marijuana cigarettes make people oppose the war and jump off of buildings when they have a bad trip.

      The liberals were the ones beating the shit out of the New Left at the Democratic convention in Chicago back in 1968.

      The New Left “came to use the word ‘liberal’ as a political epithet”. Historian Richard Ellis (1998) says that the SDS’s search for their own identity “increasingly meant rejecting, even demonizing, liberalism.” As Wolfe (2010) notes, “no one hated liberals more than leftists”.

      Yeah, Biden is a liberal like that. He’s against segregation, but he thinks you should get a haircut. You look like a hippie.

      1. I mean, you should get a haircut. You look like a damned hippie.

        1. I prefer to think I look like some unkempt backwoods weirdo, thank you very much.

      2. Dude, Biden has been a racist his whole career. Pay the fuck attention.

  3. The honeymoon’s over! On to midterms.

    1. The honeymoon ending just means the novelty’s worn off, right?

      I think the novelty wore off of this one before it even started–like Elizabeth Taylor, on a honeymoon with her seventh husband, expecting to something that she’d never seen before.

      If anything, the left is just excited because they think Biden is more or less a pushover for the radical Democrats in Congress. It isn’t that they’re excited about Biden per se. He’s about as exciting as a rubber stamp.

      1. “He’s about as exciting as a rubber stamp.”

        Good line!

  4. Popping popcorn for the day Kamala takes over.

    1. That will only happen when whoever is pulling Biden’s strings have their strings firmly attached to the future Presidentrix.

      She’s less trustworthy in front of cameras than Biden currently is.

      1. I do not know who on her press team told her that the cackling at other people’s problems is a good look and that she should lean into that.

        1. You mean that smug giggle? Yeah, that really helps her public image.

          1. smug + giggle = smiggle. I like it.

  5. Bidens’ dog Major involved in another biting incident

    Jill Biden’s press secretary Michael LaRosa told CNN that Major is “still adjusting to his new surroundings.”

    Evidently, so is Joe.

    1. Major? Sounds like a militarized dog.

      1. Are we sure that Major isn’t just being scapegoated here to cover up for Joe Biden biting people?

        1. Blame the dog; often works for farting, but only the protein infused SBD variety.

    2. Is this story a euphemism for Jen Psaki, America’s Sorority president?

      1. There’s really very little but rumors suggesting that Psaki is engaged in sexual relations with the president’s dog. I mean, I’ve certainly heard those rumors myself, but there isn’t much evidence. Those pictures were almost certainly faked. And the invoices for cases of peanut butter.

        1. I just read this theory on the internet so that’s multiple sources confirming the story.

          (This is how your journalism!)

    3. His new surroundings will soon be a ‘farm’, ‘upstate’, where he can ‘chase bunnies’.

      1. Joe, Hunter, or Major?

  6. The good news is, Biden has no idea what the fuck is going on, so “forcing his hand” is going to be as easy as getting a dementia-addled octogenarian in a nursing home to sign a random form you throw in front of them.

    1. A shaky “X”.

      1. “We don’t need you to fill the rest of that out . . . “

    2. “…as easy as getting a dementia-addled octogenarian in a nursing home to sign a random form you throw in front of them.”

      Hey, easy on my stock in trade, please.

  7. Biden’s position hasn’t changed? Give it a few years and his position will have been changed. He’ll tell you himself he’s always supported marijuana decrinampalturations.

    1. He has supported it for 120 years.

  8. Biden voted for everything you hate while in the Senate, and supports the opposite of any libertarian position even today.

    How you don’t get it is astonishing. It has to be deliberate.

  9. Still waiting for someone to sanction Harris for her prior marijuana use. Maybe being a Black Asian let’s you avoid that.

    1. Or Hunter Biden getting kicked out of the navy for smoking crack and lying about it on a government form. Seems like friends of Joe can get away with pretty much anything.

    2. Please, Dude, the preferred nomenclature is ‘blasian’.

  10. “comprehensive marijuana reform”

    What the heck is that supposed to mean?

    “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color”

    So…if it was just the white people toking up, they’d be fine with crushing dope smokers with their jackboots?

    1. Pretty much.

    2. I don’t think anyone is saying that (OK, someone probably is, but you can find someone saying anything). I wish the pure arguments for individualism and liberty would work better, but a lot of people won’t follow and need something else to make them give a shit.

  11. Biden may be opposed to pot, but how does he feel about crack and meth?

  12. I actually think rescheduling MJ would have had a better chance with Trump in office. Yeah I know he got sucked into the whole opioid “epidemic” thing but I don’t think Trump gives a shit if somebody wants to smoke dope and I don’t think most of his supporters give a shit either. Biden on the other hand is an unapologetic drug warrior and has been putting people in prison for forty fucking years for using unapproved substances. He’s digging in on the subject and the idea that this senile idiot is going to have a libertarian epiphany seems like wishful thinking to me. Sorry CJ. Reason got what they wanted. The WOD is fully within normal parameters. Own it.

    1. Biden on the other hand is an unapologetic drug warrior and has been putting people in prison for forty 120 fucking years for using unapproved substances.

    2. I’m still not sure why DJT didn’t. Before the election would have been a good move – not that potheads vote all that much. Afterwards, though, what’s the harm?

  13. But does Joe Biden remember his position on marijuana?

  14. “The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color,” the senators said in a press release. “Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country.”


    These are the people that spent a good portion of their careers in politics pushing ever-tougher laws – and now they’re going to present themselves as saviors for undoing their life’s work.

    And it will work.

    1. Worked on CJ.

    2. It’s more than that, the war on drugs was spun by many supporters as a racial-justice initiative. We were told that anyone who was *serious* about communities of color had to vote for stern punishments for dealers who were poisoning those communities.

      1. It’s fairly interesting how yesterday’s anti-racism becomes today’s racism.

        See also “our Constitution is color-blind.”

        1. Yesterday’s anti-racism, while less racist than todays, was also pretty racist. Treating blacks like idiot children who can’t sort their own shit out.

          1. That continues today, with coastal libtards speaking on behalf of minorities like they were all idiots and who in many cases wish they would STFU.

  15. OMFG, stop the presses! Joe Biden is a piece of shit! Who could possibly have guessed?


  16. Given that his former boss wrote openly about his youthful drug experimentation, his current Veep laughs openly about her own weed use, and his son has been seen in photos holding a crack pipe, you might think that Joe Biden would at least reconsider his stance on recreational drug use. But no…when it comes to illegal immigrants flooding over the border and committing resources to dubious green energy projects, he is as woke as can be; his drug policies, however, remain firmly rooted in 1970s police dramas.

  17. I wonder if Jen Psaki is good in bed. What do you guys think?

    1. All redheads are.

      1. It’s the constant fear that she’s going to pull a knife from under the pillow and murder you while you’re doing it.

    2. Let me circle back to you on that.

    3. I heard if you ask her for a blowjob she’ll “circle back around to it.”

  18. Very few actually but rumors suggest that Psaki engages in sexual relations with the President’s dog. I mean, I have heard those rumors myself, but there is not much evidence in it.

    1. Well, that would explain the biting; it’s bestiality from HIS POV, too

  19. “Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm…”

    Too bad this wasn’t a good enough reason on its own. Nah, it’s only bad because of harms “inflicted on communities of color.”

    1. For whatever reason, people seem to be less outraged at injustice that is evenly distributed across society than injustice targeted at a particular group. I don’t see any claim that it’s only bad because of that, though.

  20. An opinion from a Canadian legal cannabis consumer…

    Your President is a two-faced fucking idiot and his VP is a mean-spirited bitch.

    1. No argument there. And your PM is a worthless soy-boy.

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