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The Return Of The Drug Wars?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed an Obama-era policy of leaving marijuana laws up to the states. This is a decision that ignores, overwhelmingly, the will of the people.
Last Thursday Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in a memo that he would be reversing an Obama-era policy that had given states the power to determine their own laws considering the use of marijuana. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but the Justice Department, under Obama, had issued guidelines that let states decide how to approach it. The basic implications of this is that there is no "safe" place for marijuana, including the states that have legalized it.
First, this is a ridiculous use of already thinned resources. Second, it completely ignores the will of the people. A little over six-in-ten people are pro-legalization. This number continues to increase steadily, considering in the year 2000 it was only three-in-ten.
Colorado legalized recreational use in 2014, and that year they had $76 million dollars in tax revenue from legal sales. Last year it was over $200 million in revenue. This money was used mainly on schools across the state. When I look at the federal debt it seems a shame not to take advantage of this market.
As of right now the DOJ and congress have classified marijuana as a schedule 1 drug. That means that it is supposedly worse than cocaine, Vicodin, methadone, oxycodone, and methamphetamine. Anyone who knows someone who smokes marijuana or has used it themselves knows this is way off the mark. I, myself think that drinking causes many more problems for people than marijuana does.
So the question is why? We are in the middle of an opioid crisis in this country created largely from poor oversight of pharmaceutical corporations and medical professionals, but instead of attacking this head on, Sessions wants to go back in time to the war on marijuana.
Twenty-eight states have laws for the medical use of marijuana. Eight states, the latest being California just a couple weeks ago, have made it legal for recreational use. The effects of marijuana on society are far less reaching than many of the drugs that are classified as schedule two, or schedule three drugs. The policy on this issue needs to be re-visited and brought into the twenty-first century.
The reality is that smoking a joint is no worse than having a whiskey, or a beer. It is also an issue that should be left to the states, and the people of those states. It is time to drop the stigma that comes with marijuana, and treat it the same way we treat having a cocktail or beer.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized...