No one can deny the sheer support for medical and recreational marijuana in the US. Regardless of what Jeff Sessions has done in the past or plans to do in the future, he will never get the backing of a majority of the people in the US. Every single thing that the Trump government has done against marijuana was done using sheer power alone.
Jeff Sessions, of all people, has come to realize this fact recently, when he received absolutely no response for his latest bid. The US Attorney General has come forward with a bid that would revive how the war on drugs is being conducted at the moment. The funny thing is that he expected applause for the bid he made—something he hasn’t received for quite a while.
Members from both the sides in Capitol Hill expressed extreme displeasure with the sentencing memo that Jeff put forward. According to what Sessions proposed, all the suspects who have conducted a serious offense should be charged if their offense can be proved in court. On the contrary, the “Smart on Crime” initiative from Obama works on targeting only people with the most dangerous crimes. Obama’s measure also proposed the reduction of the total number of defendants with nonviolent offenses related to the drug.
The difference in Sessions’ plan is quite clear. His measure does not take into consideration anything if the crime is provable in court. There were a very little number of people who accepted Jeff’s pathetic proposal. Senator Rand Paul was one of the first people who raised their voices against Sessions’ orders. Rand Paul is known for his liberal views and his raising a voice was a clear indication of that.
He said in a statement,
“Mandatory minimum sentences have unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated too many minorities for too long,” Paul said. “Attorney General Sessions’ new policy will accentuate that injustice.
Instead, we should treat our nation’s drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a lock-’em-up-and-throw-away-the-key problem.”
The good thing is that not all responses from the democrats are negative. People like Senator Dick Durbin even believe that Sessions’ measure may lead the costs to rise exponentially and have an adverse effect on communities. He said in a statement,
“It’s no coincidence that the Sessions memo was quietly signed on the same day the President was making major headlines for firing FBI Director Comey because of his investigation of Trump — this policy is unjust and unwise and can’t withstand even minimal public scrutiny,”
Senator Bob Casey also talked about the matter on social media saying that the Department of Justice should not focus on prosecuting nonviolent offenders. Instead, it should make efforts to punish those accused of violent crimes.
According to him, and many others, we certainly need to reform the criminal justice system in the US. It is simply unacceptable what Jeff Sessions is trying to do—making his utmost efforts to begin the second war on drugs.