In 1994, a former Nixon aide let the truth slip about the “War on Drugs.”
During the first week of 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would rescind the Obama-era “Cole Memo.”
The Cole Memo simply stated that the Justice Department would respect the states’ rights enshrined in the 10th Amendment — at least regarding medical and recreational cannabis.
With that memo in place, a handful of states have been able to set up sensible regulations around medical and recreational cannabis. In those states, the Cole memo enabled doctors to recommend an alternative to opiates and other expensive and potentially addictive pharmaceutical treatments to tens of thousands of patients.
Rescinding the Cole Memo subverts the sovereignty of individual states and significantly interferes with those states’ economies — but to simply call Sessions a hypocrite for this action would be to miss two big points:
1. Despite Sessions’ folksy demeanor and his lip service to states’ rights and family values/conservativism, he’s simply an American fascist.
2. The “War on Drugs” was never about