But We Bet Trump Will Squash It

If we had to make a bet, it is our view that the new administration of Donald Trump and his reactionary Attorney General nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, will move almost immediately to squash the legalization of marijuana in those states that have done so.

They officially will give as reasons that federal law must prevail over state law (marijuana still is deemed a Schedule 1 drug by the feds, the same as heroin, believe it or not); that there is unwanted and unwelcome spillover into adjacent states from those states where marijuana is legal; and that marijuana has not been studied enough to determine the long-term health effects on the population.

But the real reasons will be as follows: Those states where voters have legalized marijuana and that are, (and soon will be) earning tax income from marijuana sales, are almost entirely Blue states.

Further, the criminalization of drugs in this country is what keeps the private prison systems full in the Red states, creating huge profits for the companies that operate them.

Finally, since almost all of the drug-related felony arrests in Red states are individuals who are minorities, those who are convicted can be stripped of their right to vote — thereby depressing minority voter-turnout that would otherwise vote Blue.

That’s our view — and we’ll all just have to wait and see what happens after January 23.

2 comments for “But We Bet Trump Will Squash It

  1. Ian James
    December 3, 2016 at 3:59 am

    What happened to small government?

    Prohibition is the opposite of liberty.

  2. Annonamice
    December 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    As someone who hasn’t really thought much about legal or illegal marijuana, and having no real opinion on it… or, that being as much as I would tell anyone seating a jury…

    I would NEVER convict someone brought before a jury that I was seated on concerning any marijuana laws. EVER. We made it legal, and even though it might be illegal under federal law, I know exactly what I would do if ever seated on a jury.

    This is something any federal prosecutor should keep in mind before prosecuting a grower, dealer, or anyone charged with a marijuana “crime”. More than HALF of all citizens think it should be legal. Good luck with those juries, Sessions.

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