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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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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A potentially HUGE mistake for the Trump DOJ : Sessions Wants To Bring Back Reagan-Era Drug Policies

We thought that a detente had been reached with AG Sessions on the pot issue. We thought we had all agreed that there are probably more important things for the Department of Justice to focus on than on legal weed. Lord knows there are.

It seems to us that marijuana is clearly a state issue per the Constitution. It would appear to fall solidly under the 10th Amendment. (As should any number of issues.) As a presumed fan of federalism and smaller government Mr.

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CATO: Conservatives Should Think Twice before Supporting Jeff Sessions

Sessions will be confirmed but small government people need to keep a close eye on him. Some of his positions are very big government and benefit the current crony system.

Marijuana laws for instance should be liberalized and dealt with on a state level. That is the CONSTITUTIONAL position and as such it should be the position of any American conservative. Yet Jeff Sessions appears to have a beef with pot even though pot legalization at a state level was one of the few wins fans of small government had during the Obama years.

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Why does (Jeff) Sessions think the police should be able to legally rob you?

Image: Washington Post

Is it too much to ask to have an Attorney General who defers to the citizenry generally and not to the state? Well, probably. Realistically speaking. But how can this country allow civil forfeiture (policing for profit) to exist? The cops shouldn’t just be able to take your stuff.

In most of the country however they can. Police took $5 billion in cash and possessions in 2014. That’s more than was taken by non state sponsored thieves.

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