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BY BECKY BOHRER
Photo by Vortex Farmacy.
BY BECKY BOHRER
The never-ending campaign mode that long ago swallowed American politics and turned elected officials into full-time development directors (their foundation’s goal this season: themselves) in search of the best billionaire to serve as their ATM has at least one benefit in the age of Trump: It’s campaign season!
People are planning for life after Trump, and so should you (provided there is life on earth, at all, after 2020. No promises!). And with a solid majority of Americans signaling time and again their preference for an America with legal weed, as POLITICO’s Carla Marinucci predicts, whomever succeeds Donald Trump and takes over the renovated White House will almost certainly be sympathetic to legalization.
Barring indictment by grand jury, a change in temperament and a preference for playing golf in Russia, or the end of civilization as we know it, Donald Trump will face some currently well-known Democrat in just slightly more than three years time in the 2020 election.
At the height of the Reagan presidency, Americans were consumed by a cresting Cold War with the Soviet Union, an unprecedented, menacing anti-drug campaign, a burgeoning public health crisis known as AIDS, and, oh yeah, a blockbuster of a movie Back to the Future.
If you missed the 1985 flick, just know that Rotten Tomatoes scores it at 96 percent, and it’s considered a comedy classic. Once a clever movie made in the service of fun, its undertones now reanimate the unbelievable—the Trump administration’s retro ‘War on Drugs.’
In the service of avengement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has coveted a return to the Reagan era, including policies that propelled mass incarceration and funded the private prison industry. Remarked Sessions, “I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life.”
BY JILL COVIN AND JONATHAN LEMIRE
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic.
The Washington Post has obtained transcripts of two “get-to-know-you” phone conversations Trump had with foreign leaders shortly after he was inaugurated: one with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and another with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Both phone calls turned contentious and embarrassing—a sign of what was to come with the erratic loser of the popular vote, Donald Trump.
In his heated conversation with President Peña Nieto, Trump blasted Mexico’s president over the flow of illegal drugs across the border into the U.S., according to a transcript of the call, published by the Washington Post.
The president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by Chris Christie, issued a preliminary report, which called on Trump to “declare a national emergency” and advocated for more measures to increase addiction treatment and reduce the supply of illicit fentanyl.
The report pointed out all the staggering statistics that we already know and abhor about opiate abuse and overdoses.
“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day,” the report noted, “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s drug commission has called on him to declare a national emergency to deal with the country’s opioid drug epidemic.
The commission sent an initial report to the Republican president on Monday saying the approximately 142 deaths each day from drug overdoses mean the death toll is “equal to September 11th every three weeks.”
The report is “meant to give the president some immediate steps that he can take to try to make sure that we stop the death that is happening across the country,” said Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was appointed by Trump to lead the group.
Many people in the mainstream are recoiling in horror at recent remarks by the 45th occupant[*] of the White House to a group of assembled police officers in Suffolk County, New York:
“Now, we’re getting them out anyway, but we’d like to get them out a lot faster. And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon—you just see them thrown in, rough—I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody—don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, OK?”
Trump even says that we’re going to “support our police like our police have never been supported before” because “the laws are stacked against us, but we’re ending that.”
Jared Kushner—Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor with zero political experience… just like his boss—is apparently involved in discussions over potential changes to the criminal justice system, including mandatory minimum sentencing, which has ruined the lives of countless non-violent drug offenders.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who adores harsh sentencing, is furiously pushing his pitiless, tough-on-crime agenda.
If fresh-faced Kushner can stay out of trouble himself over his meetings with Russians, endless financial conflicts of interest and corruption scandals, he apparently wants to discuss a thing or two with the “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions about tossing people into prison and throwing away the key.
There are concerns that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will get serious about imposing a federal marijuana crackdown after seeing the results of a national pot policy review set to be submitted later this week by the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety.
At the beginning of April, Sessions issued a memo calling for the assembly of a special task force charged with unearthing any possible connection between legal weed and increased violent crime. Those recommendations, according to the language of the directive, are to be delivered to Sessions’ desk no later than this Thursday, July 27.
Drug policy experts like Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason Magazine, believe a federal marijuana crackdown is unlikely to happen because it “would contradict Trump’s campaign promises, cause an uproar among state officials across the country, and provoke strong objections from members of Congress who represent states with legal pot.”