Veronique de Rugy (a rather conservative libertarian) has an interesting piece in the National Review. She provides a couple of quotes from attorney general nominee Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III that she finds quite alarming:
This drug is dangerous, you cannot play with it, it is not funny, it’s not something to laugh about . . . and [it’s important] to send that message with clarity that good people don’t smoke marijuana.
Commenting on the Obama administration’s decision not to pursue federal action as states legalized pot:
I think one of [Obama’s] great failures, it’s obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana. . . . It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started “Just Say No.”
In addition, the “Just Say No” campaign didn’t work. Like alcohol prohibition, marijuana prohibition has come with a lot of cost and little, if any, benefit. Alcohol is arguably more dangerous than marijuana, yet I doubt Senator Sessions would support bringing back the 18th Amendment. As such, it’s high time we recognize the idiocy of the prohibition of marijuana.
I am ill at ease. This is the second time today that I find myself in agreement with a conservative writing for the National Review. I prefer to oppose Sessions because Jeff Sessions is a bigot. He will probably attempt to turn back the clock 50 years on LGBT rights.