On Nov. 16 at a town hall, Biden shared that he opposes the legalization of the drug on the federal level.
During the debate, Booker made sure to let Biden know how he feels about the former vice president’s position.
“When I hear him say that ‘I don’t think we should legalize marijuana,’ I thought you might have been high when you said it,” Booker said, drawing laughter from the audience.
Booker then pointed out that there are adolescents in jail because of drug offenses, which prompted Biden to clarify that he thinks “we should decriminalize marijuana, period.”
See the exchange below:
Booker is among several other candidates who believe marijuana should be legalized federally, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
A committee within the House of Representatives passed a measure on Wednesday that would legalize marijuana federally. It would also erase the criminal records of those convicted for possessing the drug, as IJR previously reported. The measure was called a “turning point for federal cannabis policy” by the National Cannabis Industry Association.
A recent poll by Pew Research Center found that only 32% of Americans are against the legalization of marijuana on a federal level — a drop from 52% opposed to it in 2010.