Roughly a week after Joe Biden alienated himself from 80% of liberals who want marijuana legalized when he vowed to keep it illegal until science figures out whether it's a gateway drug, the former Vice President backpedaled so hard on a Monday follow-up question we'd be surprised if he doesn't have whiplash.
To recap, Biden told a Las Vegas audience on Saturday "The truth of the matter is, there's not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug," adding "It's a debate, and I want a lot more before I legalize it nationally. I want to make sure we know a lot more about the science behind it.
Did...did Booker just say he thought Biden was high? 😳 pic.twitter.com/3OaUmnjLrJ— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) November 21, 2019
On Monday, Biden flip-flopped, telling the Nevada Independent's Megan Messerly whether he thought he was wrong to suggest that marijuana might be a gateway drug: "Well I didn't. I said some say it's a potway [sic] drug - or pot was a gateway drug," adding "what I said was an I've been talking about this for some time now, anyone, anyone, first of all it should be totally decriminalized number one, number two, anyone who has been convicted of an offense or using pot, their record should be wiped totally clean, completely clean, so they don['t even have to if asked if they've ever been arrested, they will not have to say yes."
Biden continued (we suggest reading slowly):
"With regard to the total legalization of it," which is somehow different from the phrase "totally decriminalized" he used moments before, "there are some in the medical community who say it needs to be made a Schedule II drug so there can be more studies, as not whether it is a gateway drug but whether or not it when used in other combinations may have a negative impact on people overcoming other problems including in fact on young people in terms of brain development, a whole range of things that are beyond my expertise. Except there are serious medial folks who say we should study it more. Not that we shouldn't, not that we should make it illegal, that we should be in a position where we criminalize it but where we should just look at it. And you know I constantly am pointing out that Donald Trump, fiction over science, well there's enough serious scientists who say let's, give us a little more chance to actually study it. And that's what I've said."
Here's @JoeBiden's full answer to me on whether he was wrong to suggest pot might be a gateway drug at a recent Las Vegas town hall.— Megan Messerly (@meganmesserly) November 25, 2019
"I don't think it is a gateway drug. There's no evidence I've seen that suggests that," he said. pic.twitter.com/DJzM7LutRy
Trump should just quietly prop a mirror on stage, walk away, and let nature take its course. pic.twitter.com/BWvhMgsU4a— Rachel Deckard (@deckard_rachel) November 25, 2019