Jeff Sessions has just handed the Democrats a winning issue for this year’s elections. The question is, will our party and candidates be smart enough to embrace it?
By threatening a crackdown on legal marijuana, Sessions and the Trump minority-rule regime in general are once again “standing athwart history, yelling ‘stop'”. The movement to decriminalize marijuana is clearly gathering steam — recreational marijuana is now legal in eight states, and support among the American people has reached 64% — even among Republicans it’s 51%. Tens of millions of ordinary Americans use marijuana routinely, including many who usually vote Republican; some Republicans also balk at the enormous wastage of money represented by enforcement of draconian laws against a drug far less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes.
Yet this is an issue where politicians and the Democratic party have never taken the lead.