Sessions and the War on Drugs Version 2.0

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On Wednesday, U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions demonstrated the depth of his ignorance when he shared his desire to erase 30 years of progress against the blunderous War on Drugs.

Citing Nancy Reagan’s failed “Just say no” campaign as a way to keep American citizens off drugs, Jeff Sessions informed Richmond, Virginia law enforcement officials,” I am determined that this country will not go backwards.” Putting the officials on notice AG Sessions explained, “President Trump gave us a clear directive. It’s the policy of this administration to reduce crime in America, not preside over an increase in crime, but reduce crime.”

Crime Statistics US News Graphic: Graphic courtesy of US News

Crime Statistics US News Graphic: Courtesy of US News

After first acknowledging “the crime rate in our country remains at historic lows,” Sessions pivoted to his dystopian interpretation of the most recent statistics. “We’re beginning to see an increase again,” and named marijuana as a contributing factor, according to the Washington Post.

“We have too much of a tolerance for drug use,” Sessions said. “We need to say, as Nancy Reagan said, ‘Just say no.’ There’s no excuse for this, it’s not recreational. Lives are at stake, and we’re not going to worry about being fashionable.”

United States prison population by offense

United States prison population by offense

Not in the mood for idle conversation, Sessions was in Richmond to boast about Project Exile and rally the troops. First established in 1997, the federal program’s primary goal has been to deliver rigid justice to anyone convicted of a firearm offense. “Advertised in both electronic and print media outlets, the campaign was featured on city buses and business cards displaying a specific message: an illegal gun will get you five years in federal prison.”

Ignoring inconvenient facts, Sessions then disparaged medical marijuana. Disregarding the scientific evidence that underscores the plant’s ability to mitigate opioid-related issues, Sessions offered his less than informed opinion on the topic:

“I’ve heard people say we could solve our heroin problem with marijuana,” he said. “How stupid is that? Give me a break!”

Considered a low-rent trade with little medicinal value by the hopelessly uninformed, Sessions told reporters after his initial rant that “medical marijuana has been hyped, maybe too much.”

Apparently preoccupied with questions about Russia, Sessions has shown little interest in reading the research that demonstrates MMJ’s medicinal efficacy.

Peer-reviewed studies graphic

Medical Marijuana peer-reviewed studies

“Fashionable” or not,  there’s little doubt the U.S. has a serious drug problem. Unfortunately for the Atty. Gen., recreational or medical marijuana are hardly the issues. Instead, pharmaceutical companies that push OxyContin and other opioid-related narcotics on unsuspecting Americans are creating the current epidemic. Similar to the Nixon administration’s demonizing of marijuana in the early 70s, under AG Sessions and the Trump Administration, for-profit prisons could soon see a huge influx of new federal dollars and, unfortunately, even more minorities.

Caricature Courtesy of DonkeyHotey

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

8 Comments

  1. Great article, Nothing any sane person would not understand.
    To bad there is a wall between us and the asylum called Washington.
    Thanks
    Carl

  2. Let up on the weed asshole. It can create a new government tax basis that could reverse the national deficit

  3. Sessions is an uneducated idiot when it comes to cannabis. With all the proven dangerous legal substances out there ( tabacco, alcohol, prescription drugs…..) he has chosen marijuana to pounce on. His ignorance is dangerous to the american people and he should be removed from office. He will move the entire country backwards. The truth of the matter is jeff sessions is an out of control fool.

    • Andrew Beckett on

      Jeff Sessions needs to resign, not just recuse himself from investigating the collusion between Russia and the US gov’t , with the Trump campaign before it. On the bright side, Sessions no longer is a fan or honorary member of the KKK, since he found out that some of them smoke cannabis. Their other bizarre Nazi rituals and idiotic political beliefs and the violence they use to underline them is less of a problem than the fact that some of them may smoke grass if they aren’t too hammered to roll one up. Since Nixon, the US Republicans have used the disastrous ‘”war on drugs” to target populations they despise, namely blacks, Latinos, and the left. It has been a huge success in the sense that this war’s biggest boast has been that currently one in three black men in the US are either in prison, or on probation or parole, with almost one hundred percent in “the system” for drug crimes. Now the private sector, Ayn Rand books under their arms, have stepped in with a way to profit from this outrage, not just from the warehousing of people, but the re-introduction of slavery. The stocks for private prison corporations are booming, soon to be seeing an influx of minorities, mentally ill, and very poor people, who are a resource that can be exploited for billions in what is arguably the most evil industry on earth and one that should be banned outright. There are some things that shouldn’t have a profit motive. Speaking of profit, the prohibition of drugs is extremely profitable for gov’t, law enforcement and organized crime. Indeed, going back to the clipper ships of the Opium Wars, the only thing those making a killing from selling drugs fear is legalization. I have always believed that the police have a job that consists of virtually nothing. They drive around, looking for ways to make their above-the-law status benefit them in the form of money, sex, or intoxication. Imagine if the cops no longer had the bogeyman of drugs to hold up as an example of their “difficult and dangerous jobs.” Are cops going to give up this very easy score, along with the millions of dollars and millions in contraband they can steal without hesitation? This is why ex-police officers are in favour of legalization, because it is the obvious thing to do when prohibition has been proven to be totally insane. Current police officers and chiefs are very against any lessening of the penalties for drugs, and are in favour of even harsher sentences and more ridiculous punishments for “crimes” that have no victim. If Trudeau legalizes marijuana as promised, will the police even abide by the law or will they “take it under advisement,” as they claimed when there were temporarily no marijuana laws in place. As Canadians we should remember that our police forces are very politically active, even though it’s illegal. It’s handy to be immune to all laws and accountability. This predicament is illustrated harshly by the persecution of Marc and Jodie Emery, with the police clearly targeting the Emerys out of righteous indignation, not any concern for public safety. The police have always singled them out for their political activism and their successful businesses. I’m sure that much of the seized cash will be “misplaced,” and I’m also sure that the wives and daughters of Toronto police officers will get new iphones and jewelry, courtesy of Cannabis Canada.

  4. I’m posting comments “too quickly” here? 2nd in 10 minutes is too quickly? With this ditch wireless keyboard?
    The one time I didn’t copy my post!
    Who is Sessions helping with his “reduce crime” policies? The for profit legal systems? Cartels? Rehabilitation agencies? More good ‘ol boy politics (Governor Christy) being dealt here.

    • This site does the same thing to me on occasion, I have yet to be able to determine what posting too fast means to them.

  5. I’m still waiting for the short man to say “Haven’t you seen reefer madness?” That seems to be the last information he has on cannabis.

  6. It seems to me they are more worried about effecting the profits and the special interests of their big pharmaceutical companies, then giving the people the means to naturally treat themselves. The only madness here is how a plant that has proven medicinal properties can be made illegal by the government. I have stopped using prescription drugs all together in favor of CBD Oil and my life is forever changed. I will never give up my CBD Oil in favor of their big pharma drugs.

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