Marijuana Industry Gives Obama’s SCOTUS Nominee Cautious Thumbs Up

Judge-Merrick-Garland-e1458158309669WASHINGTON, UU.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Chief Judge Merrick B.Garland is introduced by U.S. President Barack Obama as the nominee for the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House March 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. Merrick currently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and if confirmed by the US Senate, would replace Antonin Scalia who died suddenly last month. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The marijuana industry is giving a cautious thumbs up for Judge Merrick Garland, the jurist President Barack Obama nominated Monday to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence,” Obama told an audience in the White House Rose Garden during the nomination speech.

 Garland is known for his deference to federal agencies. During a 2012 case on the rescheduling of marijuana, Garland sided with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) against medical marijuana advocates arguing for change. “Don’t we have to defer to their judgment?” Garland asked about the DEA. “We’re not scientists. They are.”

Despite siding with the DEA, a clutch of marijuana chief executives told The Daily Caller News Foundation they welcome his nomination because of his humility in the face of scientific evidence.




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