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Everyone – except Jeff Sessions, it seems – knows that the War on Drugs has been a failure of massive proportions, but the Attorney General is escalating it anyway.

This week, Sessions ordered federal prosecutors to seek the maximum punishment for drug offenses, reversing policy made under former president Barack Obama that was designed to reduce the number of people convicted of certain lower-level drug crimes being given long jail terms.

In a memo to federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote that the change “affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency.”

The memo urged prosecutors to file “the most serious, readily provable” charges that carry the most substantial punishment, including mandatory minimum sentences.

Reversing attempts at reform

Sessions’ directive rescinds guidance by his predecessor, Eric Holder, who told prosecutors they could leave drug quantities out of charging documents in some cases to avoid charging suspects with crimes that trigger long sentences.

The goal of Holder’s 2013 initiative, known as “Smart on Crime,” was to encourage shorter sentences for nonviolent drug offenders and to reserve Justice Department resources for more serious and violent criminals. This change led to a steep decline in the federal prison population, which dropped from nearly 220,000 to 190,000. Nearly half of those inmates are locked up for drug crimes, reports the Associated Press.

Under federal law, mandatory sentences for drug-related offenses range from 5 years to life in prison and are based on the quantity of drugs involved.

“Smart on Crime” allowed judges discretion to set sentences lower than those mandatory punishments.

In announcing his policy, Holder said at the time, “With an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate — not merely to warehouse and forget.”

Prosecutors were directed instead to focus on the most serious offenses.

Now that will change.

From the Associated Press:

The memo concedes there will be cases in which “good judgment” will warrant a prosecutor veering from that rule. And Sessions said it gives prosecutors “discretion to avoid sentences that would result in an injustice.”

But any exceptions will need to be approved by top supervisors, and the reasons must be documented, allowing the Justice Department to track the handling of such cases by its 94 U.S. attorney’s offices.

And even if they opt not to pursue the most serious charges, prosecutors are still required to provide judges with all the details of a case when defendants are sentenced, which could lengthen prison terms.

Critics respond to changes

Sessions’ changes will subject more lower-level offenders to unfairly harsh mandatory minimum sentences, critics said.

While wanting to reduce violent crime and overdose deaths is admirable, the long and troubled history of the war on drugs should serve as a cautionary tale, opponents pointed out.

Barry Pollack, head of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said the new policy “marks a return to the failed policies of past administrations that caused mass incarceration, devastated families and communities, wasted untold millions of dollars and failed to make us any safer.”

“With overall crime rates at historic lows, it is clear that this type of one-dimensional criminal justice system that directs prosecutors to give unnecessarily long and unfairly harsh sentences to people whose behavior does not call for it did not work,” said Udi Ofer, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Campaign for Smart Justice.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also criticized the change, stating that mandatory minimums have “unfairly and disproportionately incarcerated too many minorities for too long.”

“Attorney General Sessions new policy will accentuate that injustice. Instead we should treat our nation’s drug epidemic as a health crisis and less as a lock ‘em up and throw away the key problem,” Paul said.

Brett Tolman, a U.S. Attorney for Utah under President George W. Bush, said in a statement anticipating the policy change:

“The Justice Department’s expected shift to prosecuting and incarcerating more offenders, including low-level and drug offenders, is an ineffective way to protect public safety. Decades of experience shows we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way out of America’s drug problem. Instead, we must direct resources to treatment and to specifically combating violent crime. This will help law enforcement do our jobs better.”

Michael Collins, deputy director at the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement emailed to NPR,

“This is a disastrous move that will increase the prison population, exacerbate racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and do nothing to reduce drug use or increase public safety. Sessions is taking the country back to the 1980s by escalating the failed policies of the drug war.”

FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization fighting for smart sentencing laws that protect public safety, also issued a statement in response to Sessions’ memo, saying:

While we appreciate the attorney general’s commitment to reducing crime and combating dangerous opioid abuse, we think his strategy is misguided, unsupported by evidence, and likely to do more harm than good. Indeed, the drug epidemic challenging our country today is a devastating indictment of the one-size-fits-all punishment regime that General Sessions seeks to expand. His charging memo throws decades of improved techniques and technologies out of the window in favor of a failed approach.

We know how this story ends. At the beginning, we are told that mandatory minimums will be reserved for the “worst of the worst”—cartel leaders and kingpins, and violent gang leaders. But then we will watch prosecutors demand and get mandatory life sentences for people like Evans Ray and 15-year sentences for first-time offenders suffering from addiction like Mandy Martinson. Even under the Obama administration’s Smart-on-Crime initiative, federal prosecutors secured a 10-year mandatory sentence for Robyn Hamilton, a young mother of two, whose case was called “the poster child” for mandatory minimum sentencing reform.

The simple fact is that 93 percent of individuals who receive mandatory minimum sentences played no leadership role in their offense. Crafted purportedly for sharks, mandatory minimums catch lots of minnows. (To read the rest of the statement, click here.)

Sessions has long been a Drug War supporter

This memo from Sessions should come as no surprise, as he has talked about his desire to amp up the war on drugs for months. Back in November, we reported that Sessions has long been a very vocal opponent of cannabis legalization – even for medicinal purposes. He has also stated that he is a “big fan of the DEA” and is a strong supporter of civil asset forfeiture, the government practice of seizing property when it has allegedly been involved in a crime. In April 2015, during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on reforming federal civil asset forfeiture laws, Sessions opposed ANY reform. He claimed police groups across the country told him civil asset forfeiture is an important law enforcement tool. Ending the sharing of seized cash with local departments “would be a huge detriment to law enforcement,” Sessions said.

Today, Sessions gave a speech regarding his memo.

Note that both in the memo and in this speech, Sessions does not mention States’ rights at all.

Under federal law, cannabis remains illegal.

When Sessions says we are “returning to the enforcement of laws passed by Congress, plain and simple” what exactly does that mean?

What about states that have legalized cannabis?

The DEA runs a Cannabis Eradication Program which is largely funded by civil asset forfeiture. States that have legalized marijuana are not immune from that program: In 2015, seizures continued in Washington and Oregon. Full state breakdowns have not been provided, but a DEA spokesman said that just under 36,000 marijuana plants were destroyed in Washington last year at a cost to federal taxpayers of about $950,000, or roughly $26 per plant.

It looks like that will not change.

Back in February, Sean Spicer warned us that the Trump administration would be cracking down on cannabis – even in states that have legalized or decriminalized recreational use.

Sessions states that over 52,000 people have died of drug overdoses- is he including deaths from prescription opiates?

He discusses the heroin epidemic (which was fueled in part by over-prescribing of opiates). That is a legitimate concern. Yet, the DEA is still trying to list kratom, a plant with a long history of safe use that has been shown to help heroin and opiate addicts, under Schedule I. In states with legal marijuana, deaths from opioids have plummeted, yet that plant remains under Schedule I.

Sessions also mentions that  drug trafficking is a “dangerous and violent” business. That is true, but a major reason is because drugs are illegal. The legalization of cannabis in some states has already started to kill cartels in those regions. Full legalization would provide safer access to drugs.

In the memo, Sessions says, “For this reason, disrupting and dismantling those drug organizations through prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act can drive violent crime down.” It is important to remember that cannabis remains listed under the Controlled Substances Act’s most restrictive category: Schedule I.

While Sessions is correct that violent crime has been rising a bit in recent years, it still remains at historic lows.

Repealing all drug prohibition would likely be far more effective than more strict enforcement.

As Melissa Dykes wrote in February:

Not only does opioid addiction go down in states that legalize as has been verified by statistics, but if there is any “violence” around marijuana, it’s due entirely to the black market created by the phony drug war, not the actual drug itself, as pointed out by chairman of the drug policy reform group Marijuana Majority Tom Angell:

“By talking about marijuana and violence, the attorney general is inadvertently articulating the strongest argument that exists for legalization, which is that it allows regulated markets in a way that prohibition does not.”

Prohibition keeps drug cartels in business and needlessly puts thousands of Americans behind bars.

Also in February, Sessions announced that he rescinded an Obama administration decision to phase out the use of private prisons. In a Feb. 21 memo, Sessions wrote that the Obama move had “impaired” the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s “ability to meet the future needs of the federal correctional system.” What those “needs” are isn’t specified, but I think it is safe to assume the crackdown on drug-related crime plays a major role.

Where do we go from here?

Earlier this year, at least two bipartisan bills to end federal regulation of marijuana were introduced, and there are many others that are pending.

Last Friday, President Trump signed an appropriations bill that includes the renewal of a rider that bars the Justice Department from interfering with the implementation of state laws allowing medical use of marijuana, but there’s a catch. As Jacob Sullum of Reason writes,

But Trump signaled in a signing statement that he may decide to ignore that restriction, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, notwithstanding his repeatedly expressed support for medical marijuana and for respecting state policy choices in this area.

“Division B, section 537 provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories,” Trump says in the signing statement. “I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

The implication is that Trump’s duty to enforce the federal ban on marijuana, which makes no exception for medical use, could compel him to disregard the bill’s limits on the use of DOJ money.

However, Congress shares some of the blame for the continued existence of federal sentencing laws, as C.J. Ciaramella of Reason points out:

Lawmakers in Congress had a golden window of opportunity over the past three years to revise federal sentencing laws—with bipartisan winds at their back and a friendly administration in White House—and failed miserably. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t bring a reform bill to the Senate floor, despite significant compromises to assuage tough-on-crime Republicans like Tom Cotton (R-AR). House leadership, meanwhile, waited for the Senate to move before it brought up a slate of criminal justice bills that had passed out of the House Judiciary Committee. Which of course it never did.

In a statement about the DOJ sentencing and policy change, Mark Holden, chairman of the non-profit, non-partisan group Freedom Partners, offered a glimmer of hope:

“We favor a different approach which requires changing some of the existing federal laws. Fortunately, there are already federal reform bills from last year that have broad bipartisan support that will address this issue. These reforms are consistent with those enacted by many states the past 10 years. The states have proven that communities and law enforcement are safer when the punishment fits the crime through sentencing reforms. There are less costly and more effective ways to help low level offenders who aren’t a threat to public safety other than incarceration.

“This is also an issue that receives overwhelming public support from across the political spectrum. In one recent poll, 81 percent of voters who supported President Trump described criminal justice reform as an important priority. The states have shown that you can reduce crime rates and reduce incarceration rates at the same time, keep communities safer and families together, while also using taxpayer dollars more effectively. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress on these vitally important issues.”

Will any of the pending bills that seek to fully legalize cannabis at the federal level pass? There isn’t a lot of incentive for politicians to pass them, considering that the War on Drugs is immensely profitable, especially when you factor in civil asset forfeiture and for-profit prisons – two things that will also be here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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  • Uncle Sham

    you guys left out the part about this being applied to drug dealers and not mere possession

    • Jas

      That’s the problem with ‘quantity’, they lower it low enough so that average end users can be charged as dealers even though they don’t sell. Which is exactly what has been happening. Sessions was heavily conected to the for profit prison industry before, not sure about now.

      • Uncle Sham

        all prisons are “for profit”….private or public…

      • Now he’s connected to a bigger part of the prison industry.

    • tropicgirl

      Its squarely aimed at legalized pot and growers.

      Competition for the CIA, that’s all…

      • They aren’t legalized on the federal level where he works.

      • The CIA is far more interested in high value opiates from Afghanistan by way of Columbia than a weed that grows everywhere we let it.

  • dav1bg

    Harsher sentencing on the bankers who launder drug money is the real war on drugs. All else is just fluff.

    • The bankers love all the money they make laundering drug money for the CIA.

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  • tonye

    Rep Rohrabacher is a solid conservative and he supports a change on the “war on drugs”. Like many Conservatives in California. Trump and Sessions should not ignore him.

    In Orange County, we’ve had judges and politiicans, all conservative, warning for at least 25 years that we need to stop the War on Drugs as it is.

    I’mn not writing about progressives from SF and LA, I’m talking about solid conservatives and libertarians who realize that current drug laws are nuts.

    • Thinking that conservatives and libertarians can politically coexist is a form of ignorance that borders on mental illness. It will probably show up in DSM-5.X

      • Marlow Mosier

        But they can collaborate on issues where they agree, just as in the past when the left was anti-war, libertarians and the left could cooperate. I don’t know if there is anything conservatives and leftists can agree on other than than both want a massive government which will allow them to continue gorging themselves at the public trough – they just disagree on what programs they want to force on the public.

        • Let me guess that you still haven’t mustered the courage to take the test and figure out where you really are, politically.
          Go ahead, I promise that it won’t hurt at all. theadvocates.org/quiz/quiz.php

          • Marlow Mosier

            Let me guess. Your poor upbringing prompts you to hurl unsubstantiated insults at people with whom you could otherwise be an ally. Rothbard also advocated working in political alliances with both the left and the right where to do so could advance the libertarian cause. But maybe you know better than him. BTW, your little quiz – originally known as The Nolan Chart – has been around since the 70’s. Everyone who has been involved with the libertarian movement for a good length of time is familiar with it.

          • David Nolan didn’t create the quiz, just the chart. Marshall Fritz updated the chart and created the quiz. The libertarian movement was dispatched by the co-option by republicans in the late 90’s, as evidenced by Gary Johnson, who is as libertarian as Hitler was. Those who argue over theory have never been my allies. Rothbard preceded the LP, and his theory is about as dry as it got.

          • Marlow Mosier

            I’m not sure what your point is but I was never addressing theory. I agree the LP is a disgrace, having become GOP lite. A long as libertarians/anarchists don’t compromise on principle I don’t see the problem with allying with anyone on any issue in which they take a libertarian position. BTW, I know Marshall changed the quiz. In fact he gave me lots of them to hand out.

          • Marshall changed the chart, rotating it 45 degrees counterclockwise, to make the left-right spectrum stick out for clarity to those stuck on it. I bought hundreds of them to pass out and left them laying around and stuck in library books. I tried, unsuccessfully, to get him to try several other versions that I thought would be efficacious, but he was a bit prudish in his outreach. He was very nice man and I miss him.

    • Sam Fox

      tonye, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition agrees with those conservatives.

      Those who have yet to find out why cannabis was REALLY made illegal can go to the Drug War Rant site–

      http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/why-is-marijuana-illegal/

      Also at DWR there is a growing list of innocents who have been killed by cops during botched drug raids. Cops even flash banged a baby in a crib.
      SamFox

  • tropicgirl

    He’d have to shut down all the CIA bases, around the world, that exist to run drugs, weapons and children.

    All he is doing is trying to shut down American home grown… because its competition for the drug-running CIA. Like the so-called war against the Mexican drug cartel competitors.

    The ‘wars’ in Afghanistan and North Korea have to do with procuring drugs…

    The man is a disgusting hypocrite.

    • The CIA doesn’t have bases. They have plenty of embassies to work out of.

  • Anon Q

    Only a complete idiot doesn’t notice that the “war on drugs” is and has been a complete and dismal failure. And this jack ass thinks longer jail sentances is going to do anything to lessen the problem? What a dope.

    • It has been highly successful for the CIA. By keeping drugs illegal, the prices have stayed high, increasing the amount of black market profits for the spooks that depend on black market profits to fund their black projects.

  • Jeri Brace

    I live in Colorado so no guessing what I do in some of my spare time, lol.
    Sessions might as well throw in the towel when congress tells him he will get $0 Dollars to wage his “Just say no”! Sequel.

    • That isn’t very likely given the hold that the neo-cons have on the warfare market.

  • Renee Ciccioni

    Of course all of the billionaire owned private prisons will now provide the greedy billionaire class all of the cheap slave labor that they have pined for since the creation of labor laws and hey the CIA can do like they did in the late eighties , flood all of the low income neighborhoods with drugs , perfect entrapment and the private prison stocks will soar hey I wonder if our commander and billionaire owns stock in such hummm.

    • It still costs more to provide room and board to a federal prisoner than it does to maintain a robot.

  • Remember kids, you cannot be trusted to be responsible for your own actions, so we’ll jail you for trying drugs, even though you know what you are doing. Ridiculous.

    • It doesn’t matter whether they know what they are doing if they don’t know what the government is about to do to them.

      • How so?

        • Because if they are so ignorant that they don’t know that drugs are illegal regardless of any post doctoral knowledge that they might have, it won’t change what the government will do to them if they catch them in possession thereof.

  • jimmy joe

    This fucking little man, with little man syndrome REALLY needs a bullet to the head, pronto!! We the people just have to go along with it,eh?? We do not have a choice?? KILL IT, KILL THEM ALL, LET trump sort ’em out!! KILL THEM ALL!!!

    • Smarty

      Um…. Jimmy Joe….you do know that Trump actually picked the reptile man for the position, right ??

      • jimmy joe

        1st of all, I do NOT fall for the left/right democan republicrat narrative, 2 I also am aware how many sheeple consider “him” their “god”, so, its nothing more than a play on words, but you already knew that!!!

        • Lewie Paine

          You realize trump is a Republican, not a libertarian, right?

          • Freespirit

            TRUMP is NOT anything politically. He is a Globalist, which I already knew by the company he keeps. One cannot be Political and a Globalist at the same time. Globalists have no preference EXCEPT Wealth and POWER

            He also admitted it, when he said he is a Republican and a Globalist a TOTAL contradiction

          • So you are saying that he is something that you say is a contradiction? Sounds pretty oxymoronic.

          • Freespirit

            Maybe……..Maybe not

          • And you’d rather not say until you figure out whether your specious premise can be defended or not?

          • Freespirit

            I realize Zionists Jews don’t learn very well or very quickly ( 109 countries attest to that) but maybe DORTHY of KANSAS can get those brain cells of yours working –

            Time to REVISIT AMERICA when you were a child:

            http://whale.to/c/wizard_of_oz1.html

            We are done now BUT I give you a C for effort and thanks for trying.

          • It is irrelevant how fast Zionists (sic) Jews learn if you aren’t one, and I’m neither. Have you ever personally known either? Thank you for the confirmation of your traverse. I love winning.

          • Freespirit

            MANY. including Muslims and Christians but time to go now as I can judge you didn’t even read the link which only verifies what I say about your learning ability

            I have better uses for my time, thank you

          • I spend more time writing an essay about the movie and the book that it came from than you have spent reasoning the silliness out of your specious premise.

          • Freespirit

            AND I have spent MOST of my 77 years fighting this fight against our Zionist Freemason enemies, in wasy you cannot imagine, AND while you may not have even been a “twinkle” in your parents eyes.

            Once again, you are welcome

          • It seems like a waste of mostly 77 years, fighting enemies that only exist in your imagination.
            wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogo_(comic_strip)#/media/File:Pogo_-_Earth_Day_1971_poster.jpg

          • Freespirit

            Thank you for verifying what I suspected.

            Any person,man or woman, who is 62 and still denies WHO is controlling us is either a TROLL or UNINFORMED and thus NOT worthy of debate on the issue.

            I may be 15 years ahead of you chronologically but am 30 years ahead of you in knowledge.

            You know as well as I there is a tremendous amount of information on the internet proving who controls us, so to deny it makes you a great candidate for being a TROLL

            My only question, which, like debating with you, I shall not trouble myself about, is WHAT is your REAL MOTIVE for denying the obvious :-).

          • If all of that is true, your experience should enable you to provide copious evidence that the World Health Organization is controlling us. Your refusal to do so makes you more of a troll than I have ever been qualified to be.

          • Freespirit

            If you wish to believe so, that’s ok

          • I’ll pass. If I were interested in believing in things that don’t exist and never happened, there are a lot more interesting things than your unproven and unprovable invisible enemies.

          • Freespirit

            You’re welcome

          • Freespirit

            I agree with you about Muslims and have spent many years with them, including as Girlfriends, in Africa

          • You could be Obama’s daddy!?

          • Freespirit

            One never knows,does one !

          • I wouldn’t brag about it, if I were.

          • He is keeping totally different company now than he did before he won the presidency. Name a single globalist that isn’t a politician.

          • Trump is about as much a Republican as Hitler was.

          • Lewie Paine

            In the US, trump is the current figurehead for the right wing of the Established one party system. Hitler was to the right as well. If that’s what you mean.

          • I mean that they were and are both fascists.

          • Lewie Paine

            Agree.

          • Your avatar represents a point of view that isn’t on the Diamond Chart, but if it had been, it would have exited by the top corner, where I test at. As much as political activism has shaped me, I find that I prefer my absence from it to as great a degree as I can arrange it.

          • Most Americans don’t understand the difference between a liberal and a conservative, so they’d be completely in the dark about the difference between either of them and classic liberals, which is what most of the founders of this republic are, and which are called libertarians now. Those who want to know the difference can find it simply explained at theadvocates.org/quiz/quiz.php

          • Lewie Paine

            Considering that today, liberals aren’t liberal and conservatives aren’t conservative and that there is no substantial difference between neo-cons and neo-libs, it’s understandable.

          • Oh, but they are, based on the contemporaneous definitions of liberalism and conservatism. Only classic liberals are still classic liberals, because their basic values haven’t changed since Locke and Smith lent them.

          • Neo has become a synonym for progressive,

      • He picked him off the list of the qualified candidates supplied by the neo-cons that said they’d let him live.

    • Freespirit

      Now that is the kind of revolution I’m for, where ONLY the bad guys, NOT ordinary citizens, get “snuffed.”

      I’ll gladly chip in for the weapons and bullets, if the result is guaranteed !

      Are you related to Patrick Henry 🙂

      • The only true revolution is a return to the way that things used to be, and all that would take is a reinstallation and firm enforcement of the Constitution. That will never happen as long as the majority of We the People neither support nor defend it.

        • Freespirit

          UNTIL the House of Windsor, House of Rothschild and Vatican are REMOVED from our lives, PERMANENTLY, NO document will make our lives better – PERIOD !

          • How are the House of Windsor, House of Rothschild and Vatican involved in your life beyond your vivid imagination spurred on by vicious propaganda?

          • Freespirit

            Humpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall.

            Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall.

            All the Kings Horses and,

            All the Kings Men

            Couldn’t Put Humpty Dumpty back together again !!

            The MORAL of the story?

            Please come back again when you have less time but thanks for responding

          • In other words, you are traversing to my premise that your imagination is the only source of evidence for an effect on your life stemming from the House of Windsor, House of Rothschild or the Vatican?

  • Freespirit

    THAT’S the way to keep ordinary people from COMPETING with the UNITED STATES Drug EMPIRE and also keeping the CORPORATE Prisons in business

    ALL Hail – U S A, U S A, U S A, keeping America Great ………..still !!!

  • G’ma G

    “In a memo to federal prosecutors, Sessions wrote that the change “affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency.”
    Yeah because the law is never wrong…

    • The law is the law. It is up to judicial officers to determine whether it is right or wrong. Can I safely assume that you have no formal education in the operation of the law in this country?

      • G’ma G

        Of course you can assume all you like but you would be wrong.

        • Then you were defrauded for the tuition.

          • G’ma G

            The fraud is in the gaming of our judicial system.

          • You attended school in a courtroom?

          • The vast majority of Americans don’t know enough to enter into the judicial system, let alone game it. That ignorance leaves it at the mercy of those who do.

  • eunsuh

    the criminally insane want to dish out harsh punishment because they are so benevolent, wise and empathic to our needs /s.

    They are criminals, and they are insane, egotistical evil and dangerous people….all of the government officials, especially the politician. Just look at them and listen to them speak….they are dark, murderous and lying sub-humans….no doubt about it. You can always judge them on their actions….which are typically the opposite of what they say. And their inactions speak the loudest.

    Just look at Sessions, and then look at Obama….side by side. Those two are not human…something about them that is scary.

    I’m sick of the MFers….how they proclaim to be doing good and caring for us. Nothing is further from the truth.

    Trump offers us nothing. He bellows like a giant windbag without substance. They (red and blue) are all in concert with each other with their stage and acting shenanigans. Don’t think for a moment that any of the BS coming from their mouths is truth. They are all lies and distractions. Because if they were really concerned with immigration, banker fraud/theft, releasing confidential information, bribery, terrorist….their would be tangible results in the way of harsh actions for their own in-house criminals.

    So you see Sessions standing up their declaring that he will punish us severely when his own house and the rest of government are so obviously corrupt and above-the-law. How sickening is that. Where is the justice for us? Perhaps Sessions will meet his own demise from one those scary drug people. One could only hope….

    • TrevorD

      “and they are insane”
      Yes……

    • Freespirit

      There are only two “groups” of people who fit the characteristics you talk about- Zionist AHSKENAZIM Jews and Freemasons

  • TrevorD

    “This is a disastrous move that will increase the prison population,”
    No so disastrous if you are profiting from it. I would buy some shares if i didnt possess some ethics.
    “Trump presidency is providing a great opportunity to buy prison stocks”
    marketwatch.com

    • When you aren’t doing anything wrong, it is not unethical to take advantage of other people’s ignorance and bad luck. Someone will profit and it isn’t unethical to be the one who has the necessary foresight to earn the inevitable profit.

  • If someone were to escalate the prosecution of traitors, he’d join his friends on the gallows.

  • Jeri Brace

    wish sessions could go back to 1937 & stay there!

    • He would be as popular as Twain’s Connecticut yankee in King Arthur’s court.

  • Americans who think it is right to cage people for inhaling the smoke from certain plants, are every bit as insane as Muslims who want to punish people for eating pork chops.

    • How many muslims do you personally know who want to punish anyone for anything?

      • Freespirit

        Zero sounds good to me

        • Additional proof that it is all your imagination.

          • Freespirit

            Happy to see you recognize GENIUS

          • Genius is a very easy thing to imagine you have when you are a narcissist like yourself.

          • Freespirit

            you’re welcome

      • Do you have a problem with reading comprehension?
        Go back and read what I wrote again.

        • Seems like you are doing a pretty good job of self-diagnosis, doctor. I don’t know anyone who wants to punish people for inhaling the smoke from certain plants or for eating pork, let alone being muslim, or not. Isn’t that what American freedom was originally based on?

  • Sam Fox

    Looks like Sessions is influenced by big tobacco.

    https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/03/01/jeff-sessions-may-hate-cannabis-but-he-sure-loves-big-tobacco/

    Here is a list of session donors that I am sure contains other groups that profit from the illegality of cannabis.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2010&cid=N00003062&newMem=N&recs=20

    SamFox

    • It would be more likely to be opiates like his southern buddy Billy.

  • livefree1200cc

    Sessions is usually a pretty smart guy, but he is clueless about the failed war on drugs

  • Jimmy Yost

    It’s just like Dr. Paul Craig Roberts said in an interview a few years ago: “If you give someone power they’re going to use it.”