Marijuana is Not a Key Factor in The Deadly Drug World
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly minimized any suggested hypocrisy of President Donald Trump Cabinet leaders saying Sunday “marijuana is not a factor in the drug world,” despite US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ past tough talk on state movements to legalize the drug medicinally and recreationally.
Secretary Kelly says his focus is on the “deadly” drugs coming from Latin American countries like Mexico.
“Three things – methamphetamine, almost all produced in Mexico; heroin, virtually all produced in Mexico; and cocaine that comes up from further south, those 3 drugs result in the death I think last year of 52,000 people. You cannot put a price on human misery. The costs to the United States is over $250-B a year,” General Kelly said.
General Kelly considers himself a crusader against illegal, deadly drugs even as a 4-Star USMC General and now as DHS Secretary, 2 places that historically do not battle the Drug War.
“I got almost no interest from the last administration, as much as I railed about it,” General Kelly said of his unique focus on drugs, despite the role of DHS being more pointed to immigration and security. “Just start the process of getting after this drug demand. President Trump has recognized this and taken it on.”
General Kelly stressed his interest on getting to the root of America’s drug problems over merely cracking down on dealers, users, addiction, and crime in the US, things more in USAG Session’s wheelhouse.
“The solution is not arresting a lot of users,” General Kelly said. “The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill, and then rehabilitation, and then law enforcement, and then getting at the poppy fields, and the coca fields in the South.”
General Kelly’s delegitimizing of marijuana as “not a factor in the drug world” points out what seems to be inconsistencies in The Trump Administration’s outlook
US AG Sessions’ Justice Department (DOJ) has launched a review of federal policy on marijuana, something that has concerned marijuana legalization activists and proponents.
Notably, last Thursday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced legislation to let adult possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public, a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana (RM).
PM Trudeau has promised to legalize RM use and sales.
US voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted last year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
The South American nation of Uruguay is the only nation to legalize recreational cannabis.
The proposed law allows 4 plants to be grown at home. Those under 18 anni found with less than 5 grams of marijuana would not face criminal charges but those who sell it or give to youth could face up to 14 years in jail.
Officials said Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally by 1 July 2018. The legislation must be approved by Parliament but with PM Trudeau’s Liberal party holding a majority its passage in considered assured.
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