“Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), a U.S. Senate candidate, is calling on President Joe Biden to make good on marijuana reform campaign promises—and he plans to raise the issue with him personally next week at a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh, though he hopes to see immediate presidential action to enact a policy change before then.”
President Joe Biden’s move to forgive between $10,000 and $20,000 of student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 a year elicited howls of criticism from all Republicans, most economists and even some Democrats. It wasn’t the grand slam home run that he was expecting, it turns out even Democrats don’t like the president playing Santa Claus with their money in the middle of raging inflation and a recession.
If Biden wants to get back into good graces with his base, he would be well-advised to listen to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and take steps to legalize marijuana on a federal level.
Although the President cannot directly remove marijuana from control under federal controlled substances law, he can order executive agencies to consider either altering the scheduling of marijuana or changing their enforcement approach.
If the 79-year-old Biden wants to look less like a “get off my lawn” grouchy old man, and more like the 89-year-old “got some grass?” affable Willy Nelson he needs to get with the legalize weed program.
If Biden makes a serious effort to legalize cannabis, I might overlook the fact that he’s too damn old to be president, and vote for his reelection.