Congress is considering a new bill that would better enable Attorney General Jeff Sessions to wage his promised “war on drugs” – but the liberal media is fighting it.
The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act of 2017 “provides federal law enforcement with new tools to ensure those peddling dangerous drugs, which can be lethal, are brought to justice,” says Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who along with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is sponsoring the senate’s version of the bill.
“It also explicitly exempts simple possession from any penalties, instead targeting those who manufacture and traffic these drugs and opioids."
Under federal law, all psychoactive drugs are placed in one of five categories known as “schedules." Drug traffickers have started to take advantage of these categories by altering the chemical makeup of a drug so that it no longer fits into a schedule. Because the altered drug doesn’t appear in one of the categories, it is technically legal. The SITSA Act aims to crack down on this practice by establishing “Schedule A” for these unregulated but very dangerous substances.
The bill would give Sessions the power to place new drugs into Schedule A for up to five years. This is a huge change from current policies, which allow the AG to temporarily schedule a drug for up to two years – and only after proving just how dangerous the substance is.
“Critics say this amounts to giving the attorney general the power to unilaterally write federal drug policy,” reports The Washington Post.
Michael Collins, a deputy director at the Drug Policy Alliance, says the SITSA Act is a “giant step backwards.” The bill “gives the attorney general a ton of power in terms of scheduling drugs and pursuing penalties…really it’s doing the bidding of Jeff Sessions as he tries to escalate the war on drugs.”
Critics also complain the SITSA Act could be used to ban other substances, like kratom, that are currently legal.
“We need support in dealing with transnational criminal organizations and dealing with human trafficking – not in going after grandma’s medicinal marijuana,” argues Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA).
The SITSA Act is in part a reaction to the growing opioid epidemic that has claimed so many American lives. Over 59,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, and the number of addicts continues to grow.
“I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees death statistics at the CDC.
The SITSA Act would immediately add 13 variations of fentanyl (a powerful synthetic opiate) to “Schedule A.”
Editor's note: Drug abuse has run rampant since the previous administration to reduced penalties for drug dealers. Thousands have died and many more thousands of lives ruined that would not have. We wish Sessions luck.