Jeff Sessions is Rip Van Winkle on drug policy

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

"Lost in the brouhaha about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied to Congress about his contacts with Russian officials is an appropriate consideration of the pernicious influence he could have on policy toward illegal drugs. At a time when America seems poised to adopt a more enlightened policy on that issue, Sessions could set back progress at least a generation. Especially when it comes to policy regarding marijuana, Sessions emulates Rip Van Winkle. He apparently went to sleep shortly after Richard Nixon declared a 'war' on illegal drugs in 1971 and just recently awakened from his slumber. There is little evidence that Sessions understands what havoc the war on drugs has wrought both domestically and internationally since Nixon issued his declaration." (03/17/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/jeff-sessions-rip-van-winkle-drug-policy

  • dL

    , Sessions emulates Rip Van Winkle. He apparently went to sleep shortly after Richard Nixon declared a 'war' on illegal drugs in 1971 and just recently awakened from his slumber.

    woke up to find DEA staffed and funded by numbers orders of magnitude greater than the amounts when he first went to sleep. rip Van Winkle my ass.

    Sessions on drugs represents the standard consensus of the gop and the enforcement bureaucracy. Trying to cast this in the respectability language of "out of lockstep with the mainstream" is nonsense. Certainly not out of lock step with the GOP nor the consensus of statist authority.