Jeff Sessions is dead-wrong on marijuana

email from John Fetterman, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, 1/10/18. (At this point in the election cycle, this site helps bring to readers’ attention thoughts and issues raised by varied Dem candidates who are expected to be on the May 15 primary ballot.)

I’ll never fully understand why we’re so hung up on marijuana in this country.

Last week, Jeff Sessions chose to revive the decades-old war on drugs by encouraging attorneys in the Department of Justice to freely prosecute buyers, sellers, and users of cannabis under federal law.

It’s hard for me to imagine that in a time when the opioid epidemic is ravaging entire communities across Pennsylvania, we would need to spend our limited resources on prosecuting adults who choose to use cannabis in their spare time. It’s equally as hard for me to imagine how we could ignore the deeply negative impact that this nation’s drug policy has had on African Americans and people of color over the past few decades.

Jeff Sessions is dead-wrong on marijuana, and his drug-war agenda needs to be stopped now.

If you agree, sign my petition to show your support for legalizing marijuana and putting an end to this administration’s radical war on drugs.

This week, Governor Wolf declared the heroin and opioid addiction crisis in Pennsylvania a statewide emergency — with the overdose rate here reaching the fourth-highest in the country. There’s no doubt that the over-prescription of opioids and painkillers by doctors has left millions of Americans vulnerable to opioid dependence, and there’s no doubt that we now have an obligation to push our resources towards treating addiction and curbing the use of opioids.

But instead of waging a war on addiction, Jeff Sessions is more interested in continuing to wage a failed war on drugs. His attacks on marijuana users proves just how out-of-touch he is with the priorities of real people here in Pennsylvania. I’ve heard from parents of children struggling with epilepsy, recovering opioid users, and older folks managing chronic pain from cancer treatment — and all of them are saying that cannabis has given them or their loved one the second chance they needed to access a higher quality of life.

It’s time for us to get our priorities straight and legalize cannabis so that we can begin fighting the real drug problem facing this country: The opioid epidemic.

By freeing up the billions of dollars that we spend each year enforcing failed marijuana laws, we can legalize cannabis, bring it out of the shadows, and begin addressing the opioid epidemic with the urgency and resources that it deserves.

We need a radical reshaping of our country’s drug policies. Sign on now if you believe we must start by ending the war on marijuana and legalizing the medical and recreational use of cannabis nationwide.

Together, we have the power to create the change we want to see.