President Biden’s decision to pardon all prior federal charges for simple marijuana possession is described by author Alex Berenson as “pure theater” and “meaningless” in the overall scheme of things.
According to senior sources, the White House decision, which is considered as a step toward decriminalizing the drug, applies to people found guilty of simple possession of marijuana, including those in the District of Columbia. People who have read Berenson’s 2019 book “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence,” which makes the connection between marijuana usage and mental illness, may be shocked to learn that he is not upset about Biden’s choice.
“For a few reasons, I don’t have a big issue with this. For example, I don’t believe that anyone should go to jail for possessing marijuana. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t necessarily imprison individuals for growing or trafficking, but I believe there is a very strong consensus that you shouldn’t be locked up for possession “Telling Fox News Digital, Berenson.
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But more crucially, Berenson continued, “This is just pure theater; it has no real purpose. For those of us who don’t support full national legalization, it’s actually good theater.
Despite the fact that Biden has not pushed for national legalization as many on the left had anticipated, Berenson remarked that the administration felt compelled to offer the pro-legalization movement a concession.
He appears to have strong personal sentiments about this, according to Berenson. He has virtually stated that he will not permit legalization, and in my opinion, this is a sop to members of his administration who wanted to look good before the midterm elections.
According to Biden, the pardons will assist those with straightforward marijuana possession convictions in overcoming barriers to employment or housing rental. Berenson, though, believes that’s just another talking point used to placate Democrats who support marijuana legalization.
No one is now incarcerated in a federal facility for merely possessing marijuana, according to Berenson. “I believe that this is about the least he could do.”
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In fact, according to White House representatives quoted in The New York Times, “no one is now serving time in a federal jail for marijuana possession alone.”
By the way, “Biden” didn’t extend it to human trafficking; he didn’t take any action that would have resulted in a sizable number of prisoners being released, according to Berenson. Insofar as he is deciding on a course of action, I don’t necessarily disagree with him because it is just theatrical.
Along with the pardons, Biden asked governors to follow suit with regard to state marijuana charges and gave Xavier Becerra, the secretary of health and human services, and Merrick Garland, the attorney general, instructions to start evaluating marijuana’s classification under federal drug laws.
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For years, Berenson has been an ardent opponent of marijuana, and in “Tell Your Children,” he outlined the reasons why he thinks that support for the drug is based on falsehoods. Additionally, he believes that because marijuana is frequently associated with medicine, it has been “allowed in the worst possible way” in the places where it has already been legalized.
He declared, “It’s an intoxicant that people take to get high.” “We made it lawful on fictitious pretenses. We misrepresented its dangers, and since we legalized it, there has been a significant increase in crime on a nationwide level. However, one of the promises of legalization was that it would free up police to concentrate on major crimes, which would lead to a decrease in crime. Unfortunately, this has not been the case in the United States.”
Because of this, Berenson claimed that legalizing marijuana has “been a horrible experience already” and that Biden’s efforts to win over liberals who support the drug won’t be helpful.
He declared, “It’s only going worse.”
This report was provided to by Fox News’ Louis Casiano.