This week, President Donald Trump's Attorney General, Jeff Sessions turned back all the progress made in the war on drugs and began a federal attack on states' rights by rescinding a policy that allowed states to make up their own minds on cannabis legalization. This move will inevitably lead to more crime, put more cops in danger, fill more prisons, oppress more people, and bolster the police state in general.
When the federal government interferes with states' rights by kidnapping, caging, and killing people over a plant their citizens agreed to legalize—this is not freedom—it is tyranny. What's more, promising to attack peaceful people for choosing to ingest a plant that can treat illness, cure addiction, and simply make people happy is the complete opposite of #MAGA.
Coincidentally, prior to being elected president, Trump was outspoken about this very issue and promised to stop any AG he appointed if they attempted to do exactly what Jeff Sessions did on Thursday.
In the interview below Trump says he'd never let his AG reinstate the federal ban on marijuana because "it's up to the states," said Trump. "I think it should be up to the states. Absolutely."
Judging by his silence on Sessions' tyrannical move yesterday, though, it appears that Trump couldn't care less about the rights of states.
This should come as no surprise as in February of last year, then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told us all that this would happen.
When asked about the rollback of Obama administration rules on bathroom and locker room access for transgender kids in schools, Spicer said,
“The president believes it’s a states’ rights issue.”
Incredibly, during the same briefing, Spicer signaled the Justice Department was looking at “greater enforcement�� of federal laws against sales of recreational marijuana, setting up this showdown that we are now witnessing.
The good news is, however, that his support base is calling him out for it and noting that such a tyrannical move by the AG will never #MAGA.
Even FOX Business' Lou Dobbs pointed out the hypocrisy of the AG going after peaceful pot smokers while ignoring the high-level corruption that is rife throughout Washington.
"Jeff Sessions is more concerned with upsetting potheads than defending this president and this nation from deep state subversion," said Dobbs.
Going further, representatives Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan of the Freedom Caucus released a statement yesterday calling for Sessions to go, noting, "It would appear [Sessions] has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world."
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Sadly, Dobbs is right. When the Attorney General is more concerned about arresting innocent people for possessing a plant than he is with going after people in the shadow government who are manipulating issues behind the scenes for personal gain, he is, at best, a failure at his job or, more likely than not, complicit in that very shadow government.
What's more, there is a massive human trafficking problem in the United States—one that Trump promised to shut down—and yet, the Department of Just is more concerned with a plant.
Trump's supporters have had enough. And now they are calling on @POTUS to get rid of this deep state agent who is a threat to the freedom of all Americans.
This move by Trump's supporters to finally disagree on such a large scale with one of his policies is seemingly unprecedented. It is also transcending party lines and uniting America against the tyranny of the drug war.
On the issue of cannabis and states' rights, the left sounds just like the right.
"We will not be bullied by an administration that seems obsessed with dismantling things that are actually working," said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
In Colorado, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said his office won't change its approach to prosecuting marijuana crimes. The state's Republican Sen. Cory Gardner threatened to block President Trump's Department of Justice nominations if Sessions refuses to back down, according to CBS.
"This was not a part of the agenda, this was not a part of the plan, many of us were misled," Gardner said.
Amazingly enough, the power of cannabis and the futile and despotic enforcement of its prohibition have bridged the divide—albeit a small portion of it—between the left and the right.
When people come together on issues that add to the liberty of all Americans, it appears society may have a chance after all. Now, if we can only get Jeff Sessions—after he's fired—to smoke some of this plant he hates so much.