Pot, not Russia, not taxes, Obamacare, but pot, weed, ganja, herb, marijuana, Mary Jane, might be the issue that really costs Trump. If he lets Sessions go nuts.
2016 was a vote for Trump, and it was absolutely a vote for legal weed. All across the country reasonable people now understand that criminalizing marijuana is ridiculous. However Sessions, a man from another era on this issue, does not get it. Drugs are bad m’kay…
Does Sessions have nothing better to do with his time than go after a drug that was illegalized (arguably unconstitutionally) under big government FDR because his federal cops needed something to do post hooch Prohibition? A drug that though a drug is relatively safe – far safer than alcohol for instance? A drug that might help some people deal with opioid addiction? And MS. And cancer. And AIDS. And glaucoma. And epilepsy. And many many other maladies? That costs nothing compared to the treatments made by the same companies that have been pushing opioids for 2 decades?
Seriously, we are supposed to be a FREE COUNTRY. In a FREE COUNTRY cannabis is legal for adults. Life will go on. Business will get done. Kids will still go to school. People will still go to church. The sun will come up with legalized marijuana. And it has.
But legal pot undermines the profit centers of organized crime, Big Pharma, and the DEA. Lord knows we can have that.
If Trump lets Sessions go after cannabis there will be widespread unhappiness. Many people who have generally supported Trump will sour on him. A significant percentage of voters and particularly younger voters who – sensibly – aren’t afraid of the “evil” weed will pull support. This is a guarantee. These people will see a renewed war on pot as an attack on THEM. These are middle class tax payers. People who generally believe in conservative principles and as such want to be left alone.
If Trump wants a serious independent candidate on his hands in addition to the Democrat candidate, re-up on the war on weed.
It would be a colossal mistake.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in a radio interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration’s plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition.
“I can’t comment on the existence of an investigation at this time,” he said, adding that he doesn’t think changing state laws have taken away the Department of Justice’s power to enforce the ongoing federal ban.
“I do not believe there is any argument that because a state legalizes marijuana that the federal law against marijuana is no longer existence,” he said. “I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states and we will do our best to enforce the laws as we are required to do so.”
Don’t hide behind the “law” Mr. Sessions. Are we a federal system or not? Where in the Constitution does it give the federal government the power to regulate cannabis? It doesn’t.
We had to pass an amendment to outlaw booze. We never passed an amendment to outlaw cannabis. If such an amendment is passed, then you’ve got a legit argument. Short of that you don’t.