Biden’s menthol cigarette prohibition is so obviously stupid and wrong it boggles the mind

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Joe Biden clearly hasn’t learned a thing from the failed and immoral War on Drugs — a disaster that he played a huge part in creating.

The president on Thursday ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban menthol cigarettes, a plan first reported on Wednesday by the Washington Post. Since it’s a regulatory change, Congress has no say in the matter. 

Anti-smoking advocates have lobbied for the ban for years, arguing correctly that the tobacco industry has targeted menthol sales at young people and Black communities. 

Let’s be clear: Big Tobacco is a callous, lying cabal that exists to profit off addicting people to a deadly product. But cigarettes aren’t going to be made illegal overnight, just a certain flavor of cigarettes.

The ban will make menthol a prized commodity, a sought-after product whose artificial scarcity will inevitably drive up its price on non-legal markets. 

A flavor will now be a crime, making criminals out of people who want some mint flavoring with their toxic tar. 

This idea isn’t just dumb and wholly unnecessary — it’s plainly destructive to the communities it’s supposed to be helping. 

Biden’s sorry (but not sorry) about being a prohibitionist 

Throughout the 2020 Democratic primary, Biden was badgered by his rivals into apologizing for authoring several of the Drug War’s most punitive and socially destructive laws. 

Those laws contributed to mass incarceration, the militarization of police, black markets controlled by violent criminals, as well as millions of broken homes and shattered lives. 

Biden thought his heart was in the right place: Drugs are bad, m’kay. 

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But the Biden-backed Drug War was just a hyper-violent and hyper-expensive reboot of alcohol Prohibition — a colossal failure, so corrupting of society at almost every level, that Congress amended the Constitution to get rid of it.  

As a candidate, Biden sheepishly claimed to have evolved from the days when he was boasting of legislation that he said did “everything but hang people for jaywalking.” As the Democratic nominee, Biden promised to work on decriminalizing marijuana and removing it from the DEA’s list of Schedule I controlled substances. 

Biden’s now been in the White House for more than three months, and Vice President Kamala Harris says the administration is simply too busy to fulfill its promise.. 

But apparently Biden isn’t too busy to use his power to ban menthol cigarettes. 

This demonstrates either Biden’s promise was hollow, or that he’s too stuck in his drug warrior ways to see how it’s a certainty that criminalizing a popular product in the Black community is going to be an abject disaster of human carnage. 

The madness of prohibition

Albert Einstein almost certainly didn’t say, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” But it’s still a good line. 

Biden enacting a prohibition that instantly creates a black market and room for more unnecessary and potentially dangerous encounters with police, should be seen as the plainly dumb move that it is. 

The “unintended consequences” cannot be called “unforeseen.” …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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