Jeff Sessions’ Reversion Back to a Know-Nothing Marijuana Policy

Jeff Sessions is in denial. Despite all the evidence, he refuses to believe that this country’s decades-long War on Drugs has been a colossal failure. The drug war is a public health menace, racially biased, and an economic disaster that has not curbed drug abuse or made anyone safer. All this is lost on Sessions, who insists on turning back sensible change in drug policy around the country and going against the will of the majority of Americans.

On Thursday, Sessions moved to rescind several memoranda issued by the Obama administration that expressed respect for the states whose voters had chosen more progressive marijuana policies. That earlier guidance from the Justice Department included directing federal resources away from enforcing federal drug laws against people who use and cultivate marijuana for personal and medical use in compliance with state laws and leaving undisturbed states that had decided to legalize marijuana through closely enforced regulatory systems.

These policies recognized the rights of states to formulate their own approaches to marijuana use. They also represented a smarter and more scientific approach to federal drug policy and reflected an understanding that states can forge successful approaches for the rest of the country to follow. They were right, and Jeff Sessions is wrong.

That Sessions would ignore science, history, and public health should not be surprising from someone who has said, “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” By thumbing his nose at sensible practices, Sessions is ignoring popular reform at the local level. That reform is the result of states and communities recognizing the enormous damage done by the misguided War on Marijuana, particularly to communities of color. As the ACLU documented in 2013, Blacks are almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as whites, despite comparable usage rates. But these effects seem to be of no concern to Sessions, who is not bothered by police departments that racially profile, policies that criminalize the poor, or charging practices that increase mass incarceration and have a disparate impact on people of color.

Fight back against Sessions' outdated policies

Not only have millions of people, disproportionately people of color, suffered the degradation of being arrested and thrown in jail for nothing more than possessing marijuana, many have had to contend with the debilitating collateral consequences that flow from such contact with the criminal punishment system, including negative impacts on student financial aid eligibility, employment opportunities, child custody decisions, and public housing.

The majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. Even more support allowing the use of marijuana as medicine. They are not fooled by recycled drug war propaganda of a throwback drug warrior like Jeff Sessions. Republicans, Democrats, libertarians, and independents recognize that the criminalization of marijuana and people who use it has been a waste of time, money, and lives. Even some local prosecutors in states where marijuana possession is illegal are calling for fewer arrests and supporting legalization.

Not Jeff Sessions. Against all evidence, he’s driving federal policy backwards, even as 29 states have legalized marijuana in some form, and more are likely to follow suit.

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Dr. Timothy Leary

People do not need to be spending money on smoking weed. They need to be putting their money into the local football franchise. That's what America needs more good clean football.

Blake

Football isn't even American. Everyone playing it is unpatriotic, ungrateful for the lives they have already lived because of the country. Shut it down.

Fizban

And if we don't like sports? Because I hate sports. But you can't stop me from spending my thousands on weed. I would rather smoke in a quiet house than go to a loud crowded stadium any day.

Both things seem to appeal to entirely different senses. Odd comparison.

But, I have paid plenty of money to the drug cartels and the black market throughout my days. I would rather give my taxes to the state, but I guess the government doesn't want my money.

Anonymous

Thanks for the dumb-ass post, Dr. Irrelevant.

Dr. Timothy Leary

Sadly, Mr. Anonymus a lot of people in America would agree with my above opinion, except for all you "dump-ass" grasshoppers.

Anonymous

Oh, at first I assumed that comment was sarcastic...

Anonymous

i don't think Dr. Timothy Leary said that

Anonymous

Timothy Leary is dead!

Anonymous

Please ask your representatives to face the truth behind Cannabis being schedule one... a law based totally on racism, bigotry and the truth Jeff Sessions doesn't want to be confronted with;

Harry J. Anslinger was the director of the FBN (Federal Bureau of Narcotics - these days the DEA) from 1930 until 1962. Back in the day he was one of the biggest supporters of prohibition.

By using the mass media as his forum (receiving much support from publisher William Randolph Hearst), Anslinger was the main person behind the creating of an anti-marijuana sentiment during those years. The anti-marijuana propaganda film Reefer Madness from 1936 is a good example of his work.

There were two component in his strategy. First, the message that weed is evil. Second, racism, according to him only latinos and black people were smoking 'marihuana' and made them 'forget their place in society'.

Here below you can read 15 of his most ridiculous quotes about cannabis. You have been warned...

1.
Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.​
2.
Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men.​
3.
There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.​​
4.
You smoke a joint and you're likely to kill your brother.​
5.
Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.
6.
The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.​
7.
No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer.
8.
If the hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with marijuana, he would drop dead of fright.
9.
Some people will fly into a delirious rage, and they are temporarily irresponsible and may commit violent crimes. Other people will laugh uncontrollably. It is impossible to say what the effect will be on any individual.
10.
Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.​
11.
It is dangerous to the mind and body, and particularly dangerous to the criminal type, because it releases all of the inhibitions.
12.
The use of cannabis, whether smoked or ingested in its various form, undoubtedly gives rise to a form of addiction, which has serious social consequences (abandonment of work, propensity to theft and crime, disappearance of reproductive power).
13.
I do not think there is such a thing as not being able to cure an addict. Marihuana addicts must go to a Federal narcotic farm.
14.
The addict pays anywhere from 10 to 25 cents per cigarette. It will be sold by the cigarette. In illicit traffic the bulk price would be around $20 per pound. Legitimately, the bulk is around $2 per pound.
15.
They found some marihuana growing in one of the prisons. We heard of that. There was a seizure made in the Colorado State Reformatory for boys not long ago.

So in 1937 Cannabis became illegal... No science and before civil rights. So if you wonder why Jeff Sessions wants to lock it down, it's one Racist Bigot supporting another.

Anonymous

Try reading #15 in Trump's voice. Also, nicely posted at 4:20

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