Written By: - Date published: 2:38 pm, January 5th, 2018 - 23 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, class, class war, crime, discrimination, drugs, International, law, Politics, racism, Social issues, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, us politics, war - Tags: madness, sessions, US
In 2013, the US Department of Justice instigated a “hands off” policy towards states that legalised marijuana. That’s just been reversed by Jeff Sessions who, according to Time Magazine reckoned “the Obama-era memos that directed prosecutors not to interfere with state activities when it came to legal pot undermined the rule of law.” (Time)
Republicans are pissed, with Colorado’s Senator Cory Gardiner saying he’s “prepared to take all steps necessary” to fight the change. (The Guardian)
It would appear that Jeff Sessions is pursuing his own personal crusade here, and doesn’t seem to be cognisant of the fact that an oft touted strand of Republican thought is about getting government out of peoples’ lives.
So just a few days after California legalised marijuana (The Guardian), prosecutors at the federal level have been instructed to hammer the crap out of anyone breaking federal law, no matter what individual state law says.
It makes you wonder what it is about this (cough) “home of democracy” that empowers just one unelected and unaccountable man to apparently change policy around law on nothing more than a personal whim.