Is Trump Relaxing The War On Drugs?

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.

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9 Responses to Is Trump Relaxing The War On Drugs?

  1. Douglas Hall says:

    Trump should relax the War on Smokers. In Canada, smoking pot will soon be legal, so why not the US and UK? But some municipalities like Banf and Hampstead are fearful that people will pretend to be smoking pot when in fact they are smoking tobacco.

  2. Douglas Hall says:

    In Canada, we will have indoor cannabis lounges. I will visit these lounges to try and get away with
    smoking tobacco instead. Might get a little high, but that’s healthier than freezing my butt off outside.

  3. RdM says:

    “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 “

    Maybe a few well crafted polite, erudite, well researched, undeniably accurately representative of the actual state of affairs, letters directly to the President, might not go amiss?

    It was scientists writing directly to the president that got the atomic bomb funded…
    It took some influence to get the audiences though.

    I digress…

    But I think he may simply be unaware of the history of anti-smoking, and the forces aligned with Tobacco Control, in the USA, the whole EPA thing, all the players.
    Too busy. Not on his radar.

    Some well crafted education might trigger an interest and response.
    It would have to be well thought out and worked on.

    But he is the personality at the top. Bring it to his attention.
    Easier said than done.
    But still… to cut through to the top with well reasoned, cogent, factual arguments, evidence.


  4. beobrigitte says:

    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.
    I don’t hold my breath. There is much pressure to legalise marijuana and Trump may well have tried some in his youth. Trump neither drinks or smokes.
    Btw, today is Trump’s (and one of my sibling’s) 72 birthday.

  5. waltc says:

    Meanwhile, the ban on smoking in all public housing has been allowed to go into effect and the head of the FDA is seriously proposing reducing the nicotine in cigarettes down to almost zero and outlawing menthol and all flavors of ecigs.

    • Joe L. says:

      FYI, the comment period for the FDA’s proposal to lower the nicotine levels in cigarettes has been extended to July 16. My comment has finally posted; it took a couple weeks.

      Contrary to previous information, comments can be posted anonymously and no email address is required. For those who haven’t done so yet, I suggest you take some time to write a thoughtful comment. While they may fall on deaf ears (or blind eyes), it’s better to have our voices heard than to remain silent.

      Click “Comment Now” on the right margin.

  6. John says:

    American Thinker, yesterday the topic was smoking bans. Today the topic is vaping should be normalized. Here is the link, it is ripe for comments of all sorts.

    Here is an interesting theory – and there is additional information, including the 20% rule, that no matter how much you try to demonize smoking, 20% is the baseline and you cannot go below that.

    Here is one of MANY interesting facts and theories cited – see article for much more:

    On Vaping, the Trump Administration Is Offering Some Hope

    “…Bruce Yandle, an economics professor at Clemson University, and others developed a simple, but logical, public regulatory concept called the “Bootlegger and Baptist” theory. It theorizes that for a regulation to emerge and endure, both the “Bootleggers,” who seek to obtain private benefits from the regulation, and the “Baptists,” who seek to serve the public interest, must support the regulation. The public health/tobacco ecosystem has Bootleggers (Big Pharma and Big Tobacco), as well as Baptists (public health zealots and nonprofits). In this case, the Federal and State governments not only make law, but are individually dual participants as both a Bootlegger (billions in cigarette money) and a Baptist (protect citizens and fund other Baptists). …”

    The article is RIPE for comments. Ripe.


  7. smokingscot says:

    Almost as if they can read your mind Frank. Here’s a report linking a spike in lung issues with mature women who use Skunk or Skunk and Tobacco.

    So their pushback starts.

  8. Lepercolonist says:

    Most Americans are against hard drugs (heroin, fentanyl, meth, coke) but not marijuana. Maybe Trump finally acknowledges this fact.

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