Biden Won't Run, Cannabis Activists Let Out Sigh Of Relief

Vice President Joe Biden's decision not to run for president in 2016 is a big win for cannabis advocates, according to Eddie Miller, the CEO of Green Rush - an organization that helps connect patients with medicinal cannabis dispensaries in the U.S.

"If Biden had been elected President, he would most likely have increased enforcement of Federal Anti-Cannabis Laws," Miller told Forbes. "The industry will undoubtedly support Clinton, who took a very neutral stance and Bernie Sanders who seems to be the 'Cannabis Candidate.' The industry has also donated to Rand Paul, a libertarian Republican."

Critics of the vice president have dubbed him an " anti-marijuana zealot" and credit him with crafting the legislation behind America's "War on Drugs" and mandatory minimum sentences for cannabis-related offences.

So they will surely bid him good riddance.

Here's the clip of Biden's announcement:


Prime Minister-designate Boris Johnson has dabbled with illicit drugs in the past, but reforming the United Kingdom's antiquated cannabis laws probably won't be part of his future. On Monday it was officially announced that MP Boris Johnson had been elected as Leader of the Conservative Party, which means he will succeed outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May as the head of government. Johnson is expected to take a different approach to politics than his predecessor, but anyone hoping that he will push for national cannabis reform probably shouldn't hold their breath.

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