In a speech earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to be shocked at the backlash he received from his opposition to legalization of marijuana during his confirmation hearings.
On Tuesday, Sessions spoke out on several issues at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. He not only expressed his opposition to easing marijuana laws in states across the country, but also seemed surprised that there was backlash against his comments regarding marijuana legalization.
“When they nominated me for attorney general, you would have thought the biggest issue in America was when I said, ‘I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner grocery store,’” Sessions said. “(People) didn’t like that; I’m surprised they didn’t like that.”
Sessions also spoke to the issue of illegal immigration and protecting the border, which he says would cut down on the flow of illegal drugs into the US.
“I think (the American people) are correct, I think President Trump is correct that we need to maintain a lawful system of immigration — one that serves the national interest, protects us from criminal elements and drug dealers and child molesters and whoever else might be a part of that — including terrorists,” Sessions said. “We need — as part of our national security, our national sovereignty — a system that we can be proud of.”
That may or may not happen. One thing we do know for sure is that the war on drugs has been an absolute failure and should be abandoned.
“Sessions, a staunch opponent of legalization, is currently reviewing the Cole Memorandum, a set of guidelines established in 2013 that direct DOJ to focus marijuana enforcement efforts on violent crimes and distribution in states without legalization laws,” writes Steve Birr.
“Sessions claimed in February ‘there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think, and there’s big money involved,'” he added. “It is unclear how aggressive the administration will ultimately be on the issue, but officials in states with legalization laws are preparing for the worst.”
So far, four states, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washingon have sent letters to both Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin exhorting them to leave marijuana policy to the states. While the governors previously opposed legal marijuana, they argue the policy is boosting revenue and reducing the “inequitable incarceration” of minority groups.
I can agree with that, although the question becomes very basic, what business does government have regulating a plant God created and put on the earth? That regulation is keeping millions from being able to access cannabis oil and treatments tied to marijuana that they can’t ordinarily through legal means.
While it is true there are people who will use marijuana recreationally, that is no reason to line up as prohibitionists while at the same time pushing drugs made by pharmaceutical companies, who in many cases are joined at the hip with the FDA and corrupt politicians to outlaw any and all natural remedies. In fact, I’d love to see a report that compares the deaths from marijuana to FDA approved drugs. I’m sure there would be no comparison.
As far as Sessions’ claims of violence around marijuana and it being big money, well that is simply because government overstepped its bounds and made something illegal that was not in their authority to do so. Remove the war on drugs, specifically marijuana and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
Is there what Mr. Sessions says about marijuana around alcohol or cigarettes, and I’m talking in the manner in which he is? I don’t think so. There are stupid people for sure, but there is no black market which generates those things. Furthermore, the constant stories we hear in the news about no-knock raids over a plant or in some cases nothing in the house and injuries or deaths to citizens as a result of the usurpation of government applying drug laws is absolutely staggering.
“Sessions and the Trump administration could cost the marijuana industry hundreds of thousands of jobs if they interfere with state pot laws,” Birr comments. “A report released in February by New Frontier Data projects that an unimpeded marijuana market will create more than 250,000 jobs by 2020. The booming projections for growth stand in stark contrast to manufacturing jobs, which are expected to crater by more than 800,000 by 2024.”
Keep in mind that the framers and those who came before them did not outlaw marijuana, hemp or alcohol. They did warn, as does the Bible, about abusing intoxicants.
Sadly, not only is medicinal purposes for marijuana hampered, but also the industrial purposes of hemp, which was declared illegal at the same time as marijuana.
I don’t see anywhere in the Constitution where DC is given authority to write drug laws. This is something that needs to stop.