Former Vice President Joe Biden said Saturday that more study is needed Online Cigarettes Store USA to determine whether marijuana is "a gateway drug," making him the only one of the leading Democratic presidential primary candidates to oppose legalization on the federal level.
Biden – who said in 2010, "I still believe it's a gateway drug," and "legalization is a mistake" – was asked at a town hall in Las Vegas if his position had changed.
"No, it hasn't changed," Biden said. He explained that although he supports allowing states to determine Newport Cigarettes Shop their own marijuana policies, "the truth of the matter is, there has not been nearly enough evidence acquired as to whether or not it's a gateway drug."
Though Biden opposes legalization on the federal level, he said anyone incarcerated for marijuana should be released and criminal records should be expunged of any marijuana charges. He supports removing marijuana from the list of Schedule 1 drugs, which says it has no medical use, to Schedule III, which would make it easier to research.
The gateway drug theory says marijuana use can lead to the use of harder drugs, such as heroin or cocaine,Cheap Newport 100s cigarettes because it fuels an appetite to experiment with other substances and enters the user in a social circle where they are available. Critics of the theory say myriad factors contribute to addiction and no evidence has been found that pot's effects lead to hard drugs.