Trump’s DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana | TheHill

Geez. That’s invasive. Yo, I thought the Republicans were the party of small government! Of individual rights! Let a man own a basement full of guns, but he can’t have a gram of weed? I think Jefferson is not so much rolling over in his grave as thinking, “the fuck, man?!”

But I jest.

Let’s put Republican hypocrisy aside for a moment, because there’s something even more ridiculous to what the debunked Trump administration is doing. This is what the 70-year-old Jeff Sessions (Trump’s Attorney General) says about the marijuana crackdown he’s so anxious to initiate:

“Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with Administration goals and priorities…” 

“Reducing violent crime”? If you want to reduce violent crime, dude, like, don’t take weed off the market. Alcohol, for example, leads to far more violence than weed, which from my experience only gives you the munchies, a good night’s sleep, and makes you feel slow and stoney…and may more or may not be the solution to writer’s block. 😉

Dear Jeff Sessions,

Dude, like, chill. Try smoking a bowl and watching the Big Lebowski. Then let’s talk about the link between marijuana and violent crime. Maybe we can save a few government bucks and/or use it for something that matters.



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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

5 thoughts on “Trump’s DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana | TheHill”

  1. Per Wiki: “As of November 9, 2016, the use of both recreational and medicinal marijuana has been legalized in the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The District of Columbia has fully legalized recreational and medical marijuana, but recreational commercial sale is currently blocked by Congress.” Of those 9 jurisdictions, only Alaska voted for Trump. Maybe smoking pot leads to voting Democrat?

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  2. Ha, ha. Possibly. Or more likely: these states see the commercial potential of pot and they have a more informed electorate, a populace that isn’t so easily given in to the old “pot-leads-to-violence” fear baiting.

    I’m disappointed that Alaska went for Trump, but not surprised. People were big Bernie supporters — there were a lot of them (in the Dem caucuses, Bernie took like 80% of the vote) — but Clinton was way too establishment to have ever had a shot in a state like Alaska.


  3. I wrote a comment here but the blog gave me a message: “Sorry, this comment cannot be posted.” Let’s try again…

    You know me, I gotta check the data. Since Alaska became a state in 1959 there have been 15 presidential elections. Alaska voted for the Republican in 14 of them. The only Democrat to win Alaska was Lyndon Johnson, who beat Barry Goldwater in a landslide (an avalanche?) in 1964. So pretty much dead red. Alaska fits the Republican profile in being mostly white and rural, but not on income. Alaska has the 7th highest per-capita income; all of the other top 15 states voted for Clinton. [Weirdly, since writing the lost post half an hour ago, somebody has gone into the Wikipedia page and changed the numbers. Now Alaska is at the top with an average income of $1 million dollars! Some maverick having a bit of fun putting out some fake news.]

    I’m curious to see what evidence Sessions trots out to support his contention that marijuana is associated with violent crime — if he’s still on the job, that is. I expect that the violence is due entirely to illegality: smuggling, gang turf wars, etc. I bet that weed-related violence is minimal in states that have legalized marijuana.

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    1. Right, so it’s the fact that marijuana is illegal that creates the violence, much like the fact that the prohibition era opened up a black market that resulted in a great surge of growth for the mafia, something that took decades to address. So rather than do the sensible thing and legalize it, at the federal level, the Trump administration is going to spend more money. This, though, is definitely the type of thing that will sour some Alaskan Trump voters. There’s always been a politically active Christian evangelical vote here, though, of the Sarah Palin ilk, but they heed only a higher, more other-worldly voice, and things like fact and rational thought can be few and far between. Then there’s a good deal of transplants, here for profit (big oil or energy, corporate tourism) or for military, and they tend to vote conservative.

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