Tag Archives: war on drugs

Jeff Sessions's terrible truth about drugs is a lie

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"'Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life,' Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared last week. The main problem with that message: It isn't true. Yes, using drugs, both legal and illegal ones, can destroy your life, but typically it doesn't. By arguing that drug education should proceed from a false premise, Sessions reminds us what was wrong with the Just Say No propaganda he would like to revive." (03/22/17)


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)


AZ: "Border Patrol" thugs steal 1,100 pounds of vegetation

Source: Nogales International

"U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station [stole] more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana from a pickup truck and horse trailer last Friday evening. … The truck and trailer were towed to the Nogales Station, where agents unloaded 48 marijuana bundles. The load was valued at almost $580,000, the Border Patrol said." (03/13/17)


CO: Idiot pols may try to limit home marijuana grows

Source: Greeley Tribune

"Colorado may ban collective marijuana growing under a bill that calls some patient-owned marijuana grows a 'public nuisance.' A bill up for its first hearing in a House committee Monday would ban co-op pot growing by setting a statewide limit of 12 marijuana plants per residential property. Colorado currently allows medical pot patients to grow up to 99 plants, far beyond other marijuana states, and it also allows recreational users to group their allotted six plants into massive co-ops, entire greenhouses of pot that aren't tracked or taxed. The large-scale grows are inviting federal scrutiny because it's too hard to tell if those plants are being legally sold and not sold on the black market, said Rep. KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat who is sponsor of the bill." [editor's note: Has anyone educated Becker on the fact that what other people grow on their own property is none of her business? – TLK] (03/06/17)


The marijuana exception to federalism

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"Last week White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer predicted 'greater enforcement' of the federal ban on marijuana in the eight states that have legalized the drug for recreational use. This week Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an old-fashioned drug warrior who thinks 'good people don't smoke marijuana,' seemed to confirm Spicer's warning, telling reporters, 'We're going to look at it … and try to adopt responsible policies.' If those 'responsible policies' involve legal action aimed at shutting down state-licensed marijuana businesses, they will be contrary to public opinion, President Trump's campaign promises, and Sessions'[s] own avowed support for federalism. As most Republicans seem to recognize, attempts to force marijuana prohibition on states that have opted out of it are inconsistent with the decentralized system of government established by the Constitution." (03/01/17)


States' rights and the war on drugs

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"The principle of states' rights embodied in the Tenth Amendment is an important one when it comes to the drug war. The United States was set up as a federal system of government where the states, through the Constitution, granted a limited number of powers to a central government — not the other way around." [editor's note: Actually, the Constitution claims to be a grant of powers to the federal government by "the people," not "the states;" in actuality it, of course, it was just a grant of powers by the pre-revolutionary planter and merchant aristocracies to themselves – TLK] (03/01/17)


The war on marijuana is ending. Disarm Jeff Sessions.

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"The writing is on the wall: The war on marijuana is ending, and freedom won. Sessions can't undo that any more than the Ku Klux Klan was able to undo Appomattox. Unfortunately, as the newly confirmed Attorney General of the United States, he does enjoy a great deal of Klan-like power to continue terrorizing the millions victimized by his side during its 80-year war on a benign and useful plant. It's time for Congress to take away that power." (02/28/17)


The stupidity of Jeff Sessions could single-handedly bring down Trump

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"The corporate media would have you believe that the key to resisting Trump lies in the embrace of heinous individuals and institutions such as themselves, George W. Bush, and the CIA, as well as clownish figures manufactured by neocons such as Evan McMullin (formerly of both Goldman Sachs and the CIA). Ironically enough, though Trump supporters see these nefarious outside forces as the biggest threat to his administration, I believe that if Trump's Presidency goes up in total flames it most likely will be the fault of the ridiculous fossil he chose as Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Personally, I don't think Trump cares one bit about recreational marijuana, but if he's foolish enough to let Jeff Sessions run wild with his petty and moronic little Drug War, he runs a serious risk of having his administration destroyed from within." (02/28/17)


Want a crackdown on legal pot? Get ready to lose 300,000 new jobs

Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Steve Birr

"The Trump administration is threatening to interfere with state pot laws and it could cost the marijuana industry hundreds of thousands of jobs. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's comments teasing a crackdown on state pot laws Thursday are continuing to stir anxiety among those financially dependent on legal sales. A report released in February by New Frontier Data projects that an unimpeded marijuana industry will create more than 250,000 jobs by 2020. The booming projections for growth stand in stark contrast to manufacturing jobs, which are expected to crater by more than 800,000 by 2024, reports ABC 7 Denver. Aside from jeopardizing new jobs, a crackdown on lawful weed laws will cause legal confusion in states actively working to implement legalization laws approved by voters." (02/28/17)


Spicer expects "greater enforcement" against recreational pot

Source: US News & World Report

"White House press secretary Sean Spicer indicated Thursday that state-legal medical marijuana programs are safe, but said he expects 'greater enforcement' of federal law against state-legal recreational marijuana. The remarks at a press briefing come amid continued uncertainty about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions will seek to use his office to crush state-regulated cannabis markets." [editor's note: The states and locales should inform Trump that instead of assisting in federal raids like they used to do, their SWAT teams will be instructed to aim center mass at anyone wearing a jacket marked "DEA" and fire until the targets stop moving when pot growers and shop owners call 911 to report armed robberies – TLK] (02/23/17)