If you are a Conservative, especially one that frequents social media, you are likely aware of all the infighting between Conservatives today-- from those who argue the merits of President Trump's conservatism to a few #NEVERTRUMPERS who have become #ALWAYSHATERS who blame the rest of us, and have become like the liberals we abhor. It has gotten to the point where the old saying "politics makes strange bedfellows" has never been truer. Now, in the midst of this chaotic political climate, Trump has dipped his toes into an already brewing revolution, where conservatives are actually standing for something that always seemed to be a liberal thing: marijuana.
Revolutions have occurred throughout history in a variety of ways and motivating ideologies. They usually result in "major changes in culture, economy, and socio-political institutions." When White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that recreational marijuana use "encourages opioid use," he might as well have called in the cavalry.
He attempted to distinguish between medical and recreational marijuana, essentially stating that medicinal usage is a states' issue because of the compassion we should have for the sick. Then in the next breath said that recreational marijuana should be a federal issue because he thinks, “that when you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people (to use marijuana.)" Ok. I get that. However, it’s what he went on to say that was absolutely laughable, not only to me as a professional nurse, but also to anyone that has experience with pot or who can do a little research.
Spicer warned of a federal crackdown in the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Spicer alleged that such federal intrusion “is necessary in order to try and stem the rising tide of prescription opioid abuse." What??
I'm sorry, but that is absolutely ridiculous! Had the millions of suffering people been using cannabis for pain or what ailed them instead of being prescribed painkillers or worse, using drugs like heroine, the accidental (and purposeful) suicide rate from overdoses would seriously go down.
Yes, the revolution has begun.
A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, "a turn around") is a fundamental change in political power or organizational structures that take place in a relatively short period of time when the population rises up) in revolt against the current authorities. Aristotle described two types of political revolution:
1. Complete change from one constitution to another
2. Modification of an existing constitution." Wikipedia
I would say we should listen to Aristotle on this one. It is clear that President Trump intends to involve the feds in marijuana control. His pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, was the first definite sign of what was to come. Senator Sessions has long been a proponent of the war on drugs. Whether you like Sessions or Trump makes no difference here. Whether you believe that recreational use should be legalized or not makes no difference here either. The points are moot if you consider the fact that the feds should never have been involved in marijuana legislation nor was it correct in passing a law making marijuana a Schedule 1 drug in the first place.
“There are three criteria to be met to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug.
1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
2. The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
3. There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.
No prescriptions may be written for Schedule I substances, and such substances are subject to production quotas which the DEA imposes.”
Clearly, marijuana does not meet number 2 as study after study shows its beneficial medicinal properties. Moreover, in all the studies done on marijuana and its safety, criteria number 3 is questionable. NO ONE CAN OVERDOSE AND DIE FROM MARIJUANA.
When the feds took legal control of marijuana, it was through prohibition, just as with alcohol. We see how well that worked. Furthermore, our own Constitution grants the power to the states, OR TO THE PEOPLE, per the 10th amendment to choose for themselves. "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
Abuse of power was important to America’s founders. They knew not to trust governmental power from their experience with the British. So why is it still law? Perhaps the revolution will change that, but this is where the Trump administration could do something completely constitutional and earn kudos from those of us who are Constitutional Conservatives.
He needs to show that he is not playing politics, using personal bias and/or misinformation on the subject or old-fashioned myths to govern. For the conservatives who call themselves "Constitutional Conservatives," this should be on your radar. This should be something we can all agree upon for a change. If you refuse to admit that federal intervention is unconstitutional, you are essentially saying you want it both ways, and that is not conservatism. The Schedule should be changed, and optimally, the feds should leave it up to the states (the people). I suspect Trump is about to hear from the Cavalry soon, which will just add fuel to the fire and make pot a YUGE issue for this administration.