Biden: 'No One Should Go to Jail for Drug Crime - No Matter What the Crime'
Former vice president says no prison for drug offenses: 'Period. Nobody. Nobody.'
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has declared that "nobody" should be jailed for drug offenses, "no matter what the crime."
The former vice president made the remarks during a Friday interview with The Breakfast Club‘s Charlemagne tha’ God.
According to Biden, not a single person should be jailed for any sort of drug-related crime, presumably including criminal activity such as smuggling heroin into America, running a methamphetamine lab, or selling crack on street corners.
Biden hammered home his point, that he doesn't want to see any criminals jailed for drug crime, by declaring: "Period. Nobody. Nobody."
During the wide-ranging and rambling - and at some points offensive - interview, Biden tried to articulate his position of decriminalizing marijuana but not legalizing it.
He then went on to boast, “I know a lot of weed smokers.”
Biden spoke about marijuana during the interview before moving on to the topic of punishing drug crime.
In a scattered overview of the subject, he suggested replacing jail time for any and all drug offenses with mandatory rehab:
"The plan I have is my manifesto for black America, and particularly the portion of it that relates to how, in fact, we’re gonna deal with the prison system," Biden explained.
"If you are in prison, if you are convicted of a crime — No one should be going to jail for drug crime. Period. Nobody. Nobody. No matter what the crime," he declared.
"Particularly marijuana which makes no sense for people to go to jail.
"They should be just wiped out completely, and the reason is that, what, if anything, for those crimes that are actually continue to be crimes, schedule crimes, as marijuana shouldn’t be anymore, what is happening is you shouldn’t go to prison.
"You should go to a mandatory rehabilitation.
"It costs less to put people in a drug rehabilitation program than it does in jail.
"And you have a chance. You’ve got to give people a chance!"
Charlamagne then asked Biden about the difference between legalizing cannabis and decriminalizing it.
Biden responded that lawmakers need more studies exploring whether the drug impacts the long term development of the brain.
“We should wait until the studies are done, and I think science matters,” he said.
Charlemagne responded that America already has “decades” worth of data from marijuana’s usage across the country.
“I think we got decades and decades of studies from actual weed smokers though,” he said.
“Yeah we do,” Biden grinned. “I know a lot of weed smokers.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Biden made unsolicited and racially charged remarks aimed at black Americans.
As Neon Nettle previously reported, the ex-VP, out of nowhere, declared that African Americans "ain't black" if they "have a problem figuring out" if they should vote for him over President Donald Trump in the November election.
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told Charlamagne.
Biden's remark wasn't in response to a question, however, but followed the host’s statement: “It’s a long way until November, we’ve got more questions.”