Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was praised on Twitter for his comments on Monday saying that the federal government’s “conflicting” marijuana laws “may no longer be necessary.”
Thomas made his comment in a dissenting opinion that he wrote against the court’s decision not to hear a marijuana case. The case concerned a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado that believed the federal government wrongly denied it federal tax breaks Companies in other industries were granted.
“The current approach of the federal government is a half, half-out regime that at the same time tolerates and forbids the local use of marijuana,” wrote Thomas. “This contradicting and unstable state of affairs weighs down the basic principles of federalism and hides traps for the unwary.”
“A ban on domestic use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or appropriate to the federal government’s piecemeal approach,” he concluded.
“Clarence Thomas” was trending on Twitter Monday night, and thousands of users agreed with his comments.
History professor Liam O’Mara wrote: “The federal ban on #cannabis never made sense and has led to #mass incarceration and even excessive logging and plastic use, but at least the tide is turning. It seems that even the arch-conservative Clarence Thomas is ready to “rethink the prohibition laws.”
Former Portsmouth, New Hampshire Mayor Steve Marchand wrote: “If Clarence Thomas turns left on cannabis legalization, you will need to reassess your position. If @NHDems want to show that @GovChrisSununu is not mainstream, that’s a real part of the message. ”
Marchand’s embassy marked his state’s Democratic Party and its Republican governor.
Twitter user @ Jeffreyaasen5 wrote, “Apparently we now have Clarence Thomas on our side, if he can help legalize it federally I’ll take it. #LegalizeMarijuana #LegalizeCannabis ”.
Twitter user @away__kit wrote: “Joe Biden is on the right of Clarence Thomas”.
Danya Henninger, editor at WHYY radio, wrote: “Didn’t know Clarence Thomas was the legalization judge.”
Nick Gillespie, Podcaster and Editor-in-Chief of Libertarian Magazine Reason, wrote: “Clarence Thomas gets right on grass. Better late than never.”
Twitter user @AdamG_MB wrote: “Justice Clarence Thomas…. Welcome to the resistance. “