This surprised me:
8 June 2018
President Donald Trump told a gaggle of reporters Friday that he will “probably” support efforts by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) to end the federal ban on marijuana in states that have legalized it.
“I support Sen. Gardner,” the president said before departing for the G-7 summit in Canada, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times. “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”
President Trump has taken a hard line against drugs. In March, he proposed that the death penalty be made available in prosecutions of drug traffickers.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed an Obama-era policy of not enforcing the federal marijuana ban in states that had voted to legalize the drug for medicinal or recreational use, allowing federal prosecutors in each state to use their own discretion.
In response to that decision, Garnder threatened to hold up future nominations for positions in the Department of Justice. He backed down after he said Trump had agreed not to intervene in states that had legalized the drug, and said privately that he would support Garnder’s legislation.
Friday’s statement, however, was the first time Trump had made that support public.
I’m surprised because non-smoking Trump has been sounding more like a classic drug warrior than anything since taking office. So this comes as something of a turnabout.
But Trump is a very street-savvy guy, and probably knows perfectly well that lots of Americans have been smoking grass for much of their lives, while holding down steady jobs and raising families and generally being pillars of society. He probably knows hundreds of them, and has talked to them about it. He’s probably been to countless parties where people have been openly smoking it.
So it looks to me to be a politically astute move to end the federal ban on marijuana. It’ll win him new friends among pot smokers. And new voters as well.
But perhaps this is the Trump modus operandi? You come on strong against something, engage in a lot of sabre-rattling, and then offer a peaceful way out of what looks like an impasse.
It’s what he did with Kim Jung Un. There was a time, back last September or October, when it looked like things were heading towards a nuclear war, as Kim fired missiles over Japan, and detonated nuclear weapons. But now that they’ve just met up in Singapore, it’s all smiles, and people have started to talk about an end to one of the longest-running wars in history – the Korean war -, the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, the normalisation of trade, and the rapid economic development of backward North Korea, and maybe even the unification of North and South Korea.
The economic development of North Korea would be a new gold rush. A complete new infrastructure of roads and railways and airports and industries would need to be set up. Hotels too. And most likely South Korean entrepreneurs would be the biggest winners. But maybe Russia would be a winner as well, since it shares a border with North Korea.
How about doing the same with Cuba, or Venezuela?
He’s winning admirers:
Britain’s foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he admires President Donald J. Trump’s hard-nosed way of dealing with European Union (EU) bureaucrats, warning of a betrayal of the Brexit vote unless the UK learns from him.
“I am increasingly admiring of Donald Trump. I have become more and more convinced that there is method in his madness,” said Boris Johnson, the former Conservative Mayor of London, in leaked comments made at a private event.
But going back to the drug war, which looked like it was getting ramped up under the Trump regime, maybe this is Trump at work again: ramp up the war, ramp up the rhetoric, scare the wits out of everybody, and then suddenly step back from the confrontation, and turn into the sweetest of pussycats, to sighs of relief all round.
But if Trump is going to relax the War on Drugs (which is a war that’s been running for as long as the Korean war or the Cold War), will Attorney General Jeff Sessions go along with it?
There are two different views of Sessions in the alt-right media. One view – that of Alex Jones and the folks at Infowars – is that Sessions has been a big disappointment for Trump, ever since he recused himself from Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. They say that he’s been pretty much asleep at the wheel, only really getting active to cranking up the War on Drugs again. And they say that both Sessions and Mueller need to be fired, and don’t understand why Trump isn’t doing that.
The other view of Sessions is the one that emerges via the mysterious Q (or QAnon), which is that not only is Jeff Sessions doing exactly what Trump wanted him to do, but so also is Robert Mueller, and what is being played out is a very elaborate game that is designed to take out the US Deep State. The elaborate game plan is to fool the media and the Democrats into thinking that Mueller is going to take down Trump, when all he’s doing is pretending to investigate Trump, while actually gradually widening the investigation into, among other things, the Clinton email scandal, James Comey, and other related scandals. According to Q, a lot of people are soon going to find themselves in military courts, indicted of all sorts of high crimes and misdemeanors, including treason. The Mueller investigation is going to blow up in the faces of the US mainstream media and the Democrats.
I’m cautiously hoping that Q is right, and Alex Jones wrong. But I haven’t a clue what’s really going on.
One last thought: if Trump is going to relax that War on Drugs a little, maybe he can spare a thought for all the smokers who have been drawn into the War on Drugs in recent years, and demonised as much as pot smokers ever were.