Though the new year brings opportunity for change, the issues of the previous year are not magically resolved. As we work to bring our resolutions to fruition, the Trump administration has already reminded America why voting in the midterm elections ought to be on everyone’s list. (All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate will be contested, so keep your eyes peeled for local elections and go vote.)
Trump couldn’t go a day in 2017 without making headlines, so of course we couldn’t make it a whole week into 2018 before Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to “crack down” on marijuana.
Sessions revoked the “Cole Memo,” which was put in place under the Obama administration in 2013. It set guidelines for how the federal government should enforce drug laws in states that had legalized marijuana for recreational use. Essentially, it allowed businesses complying with state law to be left alone by the federal government. Sessions has made it easier for U.S. prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that already legalized it.
Marijuana constantly lands in the middle of discussions, legislation and focus of politician…
The war on drugs has always disproportionately affected minorities. Richard Nixon’s former domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman even admitted it to Harper’s magazine in 2016, according to a CNN article.
“You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or blacks, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities,” Ehrlichman said. “We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
According to Sessions, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” So, who is Sessions really talking about? Despite the use of the drug being nearly identical for all races and 57 percent of adults supporting the legalization of the drug, the ACLU has found that black people are almost four times more likely to be arrested than white people….