Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he believes marijuana plays no role in the current war on drugs, instead singling out methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine as the primary problems.
Kelly previously served as the head of U.S. Southern Command, often dealing with narcotics smuggling from Central and South America and the Caribbean.
The attorney general also issued a memo Tuesday calling on federal attorneys to consider prosecuting anyone who harbors illegal immigrants, prioritizing those who protect violent offenders or are involved in transporting or protecting three or more people living in the USA illegally. And I think - I place that squarely on the United States congress.
Under President Trump, arrests of immigrants with clean police records who are living in the United States illegally have more than doubled. And would that actually deal with the problem President Trump campaigned on? "The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws and the catch-and-release practices of the past are over". "Just start the process of getting after this drug demand".
The South American nation of Uruguay is the only nation to legalize recreational cannabis.
Kelly then went on to explain that the three drugs, in conjunction with opioids, were responsible for claiming the lives of over 50,000 people in 2015, a problem that cost the nation $250 billion.
Kelly promised to continue using drug possession and distribution, including marijuana, to build the case for deporting illegal aliens.
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"Absolutely", Kelly said, "and some of the other things we've done on the border". Nearly all produced in Mexico.
Kelly said it will be up to Congress to help sort out how to treat the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the US, including the so-called "Dream Act" children brought illegally into the country by their parents or guardians.
Criminal enforcement is essential to stop both the transnational cartels that ship drugs into our country, and the thugs and gangs who use violence and extortion to move their product.
"The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill", he said.
Notably, last Thursday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation to let adult possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public, a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana (RM).
It's a far cry from what Department of Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said about the drug Sunday.