President Joe Biden made the announcement on Thursday that he is going to be issuing an executive order that will pardon all individuals who were convicted on simple marijuana possession under the federal law. This will be the most extensive White House action to ever be taken to date in the United States concerning drug policy.
According to Fox 9, Biden provided additional details about the pardon on social media where he explained a plan that will also call for a review of current federal laws concerning marijuana.
As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.
Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 6, 2022
“As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana. Today, I’m taking steps to end our failed approach. Allow me to lay them out,” Biden said in his post.
The president then called on governors to issue similar pardons for individuals who have been convicted of marijuana offenses at the state level, which would be the vast majority of marijuana possession cases.
President Biden, in his statement, went on to say that the action he’s taking is reflective of his position that “no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana.” There are a lot of medical personnel and law enforcement officials who would differ with Biden’s take on the subject of marijuana.
For example, there are many folks who get started down a path of self-destruction through marijuana, which often leads them to harder and harder substances. Now, that is not to say that there aren’t some individuals who can and do stay away from harder drugs, but can we really take that risk?
“There are thousands of people who have prior Federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result,” President Biden went on to say. “My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions.”
The report also revealed that President Biden is now directing the secretary of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. attorney general to look at how marijuana is scheduled under current federal law.
There are a wide variety of views on this topic, on both the left and the right, each seemingly with their own pros and cons. Libertarians believe that as long as what you are doing doesn’t result in hurting someone else or taking their property, do whatever you want, including drugs and illegal substances.
Others of a more conservative bent tend to feel that these substances end up leading to problems for society as a whole and thus they should remain illegal and those who participate in the selling of marijuana should suffer dire consequences for their actions.
The one thing that’s for sure is this is a divisive topic within each political party. It’s obvious that Biden is using this as a means of giving the Democratic Party a much needed boost before the midterms next month. And let’s face it, the left needs every boost possible due to the spectacular failure that has been the Biden administration.
Will this step in U.S. drug policy help give them the push they need to defeat the GOP in November? Probably not.