On 4/20, NORML urges an end to marijuana myths

On what has become known as something of a holiday among pot advocates, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws wants to clear up one of the government’s favorite drug war myths.

Since President Donald Trump appointed drug war crusader Jeff Sessions to the top spot at the Justice Department, marijuana legalization advocates have experienced increased anxiety about their movement’s future.

Sessions, who cut his teeth as a U.S. Attorney during the early years of the War on Drugs, has made no secret of his distaste for the liberalization of U.S. marijuana laws.

If you need a little background about the attorney general’s old fashioned views on marijuana laws, here are a few recent Personal Liberty articles which explain where he’s coming from and where he’s likely to steer Justice Department policy on the matter:

Sessions ‘surprised’ Americans think the drug war is dumb

America Is Hardly The Land Of The Free

When one thinks of a prison nation, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela or some Third World backwater or banana republic dictatorship country might spring to mind. But the truth is the No. 1 prison nation is the United States.

No country incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States. Currently, more than 2.4 million Americans occupy U.S. prisons. That’s one out of every 100 American adults.

The U.S. houses one-fourth of the world’s prison population. The International Centre for Prison Studies claims the 2013 prison population for America is 716 per 100,000 population. Cuba’s number per 100,000 is 510; Russia’s is 490; Azerbaijan’s is 407; Panama’s is 392; the Cayman Island’s is 382. North Korea, Iran and Venezuela didn’t make the top 20.

According to a study in the journal Crime & Deliquency, Americans’ interaction with the so-called criminal justice system begins at an early age. It surveyed data from 1997 to 2008 and found that: