The Trump administration is under fire from within its own ranks. Last week, Ben Carson — a former neurosurgeon who is currently President Trump's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development — criticized the War on Drugs for worsening poverty and racial injustice in America.
Carson made those remarks while delivering a speech to the conservative think-tank the Manhattan Institute, which invited him to discuss issues that have hindered America's struggle against poverty in recent years.
"There are systems in place, well-meaning as they may be, that incentivize people to make choices that ultimately do not strengthen the black family," Carson said. “It also didn’t help that the war on poverty sometimes conflicted with the war on drugs, which often dealt harshly with non-violent offenders, taking men away from their families, and disproportionately affecting minority communities.”
Carson also criticized the federal government for being arrogant enough to think it could regulate the morals and lifestyles of the American people.
"More harmful than any single government program has been the presumption that the federal government could manage affairs of human nature in the first place," Carson added. "It was not capable of replacing the institutions which used to nurture and guide Americans in their social activities and improvement. Like local government, churches, fraternal organizations and families themselves."
That message couldn't have gone over well with Trump's top law enforcer — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who thinks reviving the War on Drugs will help the country defeat the opioid epidemic. Sessions even wants Congress to remove the budget amendment preventing the DEA from cracking down on states that have defied federal cannabis prohibition by legalizing medical marijuana. Meaning that the federal government would not only meddle with the morals and lifestyles of Americans in general but interfere with patients and their medications.
So the Trump administration isn't just out of touch with the American people, who have shown widespread support for marijuana reform. But it's also out of touch with itself since Carson and Sessions hold conflicting views toward the War on Drugs.
h/t Marijuana Moment