AG Jeff Sessions recently rolled back Obama-era policy that prevented the federal government from intervening in marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal, leaving the future of an entire industry in jeopardy
Sessions' decision to repeal this policy received hard-end criticism from both sides of the spectrum, as seen when Cory Garner, republican senator from Colorado, spoke on the Senate floor after Sessions' policy reversal was announced.
"I understand Attorney General Jeff Sessions opposition to the legalization of marijuana. I opposed the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, but, this is about a decision by the state of Colorado and we were told states rights would be protected," the GOP senator proclaimed.
The consequences of a conservative figure such as Jeff Sessions denying States Rights simply because of a personal quarrel with a substance is apparent, and shows a dramatic shift from classical conservatism to policy only ever seen in Trump's White House. Despite the fact that this take on politics has never been witnessed in American history, the 'War on Drugs' is nothing new, and can be blamed overwhelmingly on Nixon and his malicious agenda.
In an interview with Harper's Magazine, Nixon's Domestic Policy Chief admitted that the aim of the newly created 'War on Drugs' was created to target Black and other minority communities, since the majority of these communities voted Democrat and discrediting them would ultimately destroy Nixon's competition.
"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," said John Ehrlichman, Nixon's top aid.
This racially incentivized policy is clearly nothing new, but the issue is that it doesn't seem to go away. While statistics claim that African Americans and whites use marijuana at roughly the same rate, a black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana in states where the drug is still illegal.
These statistics are the result of disastrous policy that has left the African-American community in utter shambles, and Sessions' decision to revive a policy that encourages a passive aggressive marginalization and criminalization of an entire ethnicity will no doubt have consequences.
With a new Gallup poll showing that 64 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana (72% of democrats and 67% of republicans), this policy reversal will likely hurt republicans in the long run, in terms of elections.
A strong example of this is Arizona, where medicinal marijuana is legalized. The state has a senate election coming up in 2018, where GOP incumbent Jeff Flake is not running up for re-election. If, and when, the people of Arizona feel that this reversal has impacted them in a negative way, they are more likely to show support for the democratic nominee, so long as they present moderate views in other key ideological positions.
No doubt, Jeff Sessions repealed these mandates not in the name of law or democracy, but in the name of his false perspective on a drug. The arrogance of this Attorney General infringes upon basic states rights, but more importantly the personal freedoms of citizens who have been systematically oppressed by a government who claims to represent them.