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Old 01-05-2018, 02:22 AM #1
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Sessions rescinds Obama era cannabis policy

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that had adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.

The move essentially shifts federal policy from the hands-off approach adopted under the previous administration to unleashing federal prosecutors across the country to decide individually how to prioritize resources to crack down on pot possession, distribution and cultivation of the drug in states where it is legal.
While many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law. Thursday's announcement is a major decision for an attorney general who has regularly decried marijuana use as dangerous.
In a written statement Thursday, Sessions called the shift a "return to the rule of law" but he did not go as far as some advocates had feared he might, stopping short of explicitly directing more prosecutions, resources or other efforts to take down the industry as a whole.
"In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the department's finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions," Sessions said in a memo to all federal prosecutors. "These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which cases to prosecute to weigh all relevant considerations of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community."

Not surprised he waited until after California legalized to do this. I'm sure it's been planned from the start. Wait until the largest number of people have invested the money and energy in the cannabis industry to inflict the greatest harm. He can pick and choose who he wants to bust, who to take bribes from. The Feds are going to make a lot of money and of course the small businesses will take the biggest falls. The big corporate connected groups will be able to hire the lawyers and pay to get a monopoly on the industry.
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Old 01-05-2018, 02:44 AM #3
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GOP senator OF COLORADO rips Sessions over marijuana policy

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Meanwhile vermont is on its way to legalization the house just passed the bill and the senate and governor are expected to be on board also...what a shitfest mr j sessions is getting himself in to what the fuck is trump doing? He has some blame here also he better fucking tweet something about this hes 100 % for medical and states rights
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Another blow to states rights. Like I needed another reason to dislike AG Sessions with his huge stakes in pharma and correction industries
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DEA is a cloakroom. Without the assistance of local law enforcement (of which there do happen to be pockets of extreme ignorance), the DEA has little to no power.

They're going to get strong resistance in MANY areas of MANY states. People who know the truth have little patience for people who are ignorant, regardless of their "position of power."
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Douglas.Curtis is right, without local law enforcement and state prosecutors the federal prosecutors and DEA don't have the funds or manpower to accomplish much. They can still waste the public's time and money, make a few peoples' lives miserable but I don't think there will be much change in the Rec/Med states.
One area it will affect is reforming the Rec/Med laws that have already passed. In Washington for instance the medical community got screwed by the Recreational law passing. There was talk of changing the law to help medical users get better access. This probably won't happen now because the state senate will be frightened of running afoul of the Feds. The other legal states will probably follow a similar policy of treading lightly.
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Douglas.Curtis is right, without local law enforcement and state prosecutors the federal prosecutors and DEA don't have the funds or manpower to accomplish much. They can still waste the public's time and money, make a few peoples' lives miserable but I don't think there will be much change in the Rec/Med states.
One area it will affect is reforming the Rec/Med laws that have already passed. In Washington for instance the medical community got screwed by the Recreational law passing. There was talk of changing the law to help medical users get better access. This probably won't happen now because the state senate will be frightened of running afoul of the Feds. The other legal states will probably follow a similar policy of treading lightly.
Yeah there was a Cole memo kinda thing from 2009 which was there just to protect MMJ and he reminded that one too. Its like the guy doesn't want to live forever with infinite free cancer cures or something, seems dumb to me.
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I think it might be a good thing

That it is this jackass becoming the face of the anti cannabis argument. The more he talks the more motivated and moved public opinion will shift. If we can get through this next year without much damage to our progress the midterm elections will go in the favor of cannabis freedom as states legalize and the house and senate will act to spite this jackass. Progress takes decades and we are are at the crest about to head down the hill. Just in case I will stay hidden in the hills growing the best that I can. Cheers to the soldiers of this change.
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