Congress Gives Jeff Sessions $0 To Go After MMJ
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Congress Gives Jeff Sessions $0 To Go After MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on May 01, 2017 at 19:43:44 PT
By Jennifer Bendery
Source: Huffington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Congress, once again, is blocking the Justice Department from spending any money that interferes with state medical marijuana laws.In their newly unveiled budget bill, lawmakers included a provision, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, that allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention. The bill, which funds the government through the end of September, is expected to pass this week.
Here’s the full text of the marijuana provision:None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.It’s not unusual to find this tucked into a budget bill; lawmakers have been renewing the medical marijuana provision in every consecutive budget since it first passed in 2014. But what it shows is that Congress isn’t interested in stepping up federal oversight of state pot laws under the Trump administration, even as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions hints that he wants a crackdown.He issued an ominous warning in February to states with legalized marijuana. “States, they can pass the laws they choose,” Sessions said at a Justice Department press briefing. “I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”He has also said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and that pot is only “slightly less awful” than heroin. Last year, heroin killed nearly 13,000 people. Nobody has ever died from a marijuana overdose.Jeffrey Zucker, president of the cannabis business strategy firm Green Lion Partners, praised lawmakers for sticking with the status quo.“Medical cannabis patients in the U.S. can rest easy knowing they won’t have to return to the black market to acquire their medicine,” Zucker said. “Operators can relax a bit knowing their hard work isn’t for naught and their employees’ jobs are safe.”In theory, Sessions could still take action against states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Eight states and the District of Columbia have laws like this, and they are not shielded by the language in the budget bill.And while medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia (and another 15 states have laws allowing limited use of cannabidiol, or CBD, the non-psychoactive ingredient in pot that holds promise for therapeutic use), cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. That’s why proponents of medical marijuana are thrilled by the ongoing legislative caveat, but ultimately have their sights set on changing the law. “While this is great as a continuing step, it’s important for activists and the industry to remain vigilant and getting cannabis federally unscheduled and truly ending the prohibition of this medicinal plant,” Zucker said.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Jennifer BenderyPublished: May 1, 2017Copyright: 2017, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by LegalCannabis on May 03, 2017 at 07:16:14 PT
Beyond Stupidity
The only thing "beyond stupidity" is how such uneducated people get to be in charge of things they clearly know nothing about.This is not a religion, where your beliefs matter. This is a serious issue that has to be dealt with by listening to scientists and looking at the real data.It's sad to see how people who know nothing about an issue get to decide how it's going to be dealt with. Such a broken system. No wonder, the system is even older than the people running it.
Weed legalization by state
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on May 02, 2017 at 09:29:38 PT
illegal is legal....1984
>>> cannabis is still illegal at the federal level.while illegal at the federal "level", cannabis is actually legal in Washington, DC. This is another way the federal govt. has become like the Vatican....replacing the prior church-of-choice system with one compulsory religion for every resident of the US. The fed is now almost like a state-within-a-state. You walk on the wrong side of the block and you've passed from DC into fed territory and are now illegal. You now answer to some crazed, irrational religious zealot (Sessions).
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Comment #5 posted by Soupherb on May 02, 2017 at 05:56:30 PT:
To all concerned
From day one which would be the 1920's the entire scourge against the very useful plant has been about money.
Which is power. Power over the people.
The more things change the more they stay the same when man is concerned...sigh.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 02, 2017 at 05:23:46 PT
MikeEEEEE and The GCW
I agree with the both of you! This whole administration keeps my head spinning! Where has common sense gone?
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on May 01, 2017 at 21:13:41 PT
Christie Calls Push for Marijuana Legalization 'Beyond Stupidity'I'd give Sessions LESS THAN $0& trump.-0-These are distasteful jokes; 'Beyond Stupidity'-On their last leg.Almost gone and not in the way anyway.-0-We need to simply keep doing what We've been doing and ignore what We've been ignoring.
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Comment #2 posted by MikeEEEEE on May 01, 2017 at 20:54:30 PT
FoM: Christie
Christie is very unpopular in New Jersey. Still hungry for power, he may aline himself with the new crazies in power. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 01, 2017 at 19:48:05 PT
Christie Calls Push for Marijuana Legalization
Christie Calls Push for Marijuana Legalization 'Beyond Stupidity'URL:
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