Consistency is an important element of being an effective nanny. Our new attorney general Jeff Sessions evidently interprets his job to be Head Nanny as regards marijuana. Alas, he’s of the “Just Say No” – “Heroin and Pot Are the Same Scourge upon Humanity” generation. He needs to either get educated on marijuana in the modern age or he needs to add alcohol and tobacco to his No-No list. Of course, those two lobbies are stronger than the newbie Pot industry (and as a former tobacco lobbyist, Jeff knows that) except the pot movement is growing stronger by the day because it is a cash-positive industry sorely needed in the country. It provides tax income to states, it provides employment and investment opportunities. Unlike tobacco and alcohol which have no known medicinal value, herbalists can argue the science of cannabinoids for many ailments that work as far as the patients are concerned which matters greatly to those involved with toxic cancer cures, seizure disorders, anxiety-depression, and arthritic pain. Very importantly, it has a measurable positive impact by lessening opioid overdoses which SHOULD be enough to give Nanny Jeff pause. In fact, I was in an ER the other night and had the chance to ask a doctor if he could compare the number of drug overdoses he sees front-line in terms of heroin, cocaine, meth, opioids, and pot. You all know the answer.
Note: some of the medicinal marijuana states like Illinois have such poorly drafted legislation that almost nobody qualifies; pot is an expansive drug with many properties that can be bred into the plant for pain relief, sustained effects, etc., and also bred out of the plant (like the stoned-ness).
The rallying cry for all citizens should be removing marijuana from the FDA’s Schedule I list; we should upgrade methamphetamine from Schedule II to take its place! Anybody can tell you that meth causes more personal degradation and community crime than pot. We can ease jail crowding by getting low-level pot-related criminals out of jail and help them get jobs by expunging their criminal records. Akin to state-sponsored lotteries, the weed-related taxes should go to education and assistance for those who have problems handling what for most people is an ordinary indulgence like a good stogie or a cold beer (glass of wine, shot of whiskey, etc., etc., etc.). Same rules apply: not for kids, not for driving or work.
Where pot is illegal, it is not unavailable. Non-regulated weed is “marketed” by your local gangs. Sure, you may have your benevolent pot-head underground but somewhere there’s a 4×4 with $13K of bundled weed as cargo and THAT person is most likely armed and dangerous.
More states are considering legalization and those states’ citizens need to speak out. You don’t have to want to use it yourself to open the marketplace to those who need or want to use it… but you do need to let your leadership know how you feel about the possibility of turning this law enforcement cost into a revenue source, and about rebuking the FDA for its wrong-headed adherence to a no-pot agenda while slipping and sliding on the atrocious behavior of big pharma and opioids, price gouging, and their unholy alliances. (Don’t think those aren’t connected.)
5 Lies You’ve Been Told About the US Legalizing Marijuana ⇐ Google/Bing/dogpile search if curious
If you accept the premise that Donald Trump is acting in loco parentis to the citizenry insofar as he has primary influence on environmental, legal, health, welfare, housing and other key survival elements of the country, then he’s made a wrong move letting the AG Nanny Jeff tell HIM what to do. In fact, the populist sentiment is clear that a majority of citizens don’t want to waste time and money browbeating pot users when we could be taxing it as a commodity. Trump repeatedly claimed that he “got it” as a states’ right issue in the campaign, so easing up on pot would be a big WIN for a man who craves that sort of thing.
Come on, Mr. Trump, be Presidential and help us out, especially those states with bleeding red budgets! Plus, it would piss off those “bad hombres” you tweet about who profiteer from this tone-deaf resistance to a legal marijuana marketplace.
Oh, and if you need references for Nanny Jeff then look at the history of his influence on law enforcement and social justice in Alabama. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has pursued a race-based agenda for a long time. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.