6 in 10 Americans support legalizing marijuana, including a majority of Republicans, recent polling shows
Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., expressed support for descheduling marijuana in an editorial in the Boston Globe's health vertical STAT News on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
One of the staunchest opponents of marijuana decriminalization in Congress, Rep. Joe Kennedy III, changed course on Tuesday, endorsing nationwide legalization in a Boston Globe editorial.
“I believe we must implement strong, clear, and fair federal guidelines. To do that requires us to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and legalize it at the federal level,” the Massachusetts congressman wrote, citing its value to public health and racial inequities in how laws on pot are enforced.