Article by Tess Allen, Civilized
Recent troubling comments about cannabis from members of the Trump administration sound eerily familiar to Dustin Costa.
As of January 2017, the septuagenarian has been serving a de facto life sentence over a nonviolent cannabis offense for 11 years.
Statements like those made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions – who has hinted at a crackdown on cannabis laws and recently claimed marijuana is only “slightly less awful” than heroin – don’t exactly have Costa feeling hopeful about an early release.
“The history of how marijuana became illegal is full of the same kind of scare-mongering we see with the Trump [administration],” Costa told Civilized over one of his allotted 15-minute phone-calls.
“As somebody who believes strongly in the principles of liberty and truth and justice that drove the founding of our country, to see this rise of authoritarianism… you have to wonder where the country is going now.”
For Costa – locked up on charges of manufacturing and distributing cannabis, as well as possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense – and his uncounted fellow marijuana lifers, it’s a chilling reminder that the War on Drugs that robbed them of their freedom is far from over.