Trump Official Says Marijuana "Not a Factor" in the War on Drugs

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Trump Official Says Marijuana "Not a Factor" in the War on Drugs

"The solution is not arresting a lot of users", Gen. Kelly told Todd.

Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, said in 2016 that Trump and his Democratic Party presidential competitor, Hillary Clinton, weren't willing to acknowledge that US and coalition ground troops would be needed to defeat Islamic State, and that "you're not going to win this thing by dropping bombs".

"DHS personnel will continue to investigate marijuana's illegal pathways along the network into the US, its distribution within the homeland, and will arrest those involved in the drug trade according to federal law", he continued. Kelly also stated his belief that the war on drugs can only be won by addressing domestic demand, particularly for heroin, reports The Washington Post.

'Secretary Kelly doesn't [deport people], ICE doesn't, it's the United States criminal justice system, a justice system, that deports people'.

Bear in mind that the first part of this interview delved deeply into border security in terms of immigration enforcement.

Kelly's comments are in stark contrast to comments made by Trump's chosen Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently questioned the efficacy of medical marijuana, as well as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who said states should expect greater enforcement of federal marijuana laws under President Trump. Kelly isn't dismissing the scope or threat of drug trafficking; in fact, he offers it as one reason why the United States needs a physical barrier at the southern border. But Kelly dismisses marijuana as a component of the threat. For Mr. Kelly to claim that marijuana is "not a factor" in the drug war is blatantly false. About a quarter of those arrests were immigrants who had no criminal history, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. One of the President's executive orders directed the Justice Department to dismantle these organizations and gangs - and we will do just that. I think not. All three of my dad's raids were for marijuana.

"If you are a terrorist with an Internet connection, like the one on your ever-present cellphone, you can recruit new soldiers, plan attacks and upload a video calling for jihad with just a few clicks", Kelly said. "I mean, it's very, very useful".

In 2015 a LOT of people were arrested for marijuana. Sessions' argument on those lines might run into another problem - the indications that legalization has actually hurt marijuana cartels south of the border.

When asked to elaborate, he said that "the laws on the books are pretty straightforward - if you're here illegally you should leave" and that 'the law is the law'.