Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Jeff Sessions and Weed

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump
Veronique de Rugy (a rather conservative libertarian) has an interesting piece in the National Review. She provides a couple of quotes from attorney general nominee Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III that she finds quite alarming:
This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about . . . and [it's important] to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.
Commenting on the Obama administration's decision not to pursue federal action as states legalized pot:
I think one of [Obama's] great failures, it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana. . . . It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started “Just Say No.”
Her conclusion:
In addition, the “Just Say No” campaign didn’t work. Like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition has come with a lot of cost and little, if any, benefit. Alcohol is arguably more dangerous than marijuana, yet I doubt Senator Sessions would support bringing back the 18th Amendment. As such, it’s high time we recognize the idiocy of the prohibition of marijuana.
I am ill at ease. This is the second time today that I find myself in agreement with a conservative writing for the National Review. I prefer to oppose Sessions because Jeff Sessions is a bigot. He will probably attempt to turn back the clock 50 years on LGBT rights.

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