Yes, this cartoon is a bit of a sequel.
In the first cartoon, President Biden is tossing out money bags to areas devastated by hurricanes while Trump is tossing out paper towels. It shows the disparity between the two men. One is a compassionate and thoughtful person who cares about people who are not himself. The other is Donald Trump.
The sequel also shows the disparity between the two men. President Biden has pardoned all federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. Donald Trump wants to pardon the racist MAGAt goons who attempted a violent coup.
The president needs to go further and push for the legalization of marijuana. Currently, the Department of Justice classifies marijuana in a higher schedule than fentanyl. That’s bullshit. From April 2020 to April 2021, over 64,000 Americans died from fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Marijuana doesn’t kill anybody.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a fatal overdose of marijuana is unlikely. An overdose on marijuana is impossible in the traditional sense, says Jason Levine, PhD, a psychologist, and addiction treatment expert. You are more likely to overdose on Taco Bell from the munchies created by using marijuana than overdosing on marijuana. Marijuana shouldn’t be classified as being more dangerous than fentanyl.
For a comparison you can understand: Joe Biden is a pot brownie and Donald Trump is fentanyl wrapped in a crack sandwich garnished with heroin and dog shit.
President Biden has encouraged the nation’s governors to pardon marijuana offenders on the state level. Several Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates are planning to do so. Republican governors, not so much.
President Biden said, “Just as no one should be in a federal prison solely for possessing marijuana, no one should be in a local jail or state prison for that reason, either.”
A spokesgoon for Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Texas is not in the habit of taking criminal justice advice from the leader of the defund police party and someone who has overseen a criminal justice system run amuck with cashless bail and a revolving door for violent criminals.”
In the words of Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus, “Amuck, amuck, amuck, amuck, amuck, amuck.” That makes more sense than what Abbott’s spokesgoon said. “Defund the police party”? Bullshit. The Republican Party is the insurrection party.
Greg Abbott signed a law allowing posses to go after people who provide abortions. If Abbott is ever prosecuted for violating human rights by deporting immigrants to blue states, I hope he remembers his position on pardoning criminals.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said Biden’s move is a “flag of surrender in the fight to save lives from drug abuse.” Smoking marijuana is not “drug abuse.” Many people don’t even believe marijuana is a drug. I’m one of them.
Personally, I don’t like marijuana. That’s my choice. I don’t like being high. It makes me extremely paranoid. Plus, it kills my throat. I’m just not into it. But I don’t care if you do it. So what? I’ve been in too many bands to have an issue with people smoking pot. Smoking marijuana rarely hurts anyone, if ever. Prosecuting and incarcerating people who possess marijuana is a waste of federal money. Beer is more dangerous than marijuana.
And a lot of conservatives are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Republicans need to be careful with this.
Biden and every Democrat need to come out in favor of full legalization. And every Republican should join them. And pardoning people convicted for possessing marijuana is a lot better than pardoning people who attempted a violent coup to install an unelected orange dictator.
Donald Trump has spoken publicly of pardoning his insurrectionists if he’s returned to the White House. We can’t let that happen.
I’ll take the stoners over the racist democracy-hating Russia-loving insurrectionists any day.
That’s it for the blog. I have a plane to catch.
Creative note: This is the last cartoon drawn during my Ohio visit. It was drawn in my hotel room near the airport.
Music note: I listened to some John Fogerty and Creedence.
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