John Kelly’s Shifting Stance on Marijuana


By Dries Van Thielen

On Sunday, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly made a guest appearance on NBC’s Meet The Press.

When host Chuck Todd asked  Kelly what he thinks the biggest challenge will be during his installment, Kelly answered: “Securing the Southern borders. Protecting the nation from national criminal organizations that have tentacles outside the country [and terrorist threats]”. Thus, following President’s Trumps Executive Order on Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking.

Surprisingly, Kelly stated that marijuana is “not a factor” in the ongoing war on drugs. Instead, border patrol faces three more challenges: methamphetamines, heroin, and cocaine. According to Kelly, these drugs led to 52,000 deaths last year. Their common denominator? All of these drugs are overwhelmingly produced in Mexico. Only cocaine is coming from “further South”, Kelly addressed.

As we have shown earlier on The Libertarian Republic, these regulations are downward inefficient. Even if border patrol intercepts all the illegal substances coming from outside the US, the demand for narcotics will be fulfilled by replacement drugs like Crack Cocaine or other designer drugs.

Marijuana: “It is a potential dangerous gateway drug”

However, it seemed as if Kelly was corrected later by the president. During a similar conference on Tuesday at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Kelly laid out his strategy for his term once again.

Once more, Kelly added his stance on marijuana during his speech. His idea of marijuana shifted notably throughout the days. From “not a factor” on Sunday, Kelly stated in Washington that marijuana “is potentially a dangerous gateway drug”. He was back in line with the White House policies and defending federal laws concerning marijuana.

Reversing the Obama’s administration stance on illegal immigrants and marijuana, Kelly ensured that immigrants working with marijuana will be deported.


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