Well worth a read as it succinctly highlights what CLR has noticed over the past 8-12 weeks.
Now he’s in the Whitehouse, the progressives have been placated for a while, and the pandemic is his main priority cannabis has, unsurprisingly, quietly been put on the back burner.
The question is .. has he just got more important priorities eg Pandemic, infrastruture, employment & China. The answer to that is yes.
But the underlying question is.. did he pander to certain elements in his campaign to get them onside and now will he leave them in the cold if hard decisions need to be made on cannabis and the wider issue of drugs in American society.
Here’s the introduction to the piece
WASHINGTON, DC — There’s bipartisan agreement on at least one thing in Washington: No one knows where President Joe Biden stands on federal marijuana policy, let alone where he’s at on broader drug policy.
The silence from Biden’s cabinet secretaries, advisors and nominees isn’t because the issue hasn’t come up.
“I honestly don’t know what President Biden’s stance is on cannabis, currently,” newly minted and history making Interior Secretary Deb Haaland testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Feb. 24.
But just last week — two weeks after she delivered her above remark to Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming who pressed her on it during her confirmation hearings — we asked the then-congresswoman from New Mexico if she had gotten an answer.
“I haven’t. No,” Haaland told The News Station on the steps of the Capitol.
“You still have questions?” we asked.
“You know, honestly, that’s not what I’m focused on at the moment,” Haaland said as she was ascending the Capitol steps to cast one of her final votes in this Congress.
That’s the growing fear in some circles: The administration isn’t focused on ending the prohibition of marijuana — a key part of the Democratic Party’s promise to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system — let alone the party’s movement towards ending the broader ‘war on drugs.’
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