Thank You, Mr. President, for Lengthening My Leash• https://www.fff.org, by Jacob G. Hornberger
Never mind that there was no one incarcerated in a federal penitentiary for simple possession of marijuana. Never mind that Biden's pardon didn't extend to people serving time in the federal pen for possession with intent to distribute. Never mind that it didn't extend to people who were incarcerated for distributing marijuana to people who wanted it. Never mind that his pardon didn't extend to people serving time for possessing or distributing other drugs.
And never mind that his former boss, President Barack Obama, did the same thing when he was president back in 2016, after which the drug war continued, just as it is continuing after Biden's pardon. All that mattered was that Biden had lengthened the federal leash a bit on American serfs — the leash that came with the war on drugs when it was launched decades ago.
Let's get something very clear: A genuinely free society is one in which people are free to ingest whatever they want. It doesn't matter how dangerous it is or how harmful it is. No government, including the U.S. government and the state governments, has the legitimate authority to punish anyone for ingesting what public officials consider should not be ingested.
It's the same with distribution. People have the right to give away or sell whatever they want to whomever they want, regardless of whether it is cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, tobacco, alcohol, or whatever. No government has the legitimate authority to control, regulate, or punish such transactions.