The Sessions 'Marijuana Crackdown' Is Backfiring

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This post first appeared on his blog, Fractals of Change.

The bill would make it a crime punishable by a fine and/or a one-year prison term to "knowingly ship or transport marijuana into a state where its receipt, possession, or sale is prohibited". I'm for legalization; it's time for Congress to stop blowing smoke and start legislating. The DEA has kept it as a Schedule I controlled substance, putting it in the same category as LSD and heroin, with "no current acceptable medical use".

One of the most important steps we can take in furthering research into medical marijuana and its components like CBD is to decriminalize it on a national level, removing it from the list of narcotics, where it now sits with the likes of heroin and cocaine.

Were the legislature to legalize the drug and its retail sale in Connecticut, Sessions' hawkish stance on pot could dissuade some from entering the marijuana market.

Someone needs to tell Congress that when it comes to marijuana, the genie is out of the bottle.

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If California is like the other states where recreational marijuana use is legal, those estimates are likely to be lower than actual sales and revenue.

As the Drug Policy Alliance has shown, the criminalization regime and enforcement of keeping marijuana and others drugs illegal costs the USA government more than $50 billion annually-that includes the outrageous costs of imprisoning tens of thousands of people for nonviolent drug offenses. A month later, the president signed 23 executive orders addressing gun safety. As a senator and now as AG, Sessions has fought marijuana vigorously. Nevertheless, it remains as a classified drug for federal prosecution purposes.

Sessions may embrace federalism only when it suits his fancy, but the Senate should embrace it here and leave the war on marijuana up to the states that still choose to wage it and not force it upon those that don't. I am encouraged by Attorney General Sessions' revision of the Cole Memo. The case against Lopez-Serrano began in late 2011, according to DOJ, and resulted in the collection of more than 34,000 pounds of marijuana, about 3,000 pounds of meth, about 5,000 pounds of cocaine and about 200 pounds of heroin. Phones ringing off the hook, higher need for more employees and a necessity for security are all major realities for new shops selling California marijuana to people who once needed a medical card or a dealer.

According to the report, Trump's own efforts to force Sessions out by publicly humiliating him have been equally fruitless, though White House officials have privately guessed about who might replace him as attorney general. Where is the Sanders bill to declassify marijuana?

"The federal government has the right and responsibility to uphold federal laws".

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Republicans have long thought the states' should have final say over abortion rights and gay marriage, among other things. Roughly 60 percent of the USA population now lives where pot is legal. Presumably he'd support delisting. Ron Paul: Sessions should be fired over marijuana decision.

Quinnipiac Poll Has Strong Majority for Legalization, Opposition to Sessions Move. "He should focus his energies on prosecuting criminals, not patients".

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is leading the effort and needed to gather 252,523 valid signatures of registered MI voters by late last fall. Protesters said the federal government should not be interfering with medical marijuana. Gaetz should consider proposing legislation.

"The people of MA voted to legalize marijuana and the state is working diligently to fulfill its obligations to the voters", Capuano said in a statement.

"The policy shift announced last week denies the will of Alaskans, who voted overwhelmingly to legalize cannabis in 2014", Guttenberg said in a Monday press release.

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