Obama's Supreme Court Pick: What Is Merrick Garland Like on Drugs?

Mar 17 2016

Obama’s Supreme Court Pick: What Is Merrick Garland Like on Drugs?

In yet another example of the robust state of America’s democracy, Republicans have vowed to block any nominee to the Supreme Court until after the election, in the hopes that the appointee is picked by a Republican instead of President Obama.

In a move likely designed to appease Republicans and/or expose their obstructionism, Obama has chosen appeals court judge Merrick Garland, a political centrist who’s received praise from members of both parties. So chances are that he isn’t a raging progressive on drug policy.

There’s not a whole lot to go on in his record, but in 2012 Garland helped block efforts to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 substance. During the hearing, an advocate argued that the Drug Enforcement Administration failed to acknowledge the health benefits of marijuana—that they were ignoring recent medical literature, since that was the only way to still believe that marijuana is as dangerous as other Schedule 1 drugs, like heroin and PCP.

“Don’t we have to defer to their judgment on what the medical studies show?” asked Garland, according to The Los Angeles Times. “We’re not scientists. They are.”

Unwarranted respect for the DEA’s grasp on science does not bode well. However, a group of marijuana businessmen wrote a letter pointing out that the fact the judge even brought up science demonstrates some commitment to evidence-based policy.

Also, Vox has a good run-down comparing Garland’s criminal justice record to Judge Antonin Scalia’s. The verdict: moderate-to-conservative, far more likely to side with the government than defendants, although Merrick fortunately seems to have less enthusiasm for executing people than Scalia.

  • Matt Butler

    His name is Merrick Garland, not Garland Merrick.

  • exomike

    Yes, the Great Capitulation is Capitulating again. He even pre-capitulated on universal health care. He was an establishment shill from the get go and basically institutionalized all of Dubya’s attacks on the constitution. Now he’s still pretending to appease Republicans when in actuality is one.

    We needed an angry black man and we got a slick white devil.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Now he’s still pretending to appease Republicans when in actuality is one.
      Lmao! Now I get it. You’re a left wing moron.

      • exomike

        SSgt Reynolds,
        Even though you “rose” to the level of SSgt in 10.5 years it is very obvious that your MOS was not 02, Intelligence. Otherwise you would not have your jar like head firmly implanted up the derriere of the common miss-directive meme of the left/right dichotomy.

        Also, you are obviously not officer material or you wouldn’t have started you misdirected illogical response with ridicule, I.E. “Lamo”…, and, no you don’t get it. If I am indeed a moron I am a wingless moron. So you can’t even get your logical fallacies, I.E. your Ad Hominem attacks right.

        As far as responding to my post, you have not. Your simplistic attack has zero semantic value in a real discussion and only serves to degrade the Corps. The world of Realpolitik from which 02 operates, has no left or right, it is a system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations.

        Obama is a shill for the establishment, the people who really rule. The Right, (Redubs) and the less right, (Deems) (there is no effective left in the USA) are in realpolitik are just one party and a lot like the WWE. George Wallace once said, “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the Republican and the Democratic parties.” They shot him three days later. Now that’s realpolitik!

        • exomike

          I like the left wing fascist govt part. It’s seldom that one gets the crown jewel of political oxymorons thrown at you. I have considered the possibility that you might be a paid disruption troll but you seem to be pretty much a one trick pony with little but vitriol to offer. If you are like this in real life I’d bust you out of my outfit before the men had a chance of frag you. I’m finished, you win. No more responses.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            It’s seldom that one gets the completely political retard yammering that this govt has anything to do with being left wing, but you seem to be a no-trick pony with little but imbecility to offer. In real life, I’m imaging your some idiotic little drum circle jerker whining and in denial about the govt his ideology built and is way too much of a coward to ever actually be in the military, so there’s always that.

          • exomike

            Sniper, Nam. 29 confirmed. Got the ears to prove it.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Mmmm, if you say so. AC-130? In the Marine Corps? So, ol Carlos Hathcock wannabe is militarily retarded too?

          • exomike

            You must have been out for a while and not paying attention. Fortunately, I get paid to pay attention. My war was almost 50 years ago and all snipers are still Hathcock wannabees,.

            Here play some catch up: https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome-psyapi2&rlz=1C1BLWB_en&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8&q=Marines%20AC-130&oq=Marines%20AC-130&aqs=chrome..69i57.14976j0j7

            And have the last snipe, on me.

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            You must have been out for a while and not paying attention
            Said the dolt that just told a Marine to get back under an AC130.

          • exomike

            Did you follow the link?

          • Malcolm Reynolds

            Nah, you really have nothing to show me I’m interested in. I’m just in it to mock you for being a moron.