Daniel Weimer writes in OUPBlog on "The politics of contamination," drawing upon his co-authored Diplomatic History article "The Politics of Contamination: Herbicides, Drug Control, and Environmental Law"
Since entering office, the Trump administration has diverged from its predecessor on many fronts. Environmental regulation and drug control are two prime examples. Under Scott Pruitt, the EPA has loosened or eliminated numerous Obama administration rules on pollution and jettisoned climate-change research. At the Department of Justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-law offenders and indicated a willingness to use federal powers to counter state and local marijuana decriminalization and legalization measures. These actions are at odds with prior Attorney General, Eric Holder, who sought to curtail mandatory-minimum charges and who generally declined to interfere with marijuana initiatives.