Joe Biden, a president who owes his office to the deal he made with the radical leftists of the American political world, has truly disappointed the progressive posse in recent weeks, as his presidential policies continue to err on the side of centrist compromise.
In fact, there is one issue in which Biden is positively archaic: Pot.
Not only has Joe Biden railed against the idea of marijuana legalization, (which is an extremely popular political possibility on both sides of the aisle), but the Commander in Chief has even gone so far as to force a number of White House staffers to resign over their past use of the plant.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer isn’t going to let Biden’s reluctance stop him, however.
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Schumer has been making waves on cannabis policy since he first introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in April 2018. It was part of his pitch for voting Democrat in the 2020 election, and now — with the majority in hand — he is putting together new federal marijuana reform legislation with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).
He’ll have his work cut out for him.
President Joe Biden has been a conspicuous outlier among Democrats when it comes to supporting marijuana legalization. But Schumer said Biden’s reticence won’t deter the Senate from taking aggressive action to loosen federal restrictions.
“I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will,” Schumer said in an interview with POLITICO this week. “But at some point we’re going to move forward, period.“
Schumer pointed to the decade-long experiment with state legalization as evidence that the worst fears of what would happen were overblown. “The legalization of states worked out remarkably well,“ he said. “They were a great success. The parade of horribles never came about, and people got more freedom.“
New York State became the latest state to legalize recreational use of the drug, bringing the grand total of Americans who live in areas with some form of decriminalized marijuana to 40%.
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