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To Sessions, Washington cannabis sales makes us ‘bad people’

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By John Hancock

“Good people don’t use Marijuana”

So says Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, selected recently as Attorney General in the upcoming Trump Cabinet.

This conflation of morality (his own yardstick for the behavior of others), science (the propaganda source of some of his information), and law (his profession, and now his pulpit) makes me crazy.

The cultural history book “Smoke Signals” by Martin Lee explains that the word “marijuana” appeared first in print to demonize Mexicans, who sometimes used the very same drug as the good white people who were using cannabis.

It was also recently reported that our state cannabis sales just surpassed those of hard liquor.  That’s a lot of commerce by bad people.  But maybe they’re just switching from vodka, which also may be used by bad people.  And don’t forget our badness opportunity was approved by us voters.

I don’t know the details of Sen. Sessions’ theory about what good people are like, and what they do and don’t do.  I hope he sticks to the law.  Most interesting to watch will be the dance between federal drug laws and his career insistence on states’ rights.
John Hancock

About John Hancock

John Hancock had a first career as a symphony orchestra musician and was a faculty member at University of Michigan. He has advanced degrees in music performance from Boston University and U.M.

Arts management was his way of problem-solving and expanding the public participation. He was orchestra manager of the Toledo Symphony, executive director of the Spokane Symphony and the Pasadena Pops and chief operating officer of the Milwaukee Symphony.

Currently he’s an Eagle Scout, a Rotarian, a liberal libertarian of an Iowa small-town self-sufficiency and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A childhood Methodist, he now instead pursues ideas of commonality among religions and philosophies.

Volunteerism in civic, political and social services work draws him to town from his forest home outside Spokane. Since 2006, his Deep Creek Consulting has aided non-profit organizations in grantwriting and strengthbuilding.

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