Merrick Garland might put cannabis regulations in the hands of the federal agency
Judge Merrick Garland has been nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to be the next US Attorney General, which is one of the highest and most powerful positions in the government, whose office is located practically right next door to the Oval Office. There is a rumor going around that Garland seems to think that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would be the correct organization to be “deferred to when it comes to the science and classification of marijuana.”
Perhaps if you changed the name to the Drug Enlightenment Administration and fire everyone that has worked that any longer than about six weeks that would work. But the DEA is not on our side and they never will be. They have spent too many years fighting marijuana to be suddenly put in charge of it.
It has taken the DEA years and years to even authorize another government controlled cannabis cultivation facilities to grow cannabis for scientific research, and they still have not gotten it done. If the DEA gets put in charge of rescheduling marijuana, we might as well go back to our Martinis after work and just forget about legal marijuana.
Biden is also reportedly appointing two civil rights activists who embrace cannabis legalization to serve in top posts in the newly framed Justice Department under Judge Garland. He was nominated by former President Barrack Obama to the US Supreme Court; however, the nomination was blocked by Republicans in Congress who, in those days, were blocking almost everything that the Obama administration was trying to get done.