Merrick Garland presents a conservative case for the federal authorities’s decriminalization of marijuana

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

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However, in his Senate affirmation hearing, Judge Merrick Garland, who was officially sworn in as attorney general on March 11, also noted that encroaching on state marijuana laws “is not a useful use of limited resources.”

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It is amazing that even today we still arrest half a million Americans annually for simple marijuana possession. That is more than all violent crimes combined. Is that the best to use from finite resources of the criminal justice system? Is that a conservative value?

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It creates great opportunities for transplant and corruption, and also undermines respect for the law in general. Historically, the “state rights” case has only been used to curtail the rights of minorities, especially African Americans, but the medical marijuana movement and the marijuana reform movement in general have been predominantly white until recently. “White privilege” only goes so far.

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Under Trump’s attorneys general, Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr, the Justice Department appeared to be intent on harassing the various businesses that were legally operated under state law. Barr is said to have ordered DoJ Attorneys to prosecute antitrust enforcement against marijuana company mergers. Antitrust laws are intended to protect the consumer, which is not exactly to be expected in this context.

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Meanwhile, the two main forces driving federal reform are still racial and racial the states‘Pursue much-needed tax revenue. Both have powerful constituencies. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) knows that New York, and New York City in particular, is in dire need of new tax revenues and lots of new jobs. He has promised that the federal government will get out of the way. And, of course, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi is from California.

Ironically, if Conservatives showed more support for legalization, based on the support of limited government, could prevent high state sales taxes and overly complex regulations and help end the black market that supposedly everyone wants.

The conservative movement is heavily divided between pro-Trump and anti-Trump factions. If Republicans hope to win majorities in the House and / or Senate, they must stop and see where the majority of Americans are: opampering in favor of legalization.

Richard Cowan is a former NORML National Director and author of What Are The Benefits Of CBD Massage?

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