Governor Says DOJ Wants To Sow Doubt on Marijuana
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Governor Says DOJ Wants To Sow Doubt on Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on February 24, 2018 at 05:38:23 PT
By Alexis Simendinger 
Source: Hill
Colorado -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s tough stance on legalized marijuana could lead to federal closure of some facilities in states where it’s legal, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) predicts in a new interview.“He does not think in any way that it’s a good thing for this country to have legal marijuana, so when he rattles his saber, I wouldn’t be surprised if he closes down one or two of these facilities just to make that statement,” Hickenlooper told The Hill’s Power Politics podcast.
In 2012, Colorado voters amended the state’s Constitution to legalize recreational marijuana, which went on sale there in 2014. Hickenlooper opposed the measure initially, but has defended the decision as the will of his state.Thirty states and Washington, D.C., have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. The Colorado governor said the trend is nearing “critical mass” and should nudge Congress and the Trump administration to take specific, supportive action."Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, Congress will step in and say, 'OK, we’re going to allow states to pursue these experiments, and we’re going to let them have banking so it’s not all done in cash, and you’re putting people’s lives at risk, and we’re going to have better tests … someone’s going to figure out a breathalyzer for marijuana,'" he said.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has told governors the administration is weighing an approach to banks that remain leery of serving marijuana businesses and their cash transactions. Governors believe the allure of cash encourages crime and threatens public safety.After talking with the attorney general, Hickenlooper said he believes the Justice Department wants to “sow doubt” through tough federal action as a way to deter the marijuana trend nationwide.“There’s no predictability now in the marijuana business,” Hickenlooper said during a discussion on the sidelines of the annual National Governors’ Association conference in Washington this week.The term-limited governor, who is in his final year in office, said officials in other states consult him about the pros and cons of legalizing cannabis.“I tell people to wait another year or two,” he said.The Colorado governor said that to date, research in his state has not shown an increase in marijuana use by teenagers nor a surge in people driving while high, something that critics of the measure warned could happen when voters weighed legalization in 2012.One consequence, he said, is that many former black marketeers have emerged from the shadows.“Now, look at all these people who are involved in the marijuana business and are paying taxes. They’re not breaking the law,” Hickenlooper said.During a separate interview this week, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, said he also defends marijuana legalization as a states-rights issue.In 2015, Alaska became the third state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older.“It’s created a bit of commerce,” the governor said, noting that no communities have voted to opt out. “It has generated employment.”Source: Hill, The (US DC)Author: Alexis Simendinger Published: February 24, 2018Copyright: 2018 The HillContact: editor thehill.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on February 26, 2018 at 22:53:08 PT
Oh no.
Judge Dismisses Case to Overturn Schedule I Status of Cannabis
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on February 25, 2018 at 22:26:58 PT
I'm going to try to find a way to love Pete and Jeff in my heart and care about their ignorance and unreasonable fear and to feel pity and forgiveness for them about all that... and sincerely pray for them.I've been up this road before. It's not easy. 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on February 25, 2018 at 20:43:52 PT
 Sessions, "might be possessed by some sort of evil spirit."-0-Cannabis prohibition, persecution and extermination is THE DEVIL LAW. Without evil spirits, there would be no such thing as caging responsible adults who use what God indicates He created and says is good on literally the very 1st page of the Bible.Cannabis prohibition is used to separate people from the ability to receive the "spirit of truth." -EVIL.Evil, right out in the open. A litmus test for the devil or satan or what ever evil is called.Cannabis prohibition is a litmus test issue.Illuminative. Christ God Our Father makes sessions bright to those who see.Evil eternal.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on February 25, 2018 at 17:41:35 PT
this piece sounds like Governor Hickenlooper is sad and afraid.That inclines me to some sadness and fear.Oh my. 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on February 25, 2018 at 17:37:55 PT
I think Sessions 
might be possessed by some sort of evil spirit. But why? There is something going on with him besides his professed rigid love of rigid rule of rigid law.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on February 24, 2018 at 08:24:57 PT
Sessions is what you call BACKWARDS!
Quote:"“It’s created a bit of commerce,” the governor said, noting that no communities have voted to opt out. “It has generated employment.”"Yes, and it reduces crime and opioid addiction and there are many, many other benefits to society, but Sessions does not understand the issues and has never studied them.He is doing the American people a huge DIS-services!Out with dogma, stupidity and racism!God help us!
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