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1. One thing that annoys me to no end - both dems and GOPrs believe in science *until science conflicts with their beliefs or what they want to believe.*

Before people start slamming @JoeBiden on his *actual* statements about marijuana, know this: His *actual* words are right..
@JoeBiden 2...start from my position: It is my hope that marijuana is legalized, at the very least for research purposes. Cannabis (not THC) has enormous medical applications, and it is stupid we aren't able to conduct mass research.

But is it a gateway drug? As Biden stated, the....
@JoeBiden 3...research is not conclusive. Research from different scientific journals - Journal of Substance Use and Misuse, Journal of Forensic Science - have data suggesting it is. Now, is it the drug or environmental factors? That is what needs to be resolved.....
@JoeBiden from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed marijuana use preceded alcoholism pretty strongly in several cohorts. Again, environmental factors can be the explanation, but that research *is not finished.*

So Biden saying "I would want to know research..
@JoeBiden 5...on gateway drug issues" is not some old fogey not being up with the time. It is the state of the science. Now, there is something else here: Does the gateway effect, if it is real, justify not legalizing? After all, readily available alcohol is a huge factor in alcoholism...
@JoeBiden 6...but I would MUCH rather have political leaders who say "I want to know the science before I make a decision" versus "I want, therefore that is my decision."

And again - I am someone who hopes for legalization. I just dont ignore science because it counters what I want....
@JoeBiden 7...if you want to know more about the state of research on potential gateway drug effect of marijuana - and the conflict between the use and environmental factors - read this report from two months ago by the National Institute on Drug Abuse....…
@JoeBiden 8...again, you might have lots of arguments one way or another, but just like with climate change or evolution or anything else science based, I don't care about your beliefs. I care about what the science shows. And for right now, the science is unclear. (But again....
@JoeBiden 9...even if it proves to be a gateway drug, policy rationales could lead to that concern being overruled. But Id rather have policy with scientific elements be made with knowledge of the science first.)

Am I apologizing for Biden? No. I am standing up for scientific inquiry.
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