Weed Week

Congress Is Closer Than Ever to Ending the Federal War on Weed

Democrats, now in control of both chambers of Congress, say they will push ahead with marijuana reform with or without the support of the White House.

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Eighteen states containing 40 percent of Americans have now fully legalized marijuana, but the federal prohibition on cannabis still hangs over the country like a noxious, non-psychoactive cloud. However, a renewed push in Congress could finally end the government's war on weed.

Last year, the House of Representatives voted in a historic first to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. That bill, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, failed to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but now that Democrats hold a slim majority in both chambers of Congress, they are trying once again.

In the House, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D–N.Y.), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, plans to reintroduce the bill, which would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act and eliminate federal criminal penalties for cultivation, distribution, and possession.

The legislation would also automatically expunge federal marijuana convictions and require judges to vacate the sentences of those currently incarcerated for federal marijuana offenses on request. It would also end the ban on federal public benefits to those with marijuana convictions.

Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.), along with Sens. Cory Booker (D–N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D–Ore.), announced they will pursue comprehensive marijuana reform this year.

"The War on Drugs has been a war on people—particularly people of color," the senators said in a press release. "Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country."

That bill has not been introduced yet, but in an interview with Politico this month, Schumer said Democrat leadership in Congress will move forward with legalization with or without the support of President Joe Biden.

"I am personally for legalization," Schumer said. "And the bill that we'll be introducing is headed in that direction."

Biden supports decriminalization but not full legalization, a position he hasn't budged on even as more and more states and Democratic leadership in Congress—not exactly a spry, young group—leave him behind.

"He spoke about this on the campaign," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in response to a question about marijuana legalization. "He believes in decriminalizing the use of marijuana, but his position has not changed."

Maritza Perez, national affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance, predicts the MORE Act will pass the House again, but it will be a much tougher road for legalization in the Senate.

"The Senate will present a challenge because there aren't many vehicles where we can get this done with a simple majority," says Perez. "We're probably going to need 60 votes, which means we're going to have to get all the Democrats plus 10 Republicans. I think that will be very challenging given the polarized Congress that we have."

Perez says the bill is also expected to have provisions intended to funnel tax revenues back into communities that were ravaged by the drug war. These sort of racial justice provisions, as civil liberties groups call them, have become more and more common in legalization bills, and progressive groups consider them make-or-break for their support.

As Reason's Jacob Sullum summarized last year, the MORE Act would also:

Impose a 5 percent federal tax on cannabis products, rising to 6 percent after two years, 7 percent after three years, and 8 percent after four years. The revenue would be assigned to drug treatment, 'services for individuals adversely impacted by the War on Drugs,' loans for marijuana businesses owned by 'socially and economically disadvantaged individuals,' and grants aimed at reducing 'barriers to cannabis licensing and employment for individuals adversely impacted by the War on Drugs.'

Congress is also once again considering legislation that would normalize banking for the legal marijuana industry, which almost exclusively operates in cash because of its lack of access to financial institutions. In March, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D–Colo.) reintroduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. The legislation would stop banks from being penalized by federal regulators for servicing legal marijuana businesses.

Democrats' razor-thin majority in the Senate means the passage of these bills is anything but assured, but the chance to end the federal criminalization of marijuana and let states decide for themselves is closer than ever.

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  1. Legalizing weed could prove to be the only accomplishment by this Democrat controlled Congress that actually benefits Americans and America.

    Had Trump legalized weed, as I repeatedly urged him to do, he’d have won reelection in a landslide.

    1. According to Trump and his sycophants, he DID win re-election by a landslide.

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    2. I don’t think the issue is anywhere near as much a vote getter as you think. Who do you think would’ve come out to vote, not voted for president, or switched their vote, in that favor? Especially when those interested are mostly affected by state, not federal law.

      1. It was a bit of a vote getter here in Canada, but only a one time thing. Tens of thousands of chronics who had never voted before and never will again, showed up at the polls.
        Trudeau still lost the popular vote to the Conservatives, but I think it was enough to nudge him into a minority government with the NDP.

        1. ens of thousands of chronics who had never voted before and never will again, showed up at the polls.

          Stood in line for a bit, forgot why they were there, got hungry, and then wandered off.

          1. I’ve never seen a line to vote up here. You usually show you’re ID, receive your paper ballot, mark it hidden behind a cardboard kiosk on a table, and then you stuff it in the box. There are usually dozens of tables with kiosks and boxes, so nobody has to wait more than a few seconds.
            Long lines seems to be an American thing.

            1. They were in a line at the Tim Horton’s – they just thought it was the line to vote.

            2. Wait – you show your ID? Fucking racists…

      2. Had Trump legalized weed (i.e. eliminated it’s Schedule 1 drug classification), many liberal, libertarian and apolitical weed smokers who ended up voting for Biden would have warmed up to and voted for Trump in 2020. It would have been a game changer.

        1. Had he legalized weed, Trump would have gotten more white, Hispanic and black votes, as the federal government’s war on drugs/marijuana has devastated Hispanic and black communities much worse than its harmed white hippies.

    3. He should have de-scheduled it on his way out, too. But yeah, he definitely should have done that in October or earlier. No brainer.

      1. He should have descheduled it and started his own brand – Trump Weed. It would have been just sorry-ass schwag sold to the same gullible fools who bought into the other Trump products.

        1. You got banned for posting kiddie porn links dildo.

          1. He’s not a dildo, he’s too much of a real dick.

            Although I do think Trump is the stupidest person to ever hold the office of POTUS. He had so many opportunities to nail the 2020 election down, and he was just too fucking stupid.

            Just as stupid as the people who think Biden is an improvement. Which I guess he is, if you prefer eating yak shit over rhino shit.

        2. Lol, you’re so butthurt and bitter.

    4. It’s almost certain that if the democrats legalize pot, that they will impose a large federal tax on it. Probably also adding lots of regulations too.

      Be careful what you wish for.

      1. Not to mention setting Big Law loose to go after Big Profits from Big Weed any way they can.

      2. And then the black market will step in and undercut, similar to how it works in CO or elsewhere. Not exactly a loss here considering you couldn’t go to prison for it anymore.

        I fail to see how legalization or just decriminalization is at all a bad thing.

  2. the bill is also expected to have provisions intended to funnel tax revenues back into communities that were ravaged by the drug war.

    “The government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.” — Harry Browne

  3. “Eighteen states containing 40 percent of Americans have now fully legalized marijuana”

    Fully legalized ?

    You mean no more “recreational use” only ?
    And no more quantity control ?
    And no more state licensing control ?

    The comment by Reason above is laughable as to what constitutes FULL legalization !

    1. Cosplay libertarians?

    2. New Jersey did not “fully legalized” shit. It “legalized” a product of what will be a state sponsored cartel with handouts to every Democrat interest group. You cannot receive even a temporary license to perform any part of the cannabis production process or sale process without having an agreement with a labor union.

      And this horseshit about “restitution for communities devastated by the drug war“ makes me ill. Over 77% of persons incarcerated for drug offenses are male; yet the New Jersey law gives license preference to women.

      If this were any product or service other than weed, libertarians would be screaming bloody murder about this supposed “full legalization.” These despicable state laws no more “fully legalized” cannabis than a state run lottery “fully legalized” gambling

    3. By libertarian standards nothing is fully legal, nor will anything ever be fully legal.

      As such it makes little sense to use libertarian standards when discussing such things

  4. To be safe, they’d have to not just remove marijuana from the schedules (and all the separate statutory mentions it gets alone), but add it to the list of things — tobacco, wine, malt beverages, and distilled spirits (but notably not nicotine or alcohol from other sources) ‐ listed in the definitions section as “not controlled substances”. Otherwise the DOJ could administratively add it back, giving the same reasons it last gave for not removing it.

  5. Fortunately for the CIA’s drug cartel buddies and American high school kids, the tax scheme on cannabis will continue to drive a robust black market.

    1. Exactly. Here in CA, they add a huge tax surcharge to weed purchases which keeps the black market and “illegal” grow operations going strong. We still have sheriffs and ATF agents swooping in on people’s properties in helicopters to arrest the owners and burn their crops to the ground. Liberal governments will never acknowledge the effects taxes have on behavior…

      1. Black market weed is better quality and less expensive.

  6. https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1383771278687887366?s=19

    Democrats actively encouraging riots & violence.

    They want to tear us apart.

    “’We gotta stay on the street,’ Waters was recorded saying, adding that protesters needed ‘to get more confrontational’ & they should ignore the curfew in place.” [link]

    1. But dude! Weed is legal!

      Huxley was right. Pathetic.

      Weed should be legal. That’s not the point. Legalization of marijuana is about number 20 on the list of giant problems facing this society right now, and it still won’t stop the War on Some Drugs. But instead of vociferously complaining and writing about items #1-19 on the list, this place is going to celebrate Weed Week.

      1. If you like to consume weed, it makes a huge difference for you.
        Also, such a blatant injustice, even if it affects only 10% of the population directly (I guess it is much more) has important symbolic impact. It makes people disrespect the state and the authorities, only because they think they must prevent you from having a good time. This is just horrible, and should be issue #1. Because it is a sympotom of a sick government.

    2. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1383834720274767873?s=19

      Hours after Maxine Waters told people to be more confrontational there was a drive-by shooting of the National Guard in Minneapolis

      1. Isn’t that incitement?

        1. *checks political party*

          No.

          1. BUT… i’m sure cbs nbc and abc will all dispatch a legion of reporters to ask maxine about this… AND to get every democratic pol on record as to what they think about the correlation between mad max’s advice and the shooting

            …Yeah.. thats what they’ll do…
            for sure!

  7. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1383493606317559823?s=19

    If you think I’m exaggerating when I say that corporate journalists treat all evidence-free government assertions as true without any questioning or needing corroboration — the definition of state TV — look at this CNN tweet & CNN video. It’s pure:

    [Link]

    Do you see that? They’re not even hiding it. This is such a pervasive sickness that TV journalists don’t even know they’re not supposed to do this. Everyone in their world does it. They’re expressly saying that a Govt **Press Release** constitutes “proof” and “confirmation.”

    1. That NBC headline sounds just like chemjeff and White Knight yesterday.

      It’s fascinating (horrifying) how all these huge bombshells are announced with zero evidence, published everywhere, and then just disappear with no mea culpas or apologies when they inevitably turn out to be bullshit.

      1. Yesterday? What topic?

      2. Once again, Mother’s, who accuses me of starting fights, has insulted me in a comment thread I wasn’t even present in.

        1. Right here, you lying dipshit:
          https://reason.com/2021/04/17/andrew-yang-gets-schooled-on-new-york-street-vendors/#comment-8861342

          Or are you going to accuse Tulpa of imitating you again?

          1. My linking to the story about that Hale-Cucinelli [sp?] dude? What’s your problem with the article I linked to?

            1. Haha you’re dumb.

            2. Oops, I was in that thread commenting on chemjeff’s latest bullshit, I better claim his real problem was with my link”

              Lol, what a weasel.

  8. Yeah, they’re going to “legalize” marijuana. About the same way machine guns are legal. What you mean to say is that they’re going to federalize marijuana.

    1. Only a fake libertarian like you could bitch about legalizing something where you could just as easily still go get it on the black market without worrying about going to prison.

  9. Translation: We need the taxez.

  10. Yeah, with legal weed crooks will take minimum wage jobs. Whew, that was easy.

    More mental illness in society, no problem.

    Inalienable rights under siege, don’t worry be happy.

  11. There was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder

    It’s official: The Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

    In an explosive development, the Biden administration confirmed that a Russian government agent with close connections to Donald Trump’s top 2016 campaign official “provided the Russian Intelligence Services with sensitive information on polling and [Trump] campaign strategy.”

    This revelation demolishes, once and for all, Trump’s ceaseless claims that he was the victim of the “greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.” (Recall that a Trump appointee directed Robert Mueller to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”)

    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/548794-there-was-trump-russia-collusion-and-trump-pardoned-the-colluder

    Another wingnut lie exposed.

    1. Lol

      This why Matt Tabbi, Glenn Greenwald, and Michael Tracy (all leftists) are dunking on State Media – because low IQ child molesters like above believe their masters without question

      1. It’s hilarious. Even after a link is posted exposing the bullshit as State Bullshit, the child molester comes in to post the bullshit like it’s found gold.
        Stupendous stupidity!

      2. Taibbi lived in Russia and is a well-known Soviet apologist.

        1. Lol. You’re a fucking joke pedophile.

        2. Are you fucking for real? That’s what you’re going to try and run with?

          I spent a week in Manhattan a few years back, I guess that makes me a Cuomo apologist.

          You’re so shit at this Buttplug. If I were your boss at the fifty-cent factory, I’d can your ass.

    2. That was desperate even for you buttplug.

      1. Trump was Putin’s Poodle and was from the first meeting at Trump Tower.

        The desperate lies from the right (including the Big Lie that the election was stolen) indicate that the conservative movement is at last dead – replaced with an Make Aryans Great Again cult.

        1. Is that the same Big Lie that told everyone that Russia had put bounties on American’s heads in Afghanistan? Or that Trump paid Russian Hookers to pee on Obama’s bed? Or that Biden never did the pay for play? Or that Obama didn’t have the FBI and CIA spy on elected officials and lie to a judge to get the warrants? Or that January 6 was an iNsurrEction? Or that Sicknick was murdered by a fire extinguisher? Or that Kavanaugh ran a secret gang rape cartel? Or that the Covington kids assaulted a vet? Or that Trump said neo-Nazis were “fine people”? Or that MAGA madmen lynched Smollet? Or that Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress?

          All these Big Lies were pushed here by you, Nuttplug.

          1. You’re confusing The Big Lie with Noble Lies. Guess how you can tell which is which?

        2. ZERO EVIDENCE, FUCKTARD. AS IN NONE.

          And I hate Trump; every time he inhales it’s a total waste of good air that could have been more useful as someone else’s fart. He was bad without this Russia canard.

          Go back to tossing Rachel Maddow’s salad you any blue will do shit for brains.

  12. Don’t stop at weed. End the entire disastrous drug war. The number of people killed, lives destroyed, incarcerations, governments corrupted, etc, etc, etc. It’s time to end one of the worst government policies in our history.

    1. Even Johnson/Weld wouldn’t go there. You think the Democrats will?

      1. How long has it been since a Libertarian presidential ticket was for legalization of all drugs? Harry Browne? Badnarik?

  13. You can have your dope if you close the border first.

  14. So, if the President feels its right and proper to do, through executive actions, things that he wants done that Congress ‘can’t or won’t do’ – do you think he’ll feel it right and proper to *undo* through executive actions the things Congress does that he doesn’t want done?

  15. So the Democrats are going to pass this legislation with a simple majority because they can’t get 60 votes. Biden does not support it. If he doesn’t sign it and they can’t get 2/3rds in the Senate how exactly does it become law?

    1. If President Biden chooses to neither sign nor veto, a pocket veto could allow the bill to become law.

  16. “Perez says the bill is also expected to have provisions intended to funnel tax revenues back into communities that were ravaged by the drug war. These sort of racial justice provisions, as civil liberties groups call them, have become more and more common in legalization bills, and progressive groups consider them make-or-break for their support.”

    But if the drug laws are truly creating “devastation,” isn’t there immediate repeal something that should be a priority? Why would someone place additional “make or break” conditions on taking action that will put an end to devastation? Makes one wonder what the true motivation of these “progressive” groups truly is.

    1. DING DING DING DING DING

  17. finally a federal effort for the dependent, weak minded, addicted peasantry

  18. The article mentioned several Democrats but I did not see any Republicans. Is there any support at all among Rs for this type of legislation? I know in Wisconsin Gov. Evers has proposed legalization and the Republican have said no way.

    As for President Biden, the question is not whether he is for it, but will he veto a bill if it comes to his desk. I would be willing to bet that me might sign it quietly.

  19. There’s been a shooting in Austin with 3 dead.

    I’m praying it’s that mormon bigot Chuck and his family.

    It’d be great if that mormon coward got what was coming to him.

    If it’s non mormons dead than my thoughts are with them and their families.

    Hopefully it’s Chuck or mormons dead.

    1. Still boring.

      1. I’m not here to excite or entertain you.

        I’m here to let mormons know that if they don’t stop their shit they will be dealt with.

        1. And if they don’t sarc KAR’s going to tell his Mom or something.

          1. Mom’s dead so I can’t tell her.

            Keep thinking I’m sarc or whoever.

            1. I believe sarc’s mom is also dead, and that he also brought it up when someone directed a yo’ mama joke at him. Sarc.

              1. I know my posts aren’t gonna win any nobel prizes in peace or physics(I’m holding out hope economics which is the shit one), but just because I’m not a Trump humping fascist doesn’t mean I’m a sock.

                I don’t care if you think I’m Sarc, Jeff, or Burt Reynolds. I’m sure they don’t wanna be associated with me, but fuck em.

                Have a nice evening butthole!

                I don’t care if peo

                1. “I don’t care if peo”

                  Moron.

                  1. My phone sucks so that’s why there’s so many typos.

                    I know you’ll just say “no you’re stupid.”

                    Have a nice evening dildo!

                    I don’t care if peo
                    (See what I did there?)

                    1. Your phone sucks. You’re hungover. You have a lot of handy excuses for saying ignorant shit. Must come in handy in real life, sarc.

                    2. The Kulak was a boner I deserve ridicule for. Hungover or not that was dumb.

                      The typos don’t matter if I get my point across.

                      Have a nice night dildo.

                    3. Poor sarc thinks it’s clever to call me dildo because I call spbp dildo. Except dildo is part of his name, which is why I call him that. That’s the joke. I’m sorry you don’t get how that works.

        2. I’m here to let progs now that if they don’t stop their shit they will be deposited in landfills.

          Face down.

          1. I don’t think all conservatives are bad. Just the Trump worshipping ones who want to overturn the election.

            YOU LOST! Try not nominating a fascist next time.

            You want to exterminate over half the country! You’re advocating civil war!

            We need to root you bigoted fascists out of our military.

            You inbred, backwards, white trash hick.

            TRAITOR
            Get the fuck out of MY COUNTRY you god damn anti-American fascist!

            TRAITOR

            1. He wasn’t a fascist. Trump has no ideological compass at all. He is a very stupid ship without a rudder. He knows nothing, and believes in even less.

              A real fascist would have used COVID to seize power and rule like a tyrant (you know, like Cuomo, Murphy, Whitmer, Newsome), but instead he abdicated pretty much all authority to the states. That is not what a fascist would do.

              He handled his piece so poorly that it probably did more to cost him the election than anything else. He didn’t do that because he is a fascist, he did that because he is dumber than a box of rocks.

              You are confusing “stupid fuck” with “fascist”. Makes me think you might be a stupid fuck of a different stripe yourself.

              1. Trying to overturn an election you lost is fascist. His supporters are too stupid to realize he lost or don’t care because they’re fascists.

                I think most Covid regulations have been bad.

  20. https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1383837551975272463?s=19

    Santa Rosa, Cal.: A group in black bloc threw a severed pig’s head at a family’s home while they slept & splattered blood all over. Why? Police believe vandals mistakenly thought it was the home of a person who testified for Chavin’s defense. #antifa #BLM [link]

    1. You continue to prove how dumb you’re Nardz by posting stuff from that pussy ass liar Ngo.

      Has anyone ever called you a house n word or uncle Tom?

      I’m curious because Sowell and Walter Williams are called those from time to time.

    2. It’s okay when it’s our lynch mob terrifying witnesses or people we thought were witnesses.

      1. Are you excited the Canucks are back from having Covid?

        Oh yeah you don’t like hockey because you suck.

        What the hell kind of redneck in shithole rural BC doesn’t like hockey?

        A fascist one

        1. Lol, wut?

          1. There’s a hockey team in Vancouver called the Canucks. They didn’t play for a few weeks because half the team got Covid.

            They’re losing the first game they’ve played in weeks to Toronto right now.

            I only brought it up because you must be the lamest guy in Canada. Seeing as you don’t like hockey.

            I guess redneck fascists don’t like hockey

    3. I assume Nardz won’t answer because he gets called an uncle Tom and house n word all the time.

  21. https://twitter.com/TheLaurenChen/status/1383865017070612499?s=19

    This isn’t journalism, this is stalking.

    Delete this, you psychopath.

    [Link]
    “A Utah paramedic donated to the defense fund of Kyle Rittenhouse. It was first reported in the @guardian this morning.
    Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, WI.
    I tried to get the paramedics side of things. See the story tonight at 10p on @abc4utah.”

    1. Why anyone would donate to Rittenhouse is beyond me.

      Gotta support your fellow fascists I guess…

      1. Saint Kyle of Kenosha should be emulated, fascist.

        1. I’m going to wait till the trial before I decide if I think he should be punished.

          Will you at least admit that allowing a 17 year old to go armed to a protest/civil disturbance/riot in another state is a terrible idea.

          Even if he’s not guilty of anything he’s still a terrible person. The people donating money to him and supporting him are shit people to.

          You’re a lying piece of trash mother

        2. I thought you said you don’t advocate violence. So, that was b.s. You are fine and dandy with shooting people long as they are libruls.

          1. Dee doesn’t believe in defending self and property. She’s that kind of “libertarian”.

            1. Do you think it’s a good idea to allow an armed 17 year old to go “protect businesses” at a protest/civil disturbance/riot in another state?

              Bottom line Rittenhouse and his supporters are pieces of shit.

            2. He wouldn’t have needed to “defend himself” if he hadn’t gone looking for a fight.

              Did he ask the car lot owner if he wanted a 17-year-old, illegally carrying a rifle, to defend his property? Was the car lot owner himself even there? Sure, just sounds like a teenage kid making up an excuse to mix it up with libruls.

              1. “Did he ask the car lot owner if he wanted a 17-year-old, illegally carrying a rifle, to defend his property? Was the car lot owner himself even there?”

                Do you have any evidence that he didn’t? Did he need to ask him specifically? If a general cry for help went out, and Kyle felt the need to respond, does that matter to you Dee?

                Did the Bundy’s ask everyone who was there to support them individually? Did they check ID’s to make sure they were all 18 or older?

                Ken’s got you pegged once again. These are all weasel questions that are pointless in a logical debate, because either people have a right to defend property, and themselves if the people there to destroy property attack them, or they don’t.

                And you think they don’t, because not only are you not a libertarian, but you’re to dumb to realize why.

                1. You should stick to “Caw caw”. You suck at debate: “Do you have any evidence that he didn’t?”

                  1. So neither of us have evidence that he was asked to be there or not.

                    You should keep arguing that it’s important because of that. It suits you.

          2. I do if it’s self-defense, snake. And Rittenhouse was definitely acting in self-defense.

            It’s fun how you always swear you’re some big libertarian, but your arguments are always gun-grabbing prog.

            1. Do you think that allowing a 17 year old to go armed to “defend businesses” at a protest/civil disturbance/riot in another state is a terrible idea? Or a good idea?

  22. https://jonathanturley.org/2021/04/18/what-is-the-difference-between-the-wright-and-bobbitt-shootings/

    In Washington, the Justice Department announced that it would not charge the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 riot. The decision in Washington had a number of striking differences. Potter was charged within a few days. It has been months since Babbitt was shot in the Capitol. The identity of the responsible officer has not been made public. Babbitt was an unarmed Air Force veteran without a criminal record. While she was clearly trespassing and at the forefront of a riot, there is no claim that she was threatening any officer or possible person with serious bodily injury or death. Indeed, near her were other officers who could have been hit by the round. (Babbitt was trying to climb through a broken door in the Speaker’s Lobby as police fought back the mob).

    If the officer intended to shoot Babbitt, it would not likely meet the standard for a justified shooting under governing cases like Tennessee v. Garner (1985). If the officer fired blindly or wildly, it would appear to have many of the same negligent elements as the Wright shooting.

    In rejecting charges, the Justice Department statement notably does not say that the shooting was clearly justified. Instead, it noted that “prosecutors would have to prove not only that the officer used force that was constitutionally unreasonable, but that the officer did so ‘willfully.’” It stressed that this element requires a showing of “a bad purpose to disregard the law” and that “evidence that an officer acted out of fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or even poor judgment cannot establish the high level of intent.”

    Of course, “weapons confusion” cases are often caused by an officer’s acting out of “fear, mistake, panic, misperception, negligence, or poor judgment.” Yet, in one case an officer is charged and in the other the officer is cleared.

    1. “… there is no claim that she was threatening any officer or possible person with serious bodily injury or death.”

      Of course there is a claim she was threatening people with injury or death.

      The officer’s job was to guard the Congresspersons, Vice President, staff and guests that were on the other side of the door from Babbitt. Was he supposed to stop and survey her and the mob behind her on their intent, or do his job and guard that door.

      1. Why did only one cop shoot? The others should probably be shitcanned for failing to do what a reasonable person would do.

  23. “provisions intended to funnel tax revenues back into communities that were ravaged by the drug war.”

    Shirley they are adding a few % onto the taxes to funnel revenues back into communities that will be ravaged by the end of the drug war!!
    DEA/police overtime matters!!!!!!!

  24. Best badmashi status for whatsapp and facebook.
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  25. How about that libertarians- the DEMOCRATS are trying to legalize it. Wake the hell up already and realize you don’t have to be fake/embarrassed libertarians who always vote for Republicans.

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