While the media are concerned with false Russian hacking lies to derail the Trump administration, many have overlooked Sessions stance on legalizing Marijuana. Jeff Sessions on every other issue has been efficient and constitutional. However on this issue not only is he empirically wrong, but he is also unconstitutional. While I do not have any desire to smoke Marijuana, supporting other people’s freedom to do so is a key part of the constitution.
What are Sessions concerns?
” Drugs today are more powerful and more addictive… I am dubious about marijuana — I’m not sure we’re going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana being sold at every corner grocery store.”
The first issue that needs to be challenged is that prohibition stops drug use. This is empirically false in every scenario. Judge Jim Gray a retired superior court judge and author of “why our drug laws have failed” goes on to explain –
“Drugs are fully as plentitul today as they could possibly be…ask the next ten teenagers you find: which is easier for you to get today if you want? Marijuana or Alcohol, and every last one will tell you it’s easier to get marijuana because illegal dealers don’t ask for I.D”
“you can get all the drugs you want in prison for heavens sake. How do you expect to be able to keep them off the streets of your towns and cities“
First of when compared to legal drugs such as alcohol the effects and health benefits of marijuana are incomparable.
Compare that with the number of violent crimes, driving offenses and obesity problems caused by alcohol.
Press secretary Sean Spicer has claimed there is a clear distinction between medical marijuana and recreational. President Trump has made similar statements citing that Colorado has a lot of problems. In his fantastic address to congress at the beginning of March Trump made it clear that boosting the economy and bringing jobs and prosperity to America was key.
This ties into the main benefit of legalizing Marihuana –Economic benefits.
The legal cannabis market was worth an estimated $7.2 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 17%. At least 18,000 high-paying jobs caused in Colorado as a result of legalization, and the industry is set to create more jobs than manufacturing by 2020.
President Trump has rightly advocated for a return to law and order, without undermining the police force as Obama has done tho0rughout the last eight years. The war on Marijuana is a huge misallocation of resources not only is this a waste of tax payer money, but it uses limited resources that could be spent fighting violent crimes. Judge Gray speaks first hand:
” The tougher you get with regard to non-violent drug offenses, literally, the softer you get with regards to the persecution of everything else…In 1980, we were twice as successful in prosecuting homicides as we were in 1990. Why? Because the Reagon administration ramped up the war on drugs and used all the resources to prosecute the drug issues.”
The nanny mentality of the state to dictate what an individual not violating the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP) is completely immoral. Libertarians affirm the state should be subject to the same moral principles that we apply to other agents. Doing this exposes how completely impermissible it is for someone to decide that substances are unhelpful and therefore they’re going to kidnap anyone using those substances and imprison them.
When the democrats decided they were going to tell you what you can and cannot drink by attempting to ban sugary soda drinks in 2012 the Conservatives and Libertarians rightly opposed this measure and it was rejected as unconstitutional. This is no different
Let’s get smart on crime instead of tough on crime.