Friday, February 24, 2017

Trump Administration Vows to Crack Down on Pot, Enthusiastically Embraces Other Failed Criminal Justice Policies

The Hill reports:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday suggested the Trump administration will step up enforcement of federal laws against recreational marijuana.  
“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” Spicer said, while adding the exact policy is “a question for the Department of Justice.” 
It’s the latest sign President Trump is poised to take a tougher approach than the
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Obama Justice Department did in states that have legalized the use of recreational marijuana.  
Spicer telegraphed the administration won’t take a get-tough approach against medical marijuana, saying Trump believes in its ability to "comfort" people suffering from debilitating diseases.  
But he said he takes a different view of recreational marijuana, linking it to the abuse of opioid drugs in states across the U.S.  
There is little evidence showing a link between abuse of the two drugs. Some researchers believe medical marijuana could help reduce demand for opioid-based painkillers.  
Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty others have laws allowing medical marijuana. 
If revival of the failed War on Drugs (at least against marijuana) was not enough, Trump's administration appears ready to enthusiastically embrace other 1980s era criminal justice failures.  Trump has already signaled support for civil forfeiture, which has a well documented history of abuse.  His administration also appears ready to end the Obama-era moratorium on the feds renewing contracts for the use of private prisons, another enormous policy failure.  Is federal sentencing reform out the window as well?  Could be as Attorney General Jeff Sessions worked to block sentencing reform while in the U.S. Senate, despite widespread bipartisan support.
The sad thing was that pre-Trump the GOP was moving in the right direction on all these issues.  Reform though seems endangered by a "law and order" Republican President who seems oblivious to the failed history of the policies his administration supports.


Anonymous said...

I hope this is true. It will make Trump a one term President.

Anonymous said...

Mike Pence should resign as VP if he wants to salvage any credibility. He is Trumps Enabler!

Anonymous said...

I thought Republicans want to leave everything up to the states? That hypocrisy is why I don't vote for them.

Veterans for Peace Indianapolis said...

Peace at home, peace Abroad is a goal of VFP. Ending the war on drugs, especially by the Feds, is a key component to bring that peace.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 5:06,

I totally agree that the issue of the legalization of pot should be left to the states and Republicans who want to nationalize the issue are being hypocrites. But don't get me started on Democrats hypocrisy. After all they are supposed to be the party of civil liberties, but they are nowhere to be found on the civil forfeiture issue.