Yes He Can No He Can’t !

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Then there’s the thought he might have a few other things on his mind like how to deal with planet threatening climate change ! Anyway, here’s the latest in the saga as to whether the White House can  legalize cannabis CRS Report: President Lacks Constitutional Authority to End Cannabis Prohibition by Executive Order Washington, DC: Congressional lawmakers, not the President, possess the authority to declassify cannabis from the US Controlled Substances Act – thereby repealing federal marijuana prohibition, affirms a newly issued report by the Congressional Research Service. The report indicates that the President does not possess unilateral authority to amend drug policies – stating: “The CSA does not provide a direct role for the President in the classification of controlled substances, nor does Article II of the Constitution grant the President power in this area. … Thus, it does not appear that the President could directly deschedule or reschedule marijuana by executive order.” However, the President can engage in various activities that can influence federal marijuana policies and their enforcement – such as directing the Department of Justice “to exercise its discretion not to prosecute some or all marijuana-related offenses.” Last month, Senators Corey Booker and Elizabeth Warren drafted a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland asking him to “initiate the process to decriminalize cannabis.” The Office has not yet provided a response. The President also possesses the discretion to issue mass pardons and/or to provide general amnesty to a class of people, such as those with criminal records for federal marijuana violations. Earlier this year, dozens of members of Congress signed on to a letter calling for the President to “issue a general pardon to all former, federal, non-violent cannabis offenders in the United States.” By contrast, on the explicit issue of changing the status of a controlled substance or the punishment for controlled…

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