U.S. Marijuana Policy: AG Sessions vs Head of DHS

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“Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war.” ~ Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly

Good to know; now somebody please inform our Attorney General.

After last Sunday’s NBC Meet the Press interview where Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. John Kelly explained to Chuck Todd that marijuana is “not a factor in the drug war,” Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions provided his own dark interpretation of marijuana smuggling and the proliferation of international crime networks.

According to the Washington Times, Sessions explained that the Department of Justice would have “zero tolerance” for those groups notorious for smuggling illegal contraband across the US-Mexico border – like MS-13:

“We [did] have quite a bit of marijuana being imported by the cartels from Mexico. This is definitely a cartel-sponsored event.”

Overlooking the simple fact that marijuana’s illegal profitability is directly linked to its prohibited status; AG Sessions called out the smuggling of Mexican brick weed as “a financial moneymaker for them.”

I returned from the border last week and they told me that quite a number of the people they arrest are hauling marijuana across the border.

After Kelly was asked by Todd whether or not marijuana was a factor in the war on drugs, the Sec. of DHS underscored the real problem – opioids, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. “It’s a massive problem. 52,000 Americans dead. You can’t put a price on human misery. The cost to the United States is over $250 billion a year,” said Kelly. Bluntly adding one other piece of sage wisdom during his Meet The Press interview, Kelly told Todd that “the solution is not arresting a lot of users.”

Kind of a big deal, the Kelly/Sessions philosophical fracture is of monumental significance as the two diametrically opposed viewpoints have left more than a few hard-working Americans wondering…what exactly will the Trump Administration’s marijuana policy look like?

Jeff Sessions on pot:

Last month, Atty. Gen. Sessions delivered an ominous speech to Richmond, Virginia law enforcement officials. Light on substantive policy change and heavy on Reagan-era rhetoric, Sessions’ comments provide some much-needed insight on his opinion of legalized marijuana:

I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use.  But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable.  I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store.  And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.  Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.

Throwing down an interesting challenge in his testimony before Congress, Sessions dared America’s lawmakers to either modify our current federal marijuana laws or authorize greater enforcement by the feds on consumption and trafficking. Cognizant that legalizing marijuana decreases crime, increases tax revenue, decreases criminal justice expenditures, advances public health, increases traffic safety, and stimulates the economy – most view Sessions’ challenge to Congress as a worthy venture.

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      • Also I believe that fighting against the mexican brick weed is a good thing. If thats where he wants to focus his efforts that is fine so long as he leaves the states that have chosen to legalize alone. But here in illinois that mexican brick weed is the only thing you can find in the rural areas. It is gross and unhealthy. It is loaded with stems and seeds and it is RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. Whoever is selling that garbage should be ashamed. Keep that disgusting garbage out of our country.

  1. I think this is a positive stance from the Sec. and AG. At least the AG knows his place and is not trying to pass laws. Clearly, the AG is against legal use(totally fine by me, everyone is entitled to their opinion) BUT what if we were able to legalize nationally AND show how responsible users are… the statistics might change his views then.
    And let’s not get drawn to the words Mexican brick weed too much-there are Americans who grow shitty, chemical weed also… but as far as I know most Americans growing it are not as violent as the cartels.

  2. Congress is the only entity that can get weed off of schedule I. Sessions knows that and his challenge should be accepted…change the law or else. Why not? People are going to use cannabis…legal or not so we have to find a way to get Congress to get weed off of Schedule I. BUT….as Clinton found out…if you put it on Schedule II or below….the problem is worse bc now its subject to FDA testing and rules and will never be legal. So…it has to be taken off the schedule completely just like Alcohol and that is going to be a hard sell but not impossible. We all have to keep fighting for full legalization. Don’t give up!

  3. I agree with the AG. It is time for congress to grow a pair and make a difference. CHANGE the federal laws considering marijuana already. This is long past due. I’m like Monterey Bud, I’m 60 years old, a husband, a father of two, grandfather of one so far. I have smoked pot on and off since I was a teen. I drink maybe two beers a month, don’t smoke cigarettes or take any other drugs. I have been in the same career all my life and have never been in any legal problems. Pot can be part of a long healthy life.

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