Fresh Toast reports…
But, well, there is Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. This guy is being called the “new Mitch McConnell” by his own party, as he seems fully dedicated to hindering progress and helping to crush Democratic dreams.
“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell during Obama’s presidency said he would do everything in his power to stop (then-President Barack Obama),” said New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman in an interview with CNN’s John Berman. “He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency by saying he would do everything in his power to stop President Biden, and now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop democracy and to stop our work for the people, the work that the people sent us here to do. Manchin is not pushing us closer to bipartisanship. He is doing the work of the Republican Party by being an obstructionist.”
What Bowman is referring to is Manchin’s decision to oppose a heavily supported Democratic legislation to protect voting rights. In a recent op-ed, Manchin confirmed that he would not vote for the For the People Act, while also reiterating his position, once again, for not eliminating or even weakening the filibuster. While this news isn’t necessarily cannabis-related, Manchin’s position against his own party could end up having dire consequences for the future of federal cannabis reform. Why? As we mentioned before, Democrats need every vote they can get to accomplish their objective — to oppose the filibuster, to pass a cannabis reform bill, to do anything at all.
Senator Manchin is likely to rail against Schumer’s soon-to-be-introduced cannabis bill. Manchin still believes pot is a gateway drug, which has earned him a D-minus with the national cannabis advocacy group NORML. “I go to the treatment centers. I talk to the addicts. I always ask, ‘How did you get started?’ Most told me they started out with recreational marijuana,” he said in a 2017 article for STAT. “Legalizing recreational marijuana is something I have not been able to accept or support.”