Jeff Sessions’ weed hustle

Jeff sessions marijuana

Even my non-weed-smoking perspective was left foggy by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind the Cole memo, enabling states to restore a high priority to law enforcement actions against marijuana sales and use.

And then it only took a few seconds to dehaze his strategy. I spent way more time gathering artifacts to support this piece than actually writing it.

The US government’s study of Behavioral Health Trends in the United States [pdf] has a chart that tells me half of I need to infer from Sessions’ weed intrigue: it’s the most popular “illicit” drug in America. Chart is below.

illegal drug use breakdown

The other half came from reading the government’s more detailed 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, [huge pdf] where it became clear that the “past-month” drug use category with the greatest Black-and-White racial gap is marijuana — respectively 11.1 and 9 percent of the US population 12 years and older.

You see the game by now, right?

Relatively speaking, there’s no law-and-order opportunity in the Trixon style (my post for this reference mysteriously disappeared, but I found this video tonight) for meth, opioids, hallucinogens, stimulants, tranquilizers and sedatives since the race gap then swings in the opposite direction.

Okay, crack also has a notable gap — 0.5 vs. 1 percent, but no official is even remotely thinking about legalizing a drug like that.

Assuming Prison, Inc. is still on the lookout for raw material inventory acquisitions — i.e., people to fill prison cells — the marijuana channel is the most lucrative bet.

And in true neo-Confederate style, Sessions will allow the states to figure out how to enforce the federal government’s renewed directive to pursue weed possession as a crime.

The rest of this story is predictable …

song currently stuck in my head: “the hebrews 425 a.d.” – gail laughton

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