The U.S. Drug War and Cannabis Prohibition Are About to Get Stoned
Veteran Political Strategist and Trump Advisor Roger Stone Is Lined Up to Be the Star Witness for Alexis Bortell and the Plaintiffs in Her Lawsuit Against Jeff Sessions Over Medical Cannabis
Love him or hate him, Roger Stone has proven to be a remarkably intuitive, prescient and influential political force, perhaps the most under-rated and under-credited figure in American politics today.
Stone's singular style of successfully playing hardball politics, without acquiescing or capitulating to the near-universal hypocrisies, pretenses and contrivances that are practically pre-requisites to political participation at any level, has clearly distinguished him from the tiresome pack of conventional politicians, politicos and pundits who inhabit the national political scene.
In a fascinating Netflix documentary chronicling his storied career as a national political strategist and his role as Donald Trump's most loyal, ardent and longtime political advisor ("Get Me Roger Stone"), Stone notes that any hatred towards him from opponents and critics comes precisely because he has been so (consistently and often-spectacularly) effective at what he does, to their profound consternation, if not crippling angst.
Despite the price Stone has had to personally pay in the demonization, retribution and just plain nastiness from detractors and enemies, the veteran politico nonetheless cheerfully persists as an unswerving advocate for causes he believes in and as an unrelenting warrior against outrages and corruption he sees in government and public policy.
One particular issue Stone has taken on over the last decade has confounded friends and opponents, alike, while calling on his utmost skills as both advocate and warrior. The position is both forward-thinking and for decades was considered taboo – political suicide even — so, yet again, Stone finds himself pitted against 'conventional wisdom' and reactionary forces that seem to perpetually-dominate America's national political establishment.
Stone's position also makes him an outlier among President Donald Trump's retinue of advisors and aides, while his connection to Trump makes him an outlier among the activists around the country who share his position, but are hardly Trump supporters.
The issue is America's longstanding, yet long-failing drug prohibition regime, colloquially if misleadingly called the "war on drugs."