Many people often refer to politicians and government officials as being wishy-washy and somewhat spineless…
I guess we can add Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to the list of politicians and government officials
On Sunday, Kelly appeared as a special guest on NBC’s Meet The Press. During the program, Kelly addressed the current war on drugs and said that cannabis is “not a factor” in the United States’ current fight against narcotics.
Kelly said, “Yeah, marijuana is not a factor in the drug war. It’s three things. Methamphetamine. Almost all produced in Mexico. Heroin. Virtually all produced in Mexico. And cocaine that comes up from further south.”
Reverses Opinion in a Dramatic Fashion
Today, Kelly reversed those comments in a dramatic fashion. In his first major public speech since being sworn in, Kelly called marijuana a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs.
Kelly said, “Its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the U.S. Congress we in DHS are sworn to uphold all the laws on the books. DHS personnel will continue to investigate marijuana’s illegal pathways along the network into the U.S., its distribution within the homeland, and will arrest those involved in the drug trade according to federal law. [Customs and Border Protection] will continue to search for marijuana at sea, air and land ports of entry and when found take similar appropriate action. When marijuana is found at aviation checkpoints and baggage screening [Transportation Security Administration] personnel will also take appropriate action. Finally, [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] will continue to use marijuana possession, distribution and convictions as essential elements as they build their deportation / removal apprehension packages for targeted operations against illegal aliens. They have done this in the past, are doing it today, and will do it in the future.”
This change of opinion is unfortunate but not surprising. Kelly’s initial comments were very different from Attorney General Sessions who recently said that the dependency for cannabis is only slightly less awful than heroin.
Pill Mills are the Real Problem
Painkillers have become a serious issue in the United States. During the past 15 years, America has seen a tremendous growth in both the sales of prescription opiates and the number of people who die each year from abusing them.
Kelly even highlighted the danger of these substances while on NBC’s Meet The Press. Kelly said that meth, heroin and cocaine played a role in the domestic drug crisis that killed more than 52,000 people in 2015.
No one has ever died from smoking marijuana
No one has ever died from smoking marijuana but every year more than half a million people die from alcohol and tobacco. Every year, people die from the following substances:
- 400,000 people die from tobacco
- 100,000 people die from alcohol
- 20,000 people die from legal drugs
- 15,000 people die from illegal drugs
- 2,000 people die from caffeine
- 500 people die from aspirin
Joe Rogan said it best: The only reason why marijuana is illegal is because of economics. If marijuana was legal, it would cost pharmaceutical and alcohol companies billions of dollars every year. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is funded by alcohol companies. Alcohol is a sanctioned drug!
Source: Technical 420