Linkedin Share
Politics

Dark Brandon Drops October Surprise, Pardoning Pot Users

Linkedin Share

The closer we get to any election, the more often we’ll find our politicians flip-flopping hard on any particular issue, depending on which way the popular winds are blowing.

For President Joe Biden, that hard 180 comes in the form of a massive shift on marijuana policy and literally thousands of pardons to go along with it.

President Joe Biden on Thursday granted a pardon to all people convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law, in what amounts to the most extensive White House action taken to date on U.S. drug policy.

The president also urged governors to take similar action for state offenses of civil possession of marijuana. In addition, he called on the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to “expeditiously” review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. Currently, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I narcotic, meaning it’s deemed to have no medical use and a high potential for abuse. Heroin and LSD are other Schedule I drugs.

Biden’s verbiage echoed that of far-left progressives and libertarians alike; two political groups that had

Trending:
Massive Migrant Caravan Marches Toward US with LGBT Flags Flying as Mexican President Snubs Biden at Summit

“Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit,” Biden said in a statement. “Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.”

Biden would go on to command a number of federal institutions to expeditiously review the scheduling of cannabis in the legal system, which is not only a rather significant shift toward decriminalization on a large scale, but also an obvious electoral Hail Mary give that Biden was the only 2020 Democratic candidate that didn’t support decriminalization on the campaign trail.

Submit a Correction →



Linkedin Share
About the Author:
As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




Conversation