Thursday, January 11, 2018

Libertarian Party of Nevada condemns U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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Independent Political Report

The Libertarian Party of Nevada condemns U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s retraction of the Cole Memo. We refuse to condone the federal government’s desire to penalize victimless “crimes,” or otherwise sow fear, uncertainty, and doubt into Nevada’s newest industry.
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The War on Drugs is a failure. Despite spending billions of dollars over the last forty years, the only “result” has been the imprisonment of millions – mostly for low-level offenses – because of federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Moreover, the War on Drugs is institutional racism in action. According to the American Civil Liberties Union:
The War on Drugs has been a war on communities of color. The racial disparities are staggering: Despite the fact that white and black people use drugs at similar rates, black people are jailed on drug charges 10 times more often than white people are. Black people are also three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white people are… Racial bias, both implicit and explicit, keeps more people of color in prisons and on probation than ever before… At no other point in U.S. history have so many people—disproportionately people of color—been deprived of their liberty. [1]..

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