White House Backs DOJ Plan to Reclassify Marijuana, Aims to Address Racial Injustice

The White House praised the Justice Department’s plan to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug to Schedule III. This move is seen as an effort to address racial injustice, as black and brown people have been disproportionately affected by marijuana-related arrests and convictions. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that downgrading marijuana would remove barriers to research and further President Biden’s commitment to reversing long-standing injustices.

The announcement coincides with the White House’s increased outreach to black voters, a key demographic for Biden’s potential 2024 reelection bid. The administration recently highlighted over $16 billion in support for historically black colleges and universities, and Biden is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College. The White House also commemorated the anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which ended racial segregation in public schools.

Despite the positive focus on addressing racial injustice, the administration has faced challenges related to pro-Palestinian protests and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. White House Office of Public Engagement Director Steve Benjamin emphasized Biden’s support for free speech, even for peaceful protesters, as long as they do not disrupt important events.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris shared videos on social media in support of the Justice Department’s proposed rulemaking to reclassify marijuana. They both expressed their commitment to addressing the negative impact of marijuana policies and thanked advocates for their support.

The White House’s efforts to reclassify marijuana and address racial injustice have been met with praise from supporters, but there are still ongoing challenges and concerns, particularly related to international conflicts.

Written by Staff Reports

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