With Jeff Sessions now officially leading the Justice Department, Donald Trump has set the stage for the administration to quote "restore safety in America" by getting tough on crime - especially drugs.
"I've been here two weeks. I've met a lot of law enforcement officials. Yesterday, I brought them into the Oval Office. I asked a group, what impact do drugs have in terms of a percentage on crime? They said, 75 to 80 percent. That's pretty sad. We're going to stop the drugs from pouring in. We're going to stop those drugs from poisoning our youth, from poisoning our people. We're going to be ruthless in that fight. We have no choice."
Alternet contributor Phillip Smith recently penned an article bluntly titled "Trump Goes Full Nixon on Law-and-Order Executive Orders, Vows 'Ruthless' War on Drugs and Crime".
But as Nixon's domestic-policy advisor and Watergate co-conspirator John Ehrlichman later admitted - Nixon's drug war was never about drugs.
It was about destroying Nixon's enemies.
Ehrlichman told Dan Baum in 1994 the "[The Nixon White House] knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. ... Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."
Since Nixon though, a lot has changed.
28 states and the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana in some form, and more are following suit.
So will the Trump administration respect the 10th Amendment and embrace the budding industry across the country?
Or is it just a matter of time until Jeff "Good People Don't Smoke Marijuana" Sessions decides to disrupt your community and comes for YOUR pot?