WASHINGTON: President Trump has backtracked on policies supported by members in his government. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says will “probably end up supporting” a bill allowing states to decide about legalizing marijuana. A statement causing a lot of questioning and controversy amongst conservatives, liberals, and all of American politics.
So, if President Trump lives up to his statement and pushes this bill through Congress, should conservative voters vote to legalize marijuana in their respective states?
Should Conservatives vote to legalize marijuana?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a very aggressive approach in relation to drug-related crimes. Sessions has gone so far as to undo legislation President Obama passed that lessened punishments related to nonviolent drug crimes such as possession, usage, and selling.
However, due to the severity of punishments related to marijuana President Trump has directly countered his AG’s actions. The president is lessening sentences of nonviolent drug crimes, as in the case of Alice Johnson. Johnson was a first-time offender convicted of attempted possession of cocaine, conspiracy to possess cocaine, and money laundering .
She received a life sentence. For a first time drug offender.
Such a severe sentence for a nonviolent crime by a first-time offender is simply unacceptable.
Legalizing marijuana would help end many unreasonably harsh sentences. According to Time Magazine:
“We found that approximately 39% of the nationwide prison population (576,000 people) is behind bars with little public safety rationale. And they can be released, significantly and safely cutting our prison population.”
Punishment must fit the crime.
According to the Pew Research Center:
About six-in-ten Americans (61%) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey. The survey, conducted in October, finds that the share of U.S. adults who support marijuana legalization is little changed from about a year ago – when 57% favored it – but it is nearly double what it was in 2000 (31%).
With better than half of the country supporting the legalization of recreational use and 70% favoring the legalization of Medical Marijuana, drug sentencing laws must change. Instead of crowding non-violent, first time offenders into over populated prisons, community service, rehabilitation and fines are all options.
Conservatives should support legalizing marijuana
Medical marijuana is proving beneficial. It can slow the growth of certain cancer cells, reduce the pain of inflammation, blood sugar levels and alleviate anxiety and PTSD, as outlined in this article from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
As of today, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. If President Trump’s bill passes, conservatives should vote to legalize marijuana in order to stem judicial injustice. Legalizing Marijuana is an important step to reducing overcrowding in prisons and ruining peoples lives.
And for its many uses in the medical field.
For Republicans seeking election, or re-election, the majority of millennials support legalizing marijuana.
For an alternative view on the usage of marijuana, check out this video from PragerU: