October 13, 2022

Marijuana Pardons

"President Joe Biden took steps to overhaul U.S. policy on marijuana [last] Thursday by pardoning thousands of people with federal offenses for simple marijuana possession and initiating a review of how the drug is classified… Nearly 40 U.S. states have legalized marijuana use in some form, but it remains completely illegal in some states and at the federal level. Reclassification would be a first step toward wider legalization.” Reuters

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From the Left

The left supports the pardons, and argues that marijuana should be decriminalized.

From the Right

The right is skeptical of the pardons, and emphasizes the harmful effects of marijuana.

The right is skeptical of the pardons, and emphasizes the harmful effects of marijuana.

A libertarian's take

“Fifty years ago, when less than 20 percent of Americans thought pot should be legal, the Nixon-appointed Shafer Commission recommended that ‘possession of marihuana for personal use no longer be an offense.’ President Jimmy Carter endorsed decriminalization in 1977, when he told Congress that ‘penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself.’…

Half a century later, Biden has finally come around to that position. ‘Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives—for conduct that is legal in many states,’ he said on Twitter last week. The same thing is true of sending people to jail for growing or selling marijuana, of course, although that is a point Biden refuses to acknowledge. The moral logic of his distinction between simple possession and other marijuana offenses is hard to follow.”
Jacob Sullum, Reason

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