Justice Clarence Thomas Praised for Suggesting It's Time to Lift Federal Marijuana Ban

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas received praised on Twitter for his Monday comments stating that the federal government's "contradictory" 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 involved a Colorado medical marijuana dispensary that believed the federal government had unfairly denied it federal tax breaks given to companies in other industries.

"The Federal Government's current approach is a half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana," Thomas wrote. "This contradictory and unstable state of affairs strains basic principles of federalism and conceals traps for the unwary."

"A prohibition on intrastate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the Federal Government's piecemeal approach," he concluded.

"Clarence Thomas" trended on Twitter Monday night with thousands of users weighing in on his remarks.

History professor Liam O'Mara wrote, "Federal prohibition of #cannabis never made any sense, and has led to #MassIncarceration, and even excess logging and plastic use, but at least the tide is turning. Seems even arch-conservative Clarence Thomas is willing to rethink the prohibition laws."

Federal prohibition of #cannabis never made any sense, and has led to #MassIncarceration, and even excess logging and plastic use, but at least the tide is turning. Seems even arch-conservative Clarence Thomas is willing to rethink the prohibition laws.https://t.co/Tc4cG4mKkC

— Liam O'Mara 📚😼🌹🧢🤘 (@LiamOMaraIV) June 28, 2021

Former Mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Steve Marchand, wrote, "When Clarence Thomas is moving to your left on cannabis legalization, you need to re-evaluate your position. If @NHDems want to show that @GovChrisSununu is out of the mainstream, this is a real part of the message."

Marchand's message tagged his state's Democratic party and its Republican governor.

When Clarence Thomas is moving to your left on cannabis legalization, you need to re-evaluate your position. If @NHDems want to show that @GovChrisSununu is out of the mainstream, this is a real part of the message. https://t.co/PQ8UvPcUOH #NHPolitics

— Steve Marchand (@marchandsteve) June 28, 2021

Twitter user @Jeffreyaasen5 wrote, "Apparently we now have Clarence Thomas on our side, if he can help get it legalized on a federal level I'll take it. #LegalizeMarijuana #LegalizeCannabis".

Apparently we now have Clarence Thomas on our side, if he can help get it legalized on a federal level I’ll take it. #LegalizeMarijuana #LegalizeCannabis

— DOGSRULE (@Jeffreyaasen5) June 29, 2021

Twitter user @away__kit wrote, "Joe Biden is to the right of Clarence Thomas on pot".

Joe Biden is to the right of Clarence Thomas on pot https://t.co/DUeSO1UYbp

— el pibe (@away__kit) June 29, 2021

Danya Henninger, an editor at the radio station WHYY, wrote, "Did not realize Clarence Thomas was the legalization justice."

Did not realize Clarence Thomas was the legalization justice.

In a case the court passed over, he wrote an opinion calling out “half-in, half-out regime that simultaneously tolerates and forbids local use of marijuana.”https://t.co/gbWxAmxLJp

— Danya Henninger (@phillydesign) June 28, 2021

Nick Gillespie, podcaster and editor-at-large for the Libertarian magazine Reason, wrote, "Clarence Thomas is getting real on pot. Better late than never."

"A prohibition on interstate use or cultivation of marijuana may no longer be necessary or proper to support the federal government's piecemeal approach." Clarence Thomas is getting real on pot. Better late than never. https://t.co/ELPDX8dRmB

— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) June 28, 2021

Twitter user @AdamG_MB, wrote, "Justice Clarence Thomas.... Welcome to the resistance."

Justice Clarence Thomas…. Welcome to the resistance https://t.co/fSsrFnXvAb

— Adam (@AdamG_MB) June 29, 2021

Writer Tara Tublin wrote, "Let's wait until Clarence Thomas gets marijuana decriminalized federally & then he can gtfo along with his insurrectionist wife #LegalizeIt".

Tublin's tweet refers to Thomas' wife, Ginni Thomas, who endorsed Republican former President Donald Trump's January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally. The rally's attendees went on to riot at the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Let's wait until Clarence Thomas gets marijuana decriminalized federally & then he can gtfo along with his insurrectionist wife #LegalizeIt https://t.co/CyTrsguf49

— Tara Dublin, Untapped Writing Goldmine #SignTara (@taradublinrocks) June 28, 2021

Newsweek contacted the Supreme Court for comment.

Clarence Thomas marijuana weed legalization Twitter reactions
Twitter users have praised Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after Thomas said that federal marijuana laws "may no longer be necessary." In this photo, Thomas poses for the official group photo at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC on November 30, 2018. Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty