Washington Post Op-Ed: Opinion: Clarence Thomas is right about one thing: Legalized, recreational marijuana is a reality

Here’s a sentence I don’t type very often: Justice Clarence Thomas has a point. It’s time for the federal government, the Olympics and the rest of us to recognize that legalized, recreational marijuana is a reality.

It is here to stay, notwithstanding those, myself included, who have misgivings about whether that is the wisest course. When 18 states and D.C. have legalized it for recreational use, continuing to put marijuana in the same category of dangerous and illegal drugs as heroin, ecstasy and LSD makes little sense.

So are rules that punish athletes such as Sha’Carri Richardson, who lost out on her Olympic dreams this summer when she tested positive for THC and acknowledged smoking marijuana after her mother’s death.

So, for the matter, is President Biden administration’s move to fire some staffers and not bring on others because of too much and too recent marijuana use. The administration is constrained by rules for granting security clearances and more permissive than its predecessors, but, come on, this is 2021.