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Renewing the War on Drugs

What looks like a “split personality” in drug policy is really just the Trump administration’s racialized approach to enforcement.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during an opioid and drug abuse listening session with President Donald Trump.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during an opioid and drug abuse listening session with President Donald Trump.Evan Vucci/AP Photo

On Wednesday, the White House issued an executive order to establish a commission on combating drug addiction, and we now know that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will head it. The Christie appointment seems to signal a soft approach to handling drug problems, given his own experience addressing it in New Jersey. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that this new commission has created a “split personality” within the administration’s drugs policy, given that it seems to clash with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s more punitive approach.

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