‘The Haymaker’ is Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott’s opinion column on cannabis politics and culture.
As we near the three-month mark of his administration, President Biden’s cannabis policy has so far been defined by inaction and unforced errors. Cannabis is so absent that the White House’s official Year One Drug Policy Priorities list—issued on April 1, but not a joke, and yet also a joke—doesn’t even mention the word “cannabis.”
Firing five White House staffers for past cannabis use sent a message: The stigma, scorn, and arrests will continue on Biden’s watch.
What’s going on? Earlier this week, when the San Francisco Chronicle asked Vice President Kamala Harris about legalization, she said, “We haven’t yet taken that…
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