One would think that with President Donald Trump at record low polling in the 30s (and Congress with even lower polling around 10 percent favorability), the Administration would not be struggling to find a cause further irritate the American public. However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears on the brink of doing just that. Despite many states either legalizing or moving to legalize marijuana, Sessions is expected to announce a new crackdown on the multi-billion industry. Not only will the crackdown threaten billions in taxes now collected by these states, but it will contravene the wishes of roughly half of the population. Indeed, according to the latest Harvard-Harris survey 86 percent of Americans now support either legalizing pot for either recreational or medicinal use or both. Indeed, 49 percent want pot legalized outright for recreational use. The Administration however is about to go on a direct collision course with many states — including red states — that has legalized marijuana.
What is particularly odd is that the Administration has found itself unable to move massive legislative agendas from immigration to health care. However, it is about to add another major issue and take the side opposed by 86 percent of voters. It will also undermine swing states like Colorado that Trump will desperately need in the coming years.
Only 14 percent of the public believe that pot should be entirely illegal. However, Sessions has always had a certain fixation on marijuana. The question is why the Administration would want to alienate these states and these voters at this time.
What do you think?