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On Pot Legalization, Biden Offers Only Inaction

The new administration does not appear to be interested in addressing the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland says he does not plan to interfere with state legalization of marijuana. On that score, Joe Biden's administration is indistinguishable from Donald Trump's.

"It does not seem to me a useful use of limited resources that we have to be pursuing prosecutions in states that have legalized and that are regulating the use of marijuana, either medically or otherwise," Garland said during his confirmation hearing in February. That stance is essentially the same as the policy during Barack Obama's administration, when Deputy Attorney General James Cole urged federal prosecutors to deprioritize cases against state-legal marijuana businesses.

Trump's first attorney general, Jeff Sessions, rescinded that 2013 memo in 2018. But no crackdown followed, and Sessions' successor, William Barr, did not even try to instigate one.

"I'm not going to go after companies that have relied on the Cole memorandum," Barr said in 2019. "My approach to this would be not to upset settled expectations and the reliance interests that have arisen as a result of the Cole memorandum. Investments have been made, so there [has] been reliance on it. I don't think it's appropriate to upset those interests."

Barr also said the conflict between state and federal marijuana laws, which exposes state-licensed cannabis suppliers to the risk of federal prosecution and forfeiture while complicating their business in numerous ways, is "untenable." And while Barr made it clear that he was no fan of legalization, he said Congress should change federal law if it wants the states to be free to set their own marijuana policies.

Biden has not endorsed any such change, despite his promise to "leave decisions regarding legalization for recreational use up to the states." Instead, the president favors modest reforms such as tweaking marijuana's classification under the Controlled Substances Act and decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession, which represents a tiny share of federal drug cases.

Reformers hoped that Vice President Kamala Harris, who as a senator supported repealing the federal ban on marijuana, might nudge Biden to be more ambitious. But if anything, the influence seems to be flowing in the opposite direction.

As Biden's running mate, Harris said "we will decriminalize the use of marijuana and automatically expunge all marijuana use convictions." In March, Bloomberg, citing an unnamed Harris aide, reported that "Harris's positions are now the same as Biden's."

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  1. In March, Bloomberg, citing an unnamed Harris aide, reported that “Harris’s positions are now the same as Biden’s.”

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    2. More like, eating jello from a tray while watching Wheel of Fortune.

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  2. Whatever.

    When I voted for Joe Biden, drug legalization wasn’t my top priority. I mainly wanted someone who would reverse the draconian anti-billionaire policies of the Drumpf years. Specifically the immigration restrictions that prevented employers like Reason.com’s benefactor Charles Koch from hiring cost-effective foreign-born labor.

    And since billionaires are doing extremely well under Biden, I have no major complaints.

    #InDefenseOfBillionaires
    #ImmigrationAboveAll

  3. I think you’re barking up the wrong tree here. Biden will sign whatever the hell passes out of Congress. The real question is whether the Republicans will filibuster the House bill.

    1. I agreed if a bill gets past President Biden will sign it. I do hope the bill gets to the Senate as I like to see the justification of a filibuster of this bill.

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    2. Biden’s not signing a pot bill.

      I agree that in most things he’ll sign whatever’s put in front of him – but he’s an ardent drug warrior and that’s one position he didn’t step back from even while campaigning.

      1. Just have it bundled with something else with the appropriate title. Pudding Cup’s not actually reading anything he’s signed.

        1. I wonder if the bundle would require more than $1.5 trillion dollars of new spending. Seems like most things do these days.

          1. Maybe they could bundle in free weed so I can smoke as much as I need to deals with all the bullshit?

      2. I think it depends on public pressure. Biden will probably only sign it If he’s very sure there won’t be a lot of republican push back. Biden won’t sign an unpopular bill that might end up hurting democrats chances in the elections

    3. Hahahahahahaha

    4. “Biden will sign whatever the hell passes out of Congress.”

      …in which case he’s no better than Trump, who was willing to sign the STATES Act.

      At the same time Biden is a gun prohibitionist, a sex prohibitionist, a carefree regulator and an even worse spendthrift than Trump. He’s kept most of Trumps tariffs, too, and he’s unlikely to significantly increase immigration because that would raise the cost of Democratic social programs.

    5. Yep. Hes A Sock Puppet.

      He reminds me of Jim Gill in Star Trek..

      Dazed and confused.

  4. The reality is that any administration is violating federal law by not removing the devil weed from schedule one. It has proven medical use, which makes it illegal for it to be schedule one.
    Keep impeaching presidents until we get one who honors the oath and follows the law.

    1. It doesn’t make it illegal to be on schedule one.

    2. What is legal or illegal is decided by the FDA. That’s how the administrative state works.

  5. I’m getting tired of the Bushobamatrumpbiden administration.

    1. Most of us are pretty happy with it. Government not working well, but at least working.

      1. And no more mean tweets!

        1. Plus as a bonus competence, something missing in the last few years.

          1. >government not working well
            >government finally competent
            what did he mean by this?

            1. M4E is what they call a low IQ voter.

          2. You just said they weren’t working well.

            So there’s not even that competence.

          3. Hahahahahahahaha

          4. You’re obviously insane if you consider the performance of this administration to be “competent”.

      2. govt working poorly which isn’t a good thing. Worse, a lot of this was predictable.

      3. So you *want* a bunch of flailing around?

        Like you’re ok with random shitty things being done as long as something’s being done? Even if the something is horrible?

        It’s why I just can’t understand you people. Your mindset is utterly alien to me.

        1. That’s the main reason they thought Trump mishandled the pandemic, while thinking Cuomo and Whitmer handled it greatly: they don’t care about results, only that something is done.

          1. And the only “something” the want “done” is for Democrat politicians to proclaim that they’re infallible, and everyone who disagrees is Lidderally Hitlerz

      4. You do realize theyre spending money faster than George floyd spent counterfeit 20s right?

        And that bidens energy policies are already fucking the economy and increasing the cost of literally everything (because we ship everything with gasoline) right?

        And that Biden has more kids in cages than trump right?

        And that Biden has kept our troops in Afghanistan longer than trump had planned right?

      5. Yep competence.
        *looks at Nordstream 2, Middle East, probable ongoing Ethiopian genocide, incoming ATF leader whose definition of assault weapons would ban all guns*
        Lots and lots of competence.

  6. So much for taking care that the law be faithfully executed. Just pretend the law doesn’t exist. And then wonder why people are skeptical about the rule of law. And that’s just Biden’s immigration policy.

  7. Trump screwed the pooch by not delisting pot when he had the chance. If nothing else, to see how Biden would have reacted when he took office.

    1. The most fun in that scenario would be the Trump hating but pot loving heads exploding.

  8. The Biden Administration will not lead on the issue of marijuana, but I believe they will go along with change. We need leaders in Congress to push the bill through. I think you can count on President Biden’s signature if it passes. Especially if it were to pass with a bipartisan majority.

    1. Isn’t the president supposed to be the leader?

      1. Quite frankly, I think reliance on a national “leader” is the what makes a mess of this nation.

        1. Well the absence of leadership certainly made a mess of the pandemic before January 20, 2021.

          1. Yes, the total absence of leadership got the FDA out of the way and got you a vaccine in record time.

            Rather than on the 10 years of clinical trials the FDA wanted.

          2. “Well the absence of leadership certainly made a mess of the pandemic before January 20, 2021.”

            Whose leadership? The FDA’s? The 50 governors? The CDC’s total mess of developing a test?

            The only leadership which made any sense at all was Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” and, arguably, even that would have been done by the private sector just as quickly – I mean, what corporation wouldn’t jump at the chance to get a piece of a 8,000,000,000-customer “pie.”

            Let’s not forget: literally thousands of scientists, all over the world, many funded by NGOs, had been working on possible vaccines for coronaviruses for decades. The government can have a significant, and positive, role in this, but it’s much more effective when “leading from behind,” as in funding relevant research.

            1. Just want to point out that Pfizer was not part of Warp Speed.

              1. Yep. I forgot about that, and somewhere in my brain I knew that. Thank you for reminding me.

              2. Actually, we both stand corrected, it was Phizer which was not part of Warp Speed. But thanks anyway for aiding my memory.

                1. Damn I need to drink more coffee before I post!!!

          3. I see you started getting high super early today.

          4. The absence of leadership certainly made a mess of this countries intelligence community and elections when they were carrying out political hit jobs for commandant Obama, based on a fabricated dossier that comey leaked to the nyt so the intelligence community could say “look the nyt reported on it, IT MUZT BE TREWWW” kinda like Garfield and television.

          5. Aw, Commie4Ever is just bitter that the Democrat prophecies that a vaccine would never, ever be found ended up bring just as much of a damn lie as literally everything else they say.

      2. Isn’t the president supposed to be the leader?

        In Nazi Germany perhaps, not in the US. In the US, the president is supposed to run a tiny federal government, mostly concerned with national defense and trade. He isn’t supposed to “lead” the country or much of anything else.

        1. ++++

      3. Fuck no. We don’t need a national leader. President is head of government and head of state. That should have almost nothing to do with anyone’s daily life.

    2. Can’t tell if retarded or parody.

    3. Biden will reverse his position on marijuana when the political cost of resisting legalization outweighs his inherent totalitarian inclinations.

      -jcr

  9. Maybe if weed was lumped under ‘infrastructure,’ Joe would pay more attention to it.

  10. For Bidden to act on federal pot legalization, he first must decide that doing so advances other D priorities:

    Union membership and power
    Blue state and county voting
    Minority status (except those pesky Asians)(sometimes)
    Trains

    1. And trannies.

    2. Plus 1 trillion dollars to implement weed legalization.

  11. who cares…only the weak minded addicted peasantry who think they are free, lol…but the state has learned to control them with drugs

    1. Years ago The Economist gloated about about a future where all work would be automated and the former working class would be kept distracted with pot and video games.

  12. Plus 1 trillion dollars to implement weed legalization.

    1. Bata Bing!!!

      Everythings a ruse to spend debt!

      Hell want 10 Billion to do cost cutting…

  13. Biden is very inteligent President in usa

    1. Thanks yOu prEsidEnt xi. BTW whAt are your prefered pronouns?

      1. She/Her. Though she prefers to spell it “Xi/Xer”.

        1. Careful. Using “Xi” might offend China.

          1. How about ” F… China”?

            Better?

    2. I see the “ESL class” is in Computer Lab today…

  14. So, back to the status quo ante then Sullum. Isn’t this what you wanted? “Wrong, but within normal parameters”?

  15. Joe is an old neocon. Despite all his progressive aphorisms (which are written for him by others) Joe is stuck in the 1980s. If he makes it through his first term he won’t run for re-election. Either way, Kamala will get primaried and will likely be out of a job. Oh the drama.

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  17. lol@Barr’s “Investments have been made”… straight up admitting now that rich people’s money is on the line, the apple cart can’t be upset.

  18. And that bidens energy policies are already fucking the economy and increasing the cost of literally everything (because we ship everything with gasoline) right?

    And that Biden has more kids in cages than trump right? https://wapexclusive.com ,And that Biden has kept our troops in Afghanistan longer than trump had planned right?

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  19. Weed legalization is not going to happen without addressing issues regarding operating a motor vehicle aircraft etc. while impaired by a narcotic drug.

    1. Why? Everyone who wants to is already doing that. Something being illegal doesn’t mean it goes away.

    2. Stupud comment.

      Clearly youve not ridden with a pot smoker.

      They are hyper aware..paranoid

      Its drunks who are the problem

  20. “On that score, Joe Biden’s administration is indistinguishable from Donald Trump’s.”

    Uhh…hhh.hhhhe said ” score…”

    Sleepy Joes following in President Trumps wake bc its successful. Trump did it for us, bidens just Minnie the Moocher doing it to score points for himself and Whore-Zilla.

    The Dems wont legalize when someone reminds them that ” do you use MJ” is the first question on the Feds NICS form.

    That would throw a roadblock up in their treasonous anti gun efforts

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  23. TL;DR Hackjob Sullum is still dumb enough to believe whatever Democrats tell him to.

  24. The only leadership which made any sense at all was Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed,” and, arguably, even that would have been done by the private sector just as quickly – I mean, what corporation wouldn’t jump at the chance to get a piece of a 8,000,000,000-customer “pie.”

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