If Trump wants to blow up a significant part of the group that got him elected, wants to alienate people under the age of 40 totally, wants to hurt the millions of people who benefit from medical and recreational cannabis, wants to extend the unjust and unconstitutional drug war (When did we pass the amendment that allows for the prohibition of drugs in this country? – We didn’t.), and basically wants to do fundamentally the absolutely morally wrong thing then let Attorney General Sessions continue on this unwise track.
Pot should be legal. One should be able to grow it in one’s back yard if one so wants. It’s like wine or beer. It’s less addictive than wine or beer and also does less damage than wine or beer. Never mind liquor or cigarettes. It is a substance that can be used responsibly by adults. Anyone who subscribes to the fundamental tenets of the American Revolution, that Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness are sacrosanct has to be for the increased legalization of cannabis. If one believes in the Constitution and the concept of federalism one must then also acknowledge that drugs are a state issue, not a federal one. Both the American Revolution and the Constitution are very important to many people who voted for Trump. Mr. Sessions however seems hell bent on pissing those people off. To allow Sessions to continue as he has would be supreme folly for this administration.
There are plenty of other things for the Attorney General to (and should) focus on.
(From The Washington Post)
In his letter, first obtained by Tom Angell of Massroots.com and verified independently by The Washington Post, Sessions argued that the amendment would “inhibit [the Justice Department’s] authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.” He continues:
I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.
Sessions’s citing of a “historic drug epidemic” to justify a crackdown on medical marijuana is at odds with what researchers know about current drug use and abuse in the United States. The epidemic Sessions refers to involves deadly opiate drugs, not marijuana. A growing body of research (acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) has shown that opiate deaths and overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana laws on the books.