Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Kelly says critical lawmakers should changes laws or shut up

Kelly says critical lawmakers should changes laws or shut up

In contrast, in Tuesday's speech Kelly said, "DHS personnel will continue to investigate marijuana's illegal pathways along the network into the United States and its distribution within the homeland, and will arrest those involved in the drug trade according to federal law".

Despite frictions between the Trump administration and the Mexican government, Kelly said that Mexico is an ally when it comes to securing borders and eliminating drug trafficking.

In the interview, Kelly also said that a military strike from North Korea is unlikely amid growing tensions, but noted that the country is a digital danger. More specifically, Kelly indicated a potential crackdown on marijuana trafficking in the near future, referring to it as a "potentially risky gateway drug", and making it clear that DHS will continue to prosecute the use, possession, and trade of marijuana until it is no longer illegal under federal law.

"We are under attack from people who hate us, hate our freedoms, hate our laws, hate our values, hate the way we simply live our lives".

Two high ranking Trump administration officials; two vastly different positions on marijuana.

More than 21,000 immigrants in the US illegally have been arrested since President Donald Trump took office in January, compared to about 16,000 people during the same time previous year. He told the publication he was opposed to illegal and recreational drug use generally, and was critical of marijuana legalization, but said he supported using pot for medical purposes. Although Kelly's stance on legalizing weed matches that of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the latter is considerably more hardline and said in a speech last month that marijuana is "slightly less awful" than heroin.

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He continued: "It's three things". Nearly all produced in Mexico.

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd Sunday, DHS Secretary John Kelly said that marijuana was "not a factor" in the drug war (methamphetamines, cocaine and heroin were, he said). He said the relationship between the Mexican and US governments is now "in good shape".

Kelly went on to say that ICE would use marijuana convictions as a reason to deport as "they have done this in the past, are doing it today, and will do it in the future".

Kelly elaborated that threats to the USA are "more than bombs and guns" however, and warned that there are cyber threats from both lone wolves and state actors, saying "we are under constant attack by a wide range of adversaries with an even wider range of capabilities".

But it remains unclear whether the Trump administration will adhere to Obama's hands-off approach. The 2015 death toll of 52,000 from drug overdoes "is the highest number of drug deaths our county has seen...in a single year we've lost almost as many Americans to drug overdoses as we did in World War One", he said. He was back in line with the White House policies and defending federal laws concerning marijuana.

Spicer clarified that the president sees a "big difference" in using pot for medical and recreational purposes. "It stopped with President Trump and it stopped with me".

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