|Polls Show Americans Favor Changing Laws|
This is a matter that many Americans feel very strongly about and just like those supporting gun rights they tie it directly to the issue of freedom. Liberalizing and changing the laws surrounding marijuana has become a more bipartisan issue over the years as a growing number of conservatives and Republicans have moved to supporting laws that reduce or eliminate prison sentences for drug use. Back in March of 2015, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand to end the federal ban on medical marijuana, now legalized in 23 states. Many of the 2016 presidential hopefuls including Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz, all said they believe states have the right to make their own marijuana laws. The fact is this goes beyond using marijuana for medical use. While it is known that Trump does not drink because of personal reasons this does not mean those feelings and views transfer to this issue.
|This Is A Hot Button Issue!|
In the last decade, due almost solely to the surge in drug-related arrests, U.S. prisons are massively overcrowded and underfunded. In another article, "War On Drugs Is Far Too Costly" it is pointed out that numerous reasons exist that Republicans should support marijuana reform. Republicans support state’s rights, smaller government, and want to stop wasteful spending. The war on drugs has been far too costly and much of it is over marijuana. It is time we grow up and end this costly polarizing and divisive war that damages so many young lives and has taken a huge toll on minority communities. This issue is a big part of a legal system that highlights inequality and injustice and serves as a magnet for those who feel oppressed.
|Minorities Have Been Hit Hard By Current Laws|
A great deal of speculation and fear is that newly appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions will enforce federal law and come down on states with a vengeance. Such a move could spark a rollback and retrenchment of recent efforts to bring marijuana use into the open. The well entrenched establishment in Washington marches to its own agenda and Trump with his efforts to dislodge them needs all the friends he can find so it makes little sense for him to go out of his ways to create more enemies. This issue takes our eyes off more important and pressing issues. Recent polls and a media campaign centered on bashing Trump tend to undermine his ability to create legislation and do not bode well for his ability to govern. Protest in the streets are also roadblocks for a positive agenda.