Forgiving Marijuana Possession Charges Doesn't Mask Democrat's Overt Authoritarianism

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On Thursday, President Joe Biden sent out a series of tweets indicating that he’s pardoning anyone with marijuana possession charges. It’s a move that is more or less agreed upon by both parties.


“I’m pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession,” Biden announced from the POTUS Twitter account. “There are thousands of people who were previously convicted of simple possession who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My pardon will remove this burden.”

(READ: President Biden Announces Pardons of Thousands for ‘Simple Possession’ of Marijuana)

Personally, I’m thrilled that people who don’t deserve to be filling up prisons, using up taxpayer dollars, and having their entire lives ruined over something as silly as having marijuana on them will see their legal troubles dropped. While I draw the line at giving the drug to children, I personally see no reason why marijuana should be as illegal as it is.

While I’m glad this is happening, I’m not going to applaud Democrats for doing something that they could have done all this time but are only now doing because they need every ounce of help they can get in November.

It’s important to remember that this is a desperate move that, like the forgiving of student loan debt, is a stunt meant to effectively make people think they’re the party just trying to make people’s lives better. If Democrats weren’t in such a perilous position, you can bet this wouldn’t be happening.


The point is that if you think this is a sign that Democrats are the party that does the right thing for the people and will continue this pattern, then you’re sorely mistaken. Keep in mind that this is the same party that kept their states in an economy-destroying lockdown for far longer than they needed to be. This is the same party that cost countless jobs from hospitals to airlines because of vaccination mandates over a virus that was clearly not worth the trouble.

This is the same party that spends an inordinate amount of time attempting to find ways to curtail your rights be it speech online or the right to defend oneself with a firearm. This is the party that abuses its power in order to weaken or destroy its political enemies.

This is the same party that just infused the IRS with billions of dollars and thousands of new enforcement officers.

Lifting marijuana possession charges is good, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s absolutely nothing. The American people would be wise to not be fooled by this move. Democrats didn’t do this for the right reasons.


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