Jeff Sessions’ War on Marijuana
I spent nearly a decade as a judge in Florida, and a decade prior as a federal public defender – I’ve seen firsthand the human (and financial) costs of the failed “War on Drugs”.
At a time where our politics is the most divided in recent memory, one of the few places of bipartisan consensus in Washington has been on the need to reform our criminal justice system, and end the system of mass incarceration that the drug war has wrought.
But today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions took us a huge step backwards by repealing the Cole memo, and restarting the DOJ’s war against marijuana in the states.
29 states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical use; including Florida, where we approved such a measure in 2016 with a 71% vote in support. 7 states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for adult use.
Sessions’ actions today send a strong signal to those states that the Trump/Sessions DOJ doesn’t care about their right of self governance – and that they are ready to use the force of the federal government to walk back state-level reforms.
Make no mistake: marijuana prohibition is the first line of offense in a racist War on Drugs that for a generation has taken lives, ripped apart families, and cost taxpayers billions of dollars, while lining the pockets of the private prison industry.
Join me and this campaign, and send a message to Trump and Sessions that they are simply wrong. Sign our petition here.
Let’s tell them we need to reform our criminal justice system, support states’ rights to regulate marijuana as they see fit, and stop packing our prisons with non-violent drug offenders.