Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)

In Short

Sen. Biden has publicly promised to end the federal raids on state medical marijuana programs.

What Sen. Biden Has Done:

Sen. Biden has neither cosponsored nor voted on any legislation specifically addressing medical marijuana.

What Sen. Biden Has Said:

At a house party in Canterbury, New Hampshire, on May 12, 2007, Sen. Biden was asked if he would end the federal raids on medical marijuana patients. He responded, “Yes!” He added, “But you know that one of the things we have got to deal with is the issue of pain management. I spent a lot of time in the hospital, fortunately I wasn’t, for most of the time, in serious pain. But, you know, lying there for 59 days in an ICU unit you see people and hear people in pain. We have not devoted nearly enough science or time to deal with the pain management and chronic pain management that exists. There’s got to be a better answer than marijuana. There’s got to be a better answer than that. There’s got to be a better way for a humane society to figure out how to deal with that problem.”

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