Ron Paul – The Drug War: Will the Trump Administration OD on Authoritarianism?

By Ron Paul

Last week Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered federal prosecutors in drug cases to seek the maximum penalty authorized by federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Sessions’ order represents a setback to the progress made toward restoring compassion and common sense to the sentencing process over the past few years. Sessions’ action also guarantees that many nonviolent drug law offenders will continue spending more time in prison than murderers.

Sessions’ support for mandatory minimums is no surprise,

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Trump shouldn’t give new life to the War on Drugs, That would be a terrible mistake

First we shouldn’t have a “drug czar.” A drug “king.” Second, the War on Drugs has failed. It’s obviously failed. It destroys lives more than drugs. (I suppose some could argue this point, but it seems to me obvious after having spent years looking at the issue.) We don’t need a king overseeing this quagmire.

Drug addiction should be treated for what it is, a mental health issue. Many of our readers are probably smokers and more importantly former smokers.

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Is Sessions about to reinstitute (stupid) mandatory minimum guides for drugs?

It looks like he is.

The Trump administration is a mixed bag. Good on some things. Bad on others. Another offensive in the drug war would be in the decidedly “bad” part of the equation. Not only is it a waste, the drug war destroys lives. It destroys many more lives than drugs.

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Poll: Voters Want Trump To Respect State Marijuana Laws

The FDR New Dealer who launched the “War on Drugs.” But that’s big government for you.

Drugs are supposed to be an issue left to the states. That is the constitutional position in our estimation. The prohibitionists had to pass an amendment to outlaw booze. Other drugs were basically declared illegal federally by an overreaching Roosevelt administration in the 1930s by fiat. The Feds knew they couldn’t pass an amendment so they just imposed cannabis prohibition. This of course expanded the power of the federal government and gave the government an excuse to poke around in everything like it had during alcohol prohibition.

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Magic Mushrooms May Hold Key to Long-Term Anxiety Relief in Clinical Settings (But the Drug War hampers progress)

“Mushroom” study at Johns Hopkins

I debated whether to post this article but obviously I decided to.

There is very real evidence that many of the drugs that have been demonized in years past, particularly psychedelics, have tremendous potential for alleviating human suffering. Many of these same very powerful drugs of course have great potential for abuse and harm also. But because of bureaucratic stupidity mixed with the innate American tendency toward Puritanism progress in researching these substances has been hindered unnecessarily.

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Trump Picks Marijuana Opponent For Health Secretary

It’s OK. Life will still go on in a world where pot is totally legal. Business will be done. People will still go to church. Families will still gather for dinner. It will be OK. There will be less crime though.

Cannabis should be legal. I’m sorry my socially conservative friends, but it should be. In a country that prides itself on liberty and freedom no one should be going to jail for weed.

You know who likes illegal pot?

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The DEA’s Contrived Kratom Crisis

The puritans and the cronies join together all the time to restrict the freedom and liberty of Americans.

Drugs should be a non-issue in the USA. Free people have a right to treat themselves and yes, even indulge themselves as they see fit. We are supposed to be a free people. This is supposed to be a free country.

There is so much good that could be done with psychedelics, marijuana, kratom, other restricted drugs, in terms of treatment.

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