YOU’LL HAVE TO PRY MY MARIJUANA FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS, JEFF SESSIONS
Someone should really tell our new Attorney General that marijuanas aren’t the devil anymore and that he’s just being a puckered asshole at this point for renewing the fight against hippie lettuce.
Especially since Jeff Sessions doesn’t appear to be basing this fight on any discernible reality of which we’re aware. Legalized marijuana was barely a footnote in President Trump’s campaign, so just WTF, Jeff?
Sessions spoke with Nebraska’s AG about the marijuana coming into Nebraska from Colorado, where it is fully legalized for recreational use. After that discussion, Sessions told reporters:
I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, and particularly young people, are smoking pot.
“I believe it’s an unhealthy practice, and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago, and we’re seeing real violence around that.
“You can’t sue somebody for drug debt; the only way to get your money is through strong-arm tactics, and violence tends to follow that.
According to the beginning sentence of this quote, Sessions doesn’t think people make America great again when they’re smoking pot, so off to jail with them? His answer is awfully vague, but if we force states to go back to the prohibition era just because lame-o states like Nebraska don’t want weed to hop state lines, then the result is an increase in the prison population.
And as for marijuana being an “unhealthy practice” are we to take this to mean that all things unhealthy like cigarettes, alcohol, candy, rodeos, YouTube fire challenges, and places where Juggalos hang out will be outlawed too? Because marijuana is less deadly than all these things. Or are we just selectively picking on marijuana because some hippies probably called Jeff a square a few decades ago?
Calling attention to the fact that “drug debts” are sometimes settled violently plays right into the argument that weed is better legalized. In the black market, marijuana is unregulated and these spats between buyers and sellers would be handled without the law. Dispensaries, however, are closely monitored and reduces the violence surrounding the drug. There is an agreed upon price to pay at the time of purchase and consumers are protected from theft.
Sessions says he wants states to make laws as they see fit, but that the federal government would still crackdown on federal violations. Coming from a “drug war dinosaur” like Sessions, this isn’t promising. As a Senator, he was incredibly critical of President Obama’s lack of policing the drug, saying the US would be better off “if the grown-ups in Washington” would fight legalization. He also once said, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
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But fighting legalization would be an unpopular move, according to these statistics. There are 23 states that allow marijuana for medicinal purposes. There are four states that allow marijuana for recreational use. According to polls, 84 percent of adults want marijuana legalized for medical use and 58 percent want marijuana decriminalized for recreational use. In states where the drug is legalized, millions of dollars in tax revenue was raised which goes towards education and healthcare.
So once again, we have someone in the Trump administration going against the grain of the American people, basing their beliefs on alternative facts and shaping policy that will hurt communities more than help.