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Merrick Garland offers conservative argument for federal decriminalization of marijuana

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If Republicans hope to win majorities in the House and/or Senate, they need to realize that the majority of American voters are overwhelmingly in favor of legalization.

There are a number of reasons for legalizing marijuana, but in the current American debate, the most prominent argument is based on the fact that African Americans are disproportionately impacted by law enforcement. That is entirely understandable in the era of Black Lives Matter.

However, in his Senate confirmation hearing, Judge Merrick Garland, who was officially sworn in as Attorney General on March 11, also pointed out that interfering with state marijuana laws is “not a useful use of limited resources.”

It is astonishing that even today we are still arresting half a million Americans annually for simple possession of marijuana. That is more than for all violent crimes combined. Is that the best use of finite criminal justice resources? Is that a Conservative value?

It creates major opportunities for graft and corruption and also undermines the respect for the law generally. Historically, the arguments for “states’ rights” have just been used to limit the rights of minorities, especially African Americans, but the medical marijuana movement and the marijuana reform movement generally have been overwhelmingly white, until very recently. “White privilege” only goes so far.

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March 15, 2021

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