The fact that the Feds classify marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic—along with heroin and LSD—has long been indicative of exactly how idiotic the government’s approach to drugs has been.
And now, one presidential candidate is speculating that Obama will remedy this glaring error before he exits office in January 2017. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is running on the Libertarian ticket, was crystal clear when he spoke to the Washington Times on Tuesday.
“I’m going to predict that Obama, when he leaves office, is going to deschedule marijuana as a Class I narcotic. I wish he would have done that to this point, but I think he’s going to do that going out the door. That’s a positive.”
In further comments, he goes on to say marijuana will eventually face regulations similar to those currently in place for alcohol, including “dry counties,” where local municipalities will have the freedom to ban it from their borders. And while it’s an interesting theory, there are a couple of big problems with it.
First, it’s coming from a candidate who virtually no one outside of New Mexico has heard of, representing a group which has about as much chance of taking the White House as the Flat Earth Society. And perhaps most importantly, Obama has previously stated that the power to reclassify drugs rests with Congress, which is unlikely to cooperate, to put it mildly.
So even if members of his administration—like the attorney general and the secretary of Health and Human Services—were on board, it’s unclear how Johnson thinks Obama could outflank the legislature and get it done.
[ via Washington Times, photo: AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster ]