Sessions Blasted By State Gov. Over Attempt To Interfere With Medical Marijuana

Sessions Blasted By State Gov. Over Attempt To Interfere With Medical Marijuana

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Sessions to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque The Democratic governor of Pennsylvania is “disturbed” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attempt to roll back protections for state medical marijuana laws and threatened legal action in a letter Thursday. Gov. Tom Wolf is reacting to a request from Sessions to Congress to eliminate a rule barring the Department of Justice from spending federal funds to interfere with state medical legalization laws. Sessions claims the restrictions are hampering the Justice Department’s ability to battle the national drug scourge. Wolf is unsettled by Sessions’ request , saying he fears it could undermine Pennsylvania’s sovereignty, reports Lancaster Online. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania partially legalized medical marijuana for certain conditions in 2016 and plan to expand and implement the program by 2018. State officials plan to grant 27 dispensary permits and 12 grower-processor permits by the end of June. “I am disturbed to know that you are actively pursuing a change in federal law to go after medical marijuana suppliers,” Wolf said in the letter sent Thursday. “We do not need the federal government getting in the way of Pennsylvania’s right to deliver them relief through our new medical marijuana program. If you seek to further disrupt our ability to establish a legal way to deliver relief of medical marijuana to our citizens, I will ask the Attorney General of Pennsylvania to take legal action to protect our residents and state sovereignty.” A letter from Sessions to Congress leaked Tuesday showing he petitioned lawmakers to scale back legal protections for medical marijuana. In the letter sent to Congress in May, Sessions asks they dismantle the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which passed in 2014 and […]

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