Former Vice President Joe Biden was deemed the winner of the presidential election on Saturday following information that he had prevailed in Pennsylvania and Nevada, carrying his marketing campaign past the 270 electoral votes wanted to win the presidency. Biden’s success makes Donald Trump the primary incumbent president to fail to win reelection in almost 30 years.

“The individuals of this nation have spoken. They’ve delivered us a transparent victory, a convincing victory, a victory for ‘we the individuals.’ We received with essentially the most votes ever solid within the historical past of our nation,” Biden said at an look in Delaware on Saturday night, referring to the greater than 74 million votes he had earned at that time limit.

Hashish Reform Promised Throughout Marketing campaign

Biden’s victory is traditionally important in that his Democratic operating mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, has turn out to be the primary girl and the primary particular person of shade to be elected the nation’s vp. Though each candidates on this yr’s Democratic ticket have expressed a reluctance to assist hashish legalization prior to now, Harris dedicated the incoming administration to reform throughout final month’s vice presidential debate.

“We’ll decriminalize marijuana and we are going to expunge the information of those that have been convicted of marijuana,” she pledged.

Medical hashish advocacy group Individuals for Secure Entry (ASA) launched an announcement on Saturday expressing assist for the president-elect’s evolving view on reforming the nation’s marijuana legal guidelines.

“Incoming President Biden’s marketing campaign launched their method to federal hashish coverage in July of this yr, recommending hashish decriminalization, expungement of previous hashish prison convictions, rescheduling hashish to a decrease schedule than Schedule I of the Managed Substances Act (CSA), and persevering with to let states set their very own insurance policies on adult-use hashish,” the group wrote in an e mail to supporters.

ASA additionally famous that Harris has been a vocal and energetic supporter of hashish legislation reform since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016. 

“In the meantime the incoming Vice President is a sponsor of the MORE Act (S 2227), laws that might take away hashish from the CSA fully, and impose a 5% tax price on hashish purchases to fund hashish conviction expungements and hashish trade job coaching applications,” the assertion from ASA continued. “Whereas it might not be excellent, the Biden-Harris ticket represents essentially the most public assist for some type of federal hashish coverage reform that we’ve ever seen from an incoming administration.”

Along with her assist for the MORE Act, in 2018 Harris signed on as a co-sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act from Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. The next yr she restated her assist for hashish reform in an op-ed for CNN, noting the racial disparity prevalent within the enforcement of the nation’s drug legal guidelines.

“The very fact is, marijuana legal guidelines haven’t been enforced in the identical approach for all individuals. Information present that an individual of shade is more likely than a white particular person to be arrested for marijuana possession, regardless of proof that Individuals use marijuana at almost the identical price, no matter race,” Harris wrote.

“As public opinion of marijuana shifts towards legalization, it’s time we do the good factor—the proper factor—and guarantee any marijuana reform laws we placed on the desk adequately addresses the hurt attributable to the failed drug insurance policies of the previous,” she continued.

Will Hashish Reform Succeed?

Simply how a lot hashish reform could also be completed throughout a Biden-Harris administration will likely be influenced by which political social gathering controls the Senate, which may very well be determined by runoff elections for Georgia’s two seats within the physique more likely to be held early subsequent yr. Comic Ben Gleib, who like Biden and Harris campaigned for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, expressed aid and pleasure on the outcomes from Tuesday’s election whereas noting there may be nonetheless work to be performed. 

“This is without doubt one of the nice moments in American historical past,” Gleib mentioned in a message to Excessive Instances on Saturday. “Nice moments usually come on the finish of darkish instances. And that is no completely different. There may be lots of reversal of progress that should now be redone. However no less than we’ve a inexperienced mild to do it. And right this moment we rejoice!”