C-Realm Radio 028

Jeff Sessions says, "Good people don't smoke marijuana."

Jeff Sessions says, "Good people don't smoke marijuana."

It sometimes seems like the war on weed is all but over, and then Donald Trump goes and picks Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, a man who joked that he thought the KKK was okay until he learned that they smoke pot. KMO and Silas speak first to Julie Goddard about the DEA's subtle rule change that makes CBD, a non-psychoactive constituent of the hemp plant that has a variety of medical applications, a Schedule 1 substance like heroin. Later, Doug Fine calls in with a dose of optimism. He points to the 2014 Farm Bill which defines the parameters of legal hemp cultivation. He argues that the DEA will be in violation of federal law if they try to persecute hemp farmers because their product contains CBD.

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  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Republicans double down on the drug war. It fits into Trump’s rhetoric about being “the law and order candidate” and his characterization of the problems of “the inner city”. It also fits in with other policy proposals that would require a significant expansion of the prison industry and police power.

    I wouldn’t expect that Trump’s identity as a businessman makes him friendlier to fledgling industries far from his own personal business interests. There’s money to be made on either side, in any case.

    I expect that congressional Republicans will be eager to exercise their ascendant federal power against states that are pushing back against their agenda, especially in contexts where the states are arguably flaunting federal law. (Wouldn’t be surprised if this gets connected to the issue of “sanctuary cities” in Republican rhetoric somehow.)

    Finally, liberals would be unhappy if the direction of change in American drug policy was reversed and there was a renewed crackdown on drug users. That’s reason enough. Hippie-kicking is the order of the day.

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