Jeff Sessions’ Medical Marijuana memo is not what America needs

Jeff Sessions’ Medical Marijuana memo is not what America needs

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Jeff Sessions (Credit: Getty/Mark Wilson/AP/Seth Perlman/Photo montage by Salon) While Attorney General Jeff Sessions was making headlines on Tuesday testifying before a Congressional committee regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election, another controversy erupted over cannabis laws. In the May 1 letter, first unveiled on Monday night by Tom Angell at Massroots, Sessions claims the policy under the Obama administration “inhibits [the Justice Department’s] authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act.” Sessions clearly wants to remove federal marijuana protections in states that have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical consumption. Not only is that an economic error, it is a direct slap in the face to American patients. Sessions, in his letter to Congress, writes: “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.” The memo is a broadside attack on the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment , which bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to enforce marijuana laws in states that have passed legalization. Sessions, who has been one of the most ardent drug warriors in recent American history (he is on record saying “good people don’t smoke marijuana), is wrong on multiple levels. His letter disrespects a number of Americans and is simply not rooted in science. He also appears to be ignoring the will of the people, thumbing his nose at states’ rights and denying a booming new industry. Here are just some of the reasons the congressional leaders should put ignore the letter and return to sender: An Affront To Social Justice America’s long-running […]

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