President Trump has officially nominated judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh, 53, currently serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He previously served as Staff Secretary in the Executive Office of the President of the United States under President George W. Bush.
Kavanaugh is a staunch conservative, giving those on the right a clear 5 to 4 majority in the Supreme Court. This could have far-reaching consequences on a large number of issues, one being the legalization of marijuana. However, unlike some other hot-button issues where the line between conservatives and liberals is cut and dry, just because someone is a “conservative” doesn’t mean they oppose ending the war on cannabis.
When it comes to marijuana, and the laws surrounding it, it’s nearly impossible to find judge Kavanaugh’s opinions. He has said essentially nothing on the issue publicly, and has served over few relevant cases. The same is true of Trump’s pick last year to replace the late Antonin Scalia, Neil Gorusch.
At this point there’s no reason to believe that Kavanaugh supports legalization; however, there’s also absolutely no basis in thinking that he opposes legalization.