Drug prices

Drug companies benefitted from Trump’s tax cut but didn’t lower prices. Now, some Republicans don’t even want the companies to testify in a hearing on drug prices. Sad!

Would concealed carry supporters apply the same philosophy to marijuana?

Some conservatives are all for states rights…except when they’re not. The concealed carry bill passed by the House of Representatives would allow people from states which allow people to carry a concealed weapon to also carry it in states that don’t permit this. This is a bad idea.

I wonder if they would apply the same rules to marijuana. If you were from a state where pot is legal, you could smoke it anywhere. I bet they don’t want that so they would defend the state marijuana laws.

Note: the article I linked to was written before the Florida mass shooting but I doubt concealed carry supporters have changed their minds. In fact, Trump wants concealed carry in schools for trained people.

 

Marijuana

Republicans are big on states’ rights….except when it comes to marijuana.  Attorney General Sessions will rescind an Obama-era policy which had let states set marijuana policies even though pot was not legal under federal law.  Now, Sessions will leave it up to federal prosecutors to decide whether to enforce the federal law in states where marijuana is legal.

This is in conflict with the opinions of the American public.

“Seventy-one percent oppose the federal government’s efforts to stop marijuana sales and its use in states that have legalized it, including opposition from most Republicans, Democrats, and independents. “ according to a CBS poll.

Support for legal marijuana is at a record high – 64%.  Even 51% of Republicans favor legalization.   This could hurt Republicans in the 2018 elections.

Republican Senator Gardner from Colorado is not happy. Millenials may also disapprove of this decision.

This is also an issue of criminal justice reform.

Just another bad decision by the Trump administration.  Sad!