I for one am deathly ill and exhausted from the backward looking dinosaurs such as Jeff Sessions occupying borrowed space on the Republican Party’s electorate dime. If the 2017 off-year elections and the impending negative sentiment toward the prospects of electing conservatives in 2018 weren’t gloom enough, some in our party are still willing to barrel forward with their outdated and dim-witted attempts to legislate morality and sentimentality.
Prohibition doesn’t work. The Volstead Act was repealed 84 years ago. It baffles me that some “leaders”, rather than explore new ideas and potential new voters, would rather cling to failed follies of the past. According to polls in Rasmussen, nearly 70% of voters aged 18-30 prefer Democrats to Republicans. What is our rush to further alienate these voters? Attorney General Session’s march to 1930’s style “reefer madness” hysteria is laughed at by the younger generation, as well as pretty much anyone with a brain.
The New England Journal of Medicine, as well as several other leading scholarly publications, have produced study after study showing not only is marijuana less harmful than alcohol (and possibly Twinkies for that matter) but it can be used for medicinal purposes as well. It can be a cash crop as well as an industrial staple with hemp products. Countless Virginia Republicans, from Tom Garrett, to Scott Taylor, to Jill Vogel have proposed marijuana friendly bills, yet the Barnie-Fife wing of the GOP would like to continue going down the rabbit hole of prohibition and legislating morality.
If you believe in being the party of freedom and personal responsibility, I suggest you send supposed “leaders” as AG Sessions a piece of your mind. Start asking serious questions.. such as how does banning a substance, that does not increase crime or pose greater health risks than already legal products need to be castigated? Would we not benefit from the enormous tax windfall that Colorado and Washington State have amassed from sales of cannabis? I hope the GOP will wake up and smell the Covfefe on this issue.