Will Congress side with Trump or Sessions on medical marijuana rider?

Will Congress side with Trump or Sessions on medical marijuana rider?

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It’s no secret Jeff Sessions does not like marijuana. He prosecuted it vigorously as a U.S. attorney and opposed weakening of any marijuana laws in the Senate. But Sessions is not president; he is the attorney general and his values do not seem to line up with the president. President Trump thinks marijuana should be legal for medicinal use and that can be determined by individual states. However, Sessions has taken active steps in recent days , that could force federal law enforcement officials to revert back t stricter marijuana enforcement — even in states where it has been made legal. Federal marijuana laws remain in place. However, since 2014, Congress has passed an annual rider that calls for no money to be spent on prosecuting marijuana use whether medical or recreational in states that have legalized weed — so long as the people involved are in compliance with state laws. The additional provision has been critical in enabling suppliers to invest in their operations without fear they would be shut down in the short term. The rider is supposed to come up for a vote on March 23 , and Sessions has sent a letter to congressional leaders asking them not to pass it this time. He said we are in the middle of an historic drug epidemic and a potentially long-term increase in violent crime. He asked that he be free to use “all laws available” to enforce the Controlled Substances Act. “It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States,” Sessions said in his announcement. “…Federal law is the supreme law of the land.” But who supports this war? Polls show 94 percent of Americans – and 91 percent of Republicans – support medical marijuana, and two-thirds of […]

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