The War on Drugs Is an Abject Failure. Jeff Sessions Just Ramped It Up.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks on during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
The tide is finally turning against marijuana criminalization. But Sessions just took a giant leap backwards.
The U.S. tide is clearly turning in favor of marijuana decriminalization. Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C. have legalized medical marijuana. On January 1, California joined Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in legalizing the sale of recreational pot. A Gallup poll completed in October found that, for the first time, a majority of Republicans (51 percent) support legalizing pot, while 64 percent of Americans overall support legalization. As Arcview Market Research noted, marijuana sales rose 33 percent from 2016 to 2017. The trend is obvious: The prohibition of pot, and the draconian laws that define the war on drugs, are wildly unpopular.