Chem Tales: Reefer Sadness as Jeff Sessions Declares War on Pot

Chem Tales: Reefer Sadness as Jeff Sessions Declares War on Pot

Pot in America now-California legalizes recreational marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions changes federal policy.

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The new US attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in mid-December, called marijuana "a unsafe drug" in his statement on Sessions' action. It is illegal to obtain medical marijuana without a prescription, and with Sessions ordering prosecutors to pursue harsh sentences against offenders of recreational marijuana, then more strain will be placed on the judicial system and prisons. Sessions, however, is shown making the statement, "Good people don't smoke marijuana", and a Newsweek headline seen in the video refers to the Attorney General's "war against legal marijuana".

"When the policy is so broad and uncertain that it's left case by case to different decision makers, it creates confusion and uncertainty that can be unjust", Walsh said.

Moreover, Sessions did not actually announce that there would be a crackdown on cannabis businesses, but rather that it would be left to the discretion of the local USA attorneys in the various districts to decide how and when to enforce the federal laws.

The U.S. attorney for Oregon, Billy J. Williams, indicated he would maintain the same level of enforcement with state and local authorities by focusing on unlicensed production of marijuana and smuggling to other states. Passed in 2014, the amendment barred the DOJ from using federal monies or resources to take any enforcement action again medical marijuana.

In the past decade medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Critics of Sessions' decision, including members of the Republican Party, say the federal government should respect the wishes of local voters and stay out of states' marijuana choices. CNBC's Chris Morris went to the extent of accusing Sessions of waging a "war on small business".

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Rep. Andy Harris, a physician who is Maryland's sole Republican in Congress, said he supports the move by Sessions.

"The Justice Department's decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum completely disregards the steps the state of Colorado has taken to regulate legal marijuana dispensaries and retail stores", Bennet wrote.

In 2011, California's four US attorneys announced that they were going after the state's "widespread and illegal marijuana industry". "The failure to do so will invite chaos, which will do more to harm public safety than to restrict legal marijuana".

The Trump administration likes to say that policy is best set by the states and not in Washington.

Federal prosecutors are not elected, but they often have long histories working in their districts. Republicans Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of the first states to legalize recreational grass, expressed a sense of betrayal. Far from reducing crime, outlawing drugs causes crime by ensuring criminals will control the market for drugs.

Although his own investigative panel recommended decriminalizing marijuana, Nixon's aides later cited his animus toward hippies and black political activists as leading him to reject that move.

"There is no more safe haven with regard to the federal government and marijuana, but it's also the beginning of the story and not the end", said Kevin Sabet, president and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, who was among several anti-marijuana advocates who met with Sessions last month. "It's going to dry up a lot of the institutional investment that has gone toward marijuana in the last five years".

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