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Sessions Asked Congress To Let Him Prosecute MMJ 
Posted by CN Staff on June 13, 2017 at 05:04:00 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a May letter that became public Monday.The protections, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent certain states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana."
In his letter, first obtained by Tom Angell of Massroots.com and verified independently by The Washington Post, Sessions argued that the amendment would "inhibit [the Justice Department's] authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act." He continues:I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime. The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.Sessions's citing of a "historic drug epidemic" to justify a crackdown on medical marijuana is at odds with what researchers know about current drug use and abuse in the United States. The epidemic Sessions refers to involves deadly opiate drugs, not marijuana. A growing body of research (acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) has shown that opiate deaths and overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana laws on the books.That research strongly suggests that cracking down on medical marijuana laws, as Sessions requested, could perversely make the opiate epidemic even worse.In an email, John Hudak of the Brookings Institution characterized the letter's arguments as a "scare tactic" that "could appeal to rank-and-file members or to committee chairs in Congress in ways that could threaten the future of this Amendment."Under PresidentBarack Obama, the Justice Department also sought to undermine the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. It circulated misleading talking points among Congress to influence debate over the measure, and it attempted to enforce the amendment in a way that "defies language and logic," "tortures the plain meaning of the statute" and is "at odds with fundamental notions of the rule of law," in the ruling of a federal judge.The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment has significant bipartisan support in Congress. Medical marijuana is incredibly popular with voters overall. A Quinnipiac poll conducted in April found it was supported by 94 percent of the public. Nearly three-quarters of voters said they disapprove of the government enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized it either medically or recreationally.Through a spokesman, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R.-Calif.) said that "Mr. Sessions stands athwart an overwhelming majority of Americans and even, sadly, against veterans and other suffering Americans who we now know conclusively are helped dramatically by medical marijuana."Advocates have been closely watching the Trump administration for any sign of how it might tackle the politically complex issue of marijuana legalization. Candidate Trump had offered support of state-level medical marijuana regulations, including the notion that states should be free to do what they want on the policy. But Sessions's letter, with its explicit appeal to allow the Justice Department to go after medical marijuana providers, appears to undermine that support.The letter, along with a signing statement from President Trump indicating some skepticism of medical marijuana protections, "should make everyone openly question whether candidate Trump's rhetoric and the White House's words on his support for medical marijuana was actually a lie to the American public on an issue that garners broad, bipartisan support," said Hudak of the Brookings Institution.Christopher Ingraham writes about politics, drug policy and all things data. He previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Pew Research Center.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author:  Christopher IngrahamPublished: June 13, 2017Copyright: 2017 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters washpost.com Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ URL: http://drugsense.org/url/wwmztZ9nCannabisNews  Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on June 16, 2017 at 05:33:57 PT
While Sessions is doing the devil's work,
-there are people in every walk of life fighting for the good of mankind.-0-Federal bill would protect medical marijuana states, provide access to vets
http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/06/15/federal-medical-marijuana-bill-states-veterans/81662/
 -in the Denver Post"Americans for Safe Access executive director Steph Sherer said in a statement, “With the only protection for these states set to expire with the federal budget in September, a permanent solution to this conflict is urgent and necessary.”
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Comment #10 posted by Had Enough on June 15, 2017 at 14:29:01 PT
RePost from an earlier thread
The momentum has been with us...It is now to the point of no return...These people can keep on demonizing plants...but it now has become just "a matter of time"...at best the blowhards can only slow down the process where in the past they could stop it...and looking back...they didn't really stop anything...they slowed it to a crawl that made it appear to be stopped...but regardless of that...we still made it to here...and it ain't goin' backwardsWe haven't heard much from John Walters or Calvina Fay lately...Was it John Walters that was pissed because the Drug Czar scam was booted out of the Presidential Cabinet some time back...Didn't he say "Kicked out of the Cabinet" or something like that...???With regard to Mr. Sessions...Are we seeing and hearing thrashing tails of the last of the dying dinosaurs that we used to mention in the past...??? 
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Comment #9 posted by Sam Adams on June 15, 2017 at 07:36:22 PT
temporary win in Mass.
we had some good news yesterday - the corrupt state legislature tried, in a sneaky way, to raise the cannabis tax from 12% to 28-55% and they were forced to retreat!https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/06/14/lawmakers-criticize-house-bill-that-would-rewrite-pot-law/XmcwiAOH5daSa9quYHGgxM/story.htmlhttp://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/06/high_weed_tax_defeats_purpose.html
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Comment #8 posted by elliott on June 14, 2017 at 06:19:51 PT:
jeff sessions and his reefer madness
no matter what sessions think the 10th amendment he doesn't know.in case you don't it prevents the govt from enforcing laws that the state does not agree with and protects their independence.maybe you should read it. federal law does not trump state laws.the founding fathers knew what they were doing. the federal govt cannot do this it is against the constitution.they can't pick which laws to enforce over states rights.when will the govt obey the constitution. if the people revolt then they are done
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on June 13, 2017 at 19:37:17 PT
If'E suffers sudden heart attache it be Our loss 
As I think further about this:Sessions Asked Congress To Let Him Prosecute humans who use cannabis for medical reasons.-0-He literally is requesting to be allowed to cage sick people who use what God created and said is good on the very 1st page of the Bible. ---Requesting to do so while congress has made decisions to protect sick citizens from people LIKE HIM.-While the growing overwhelming majority no longer thinks it acceptable to cage fellow citizens, neighbors and family members who use cannabis for medical reasons.-0-In short, the astonishing actions of this rouge wave will stabilize the boat for it will certainly not sink the ship.The opposing atoms this ignoid faces is beyond the scope of His understanding.He is SO FAR GONE, He CAN ONLY HELP OUR CAUSE. -The above similar headline is in most major and minor news outlets throughout OUR America exposing Him for OUR benefit. He being made a mockery for it!For Him to suffer a sudden heart attache would be Our loss.redundantly:For Him to suffer a sudden heart attache would be Our loss.
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Comment #6 posted by HempWorld on June 13, 2017 at 15:10:19 PT
Last Episode #7 Tonight!
Tonight’s final episode on Medical Marijuana is amazing.Yes, we saved the best for last!It airs at 9 p.m. Eastern and you do NOT want to miss it - I promise :-).Feel free to go to the page now, so that it’s open and ready in your web browser, and then at 9 p.m. Eastern (when the countdown on the page reaches all zeros), the page will automatically load the episode and you’ll be ready to go.Enjoy the rest of your day, and I’ll see you tonight :-).with Love and Gratitude,Mr. Jeff Sessions are you watching?https://thesacredplant.com/docuseries/?ref=852d2118-241a-4410-948f-911b56e10c94
Last Episode No. 7 Tonight!
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on June 13, 2017 at 12:09:10 PT
Another Article from Rolling Stone
Letter Shows Jeff Sessions' Plan to Prosecute Medical Marijuana ProvidersURL: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/letter-shows-sessions-plan-to-prosecute-medical-marijuana-w487728
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Comment #4 posted by MikeEEEEE on June 13, 2017 at 10:24:58 PT
What a scumbag 
People are asking me when trump will be assassinated. I don't condone such violence, but it shows how much they are discusted with these clowns. Trumps approval rating has never been lower. 
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on June 13, 2017 at 07:50:22 PT
Sessions is virtually alone on this issue.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' views and actions are out of touch with Americans and American values for 2017 and beyond.He's as close as ever to losing His position as AG. Can We please send this guy on His way? His services are no longer required.He represents an incremental minority of citizens, voters and rational thinkers.Worse than a mosquito. 
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on June 13, 2017 at 07:17:56 PT:
trust
I gotta laugh at all the libertarians who voted for that unprinicipled lowlife, thinking that he would keep his promises on Medical Marijuana and States Rights. He is a Republican, and a racist, and as such, he has very little interest in Marijuana, and the peace and brotherhood that it engenders. So, he appoints that pipsqueak Sessions, who is as ignorant about Marijuana, as Pat Buchanan is about Gay folks.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on June 13, 2017 at 06:29:43 PT
Unbelievable!
Just leave it to Jeff Sessions and Congress to go against science and 94% of the public opinion that medical marijuana is effective, especially in light of the current opiate epidemic.A complete waste and insanity!
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