Schumer Will Make a Push to End Marijuana Prohibition With or Without Biden
President Joe Biden is a life-long drug warrior, having advocated for prohibition and strict drug law enforcement throughout his political career.
But the old drug warrior faces a determined legalization movement. For the most part, it has been comprised of individual citizens approving ballot initiatives legalizing recreation and medical marijuana use in their states.
This powerful display of federalism (and not a little state-level nullification) could also be coming to Congress, where Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer says he’s ready to push for legalization nationwide – with or without the president:
“I want to make my arguments to him, as many other advocates will,” Schumer said…“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.“
That Mr. Schumer is embracing the cause of more freedom is to be welcomed. The drug war is America’s longest and most futile “endless war.” It’s destroyed lives, trampled liberties, and wasted hundreds of billions of dollars. Time to end it…with or without Mr. Biden’s help.