Congress blocked Attorney General from persecuting states with legal medical marijuana

❝ Attorney General Jeff Sessions is clearly fired up to fight state marijuana laws. Unfortunately for him, Congress just doused his chances.

The new 1,665-page spending bill maintains a provision that prevents the Department of Justice from using any of its funds to hamper state laws related to medical marijuana. The department cannot “prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana,”…

❝ The section that ties the hands of the Department of Justice on medical marijuana enforcement is not new. It has been around since 2015. But it received little fanfare amid the Obama Administration, which took a lenient stance on enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that legalized use…

…Sessions can still go after recreational use of marijuana in the eight states that have passed such laws. But without funding, Sessions has little ability to fight the medical marijuana laws in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

❝ Congress appears to be growing increasingly comfortable with states adopting their own marijuana policies. Unfortunately, spending prohibitions like these expire at the end of the fiscal year, so there is still a need for a long-term solution.

Another good reason to support independent-minded politicians of any identity. Yes, it’s important to fight and win battles to get for-real change into legislation. But, when we’re stuck with a swamp full of bought-and-paid-for right-wing pimps and ass-backwards 19th Century moralists – even getting the occasional beginner into office who doesn’t think progress is a dirty word is worth supporting.

2 thoughts on “Congress blocked Attorney General from persecuting states with legal medical marijuana

  1. Geezer says:

    “Daily Dose Of Cannabis May Protect And Heal The Brain From Effects Of Aging” (Forbes) https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/05/08/daily-dose-of-cannabis-may-protect-and-heal-the-brain-from-effects-of-aging/#495ecd4c2e44 “Researchers at the University of Bonn and Hebrew University have discovered that low, regular doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of the main active ingredients or cannabinoids found in marijuana, may help to keep our brains from ‘slowing down’ as we get older. Published today in the journal Nature Medicine, the German study revealed that while younger mice suffered a performance drop under the influence of THC, the psychoactive chemical gave older mice a considerable performance boost, even putting them on par with younger mice who’d abstained.”

  2. Doc says:

    “Science Calls Out Jeff Sessions on Medical Marijuana and the “Historic Drug Epidemic” : Rolling back protections from federal interference in state legalization laws could worsen the opioid overdose crisis” (Scientific American) https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/science-calls-out-jeff-sessions-on-medical-marijuana-and-the-historic-drug-epidemic/ “Amid a drug crisis that kills 91 people in the U.S. each day, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked Congress to help roll back protections that have shielded medical marijuana dispensaries from federal prosecutors since 2014, according to a letter made public this week. Those legal controls—which bar Sessions’s Justice Department from funding crackdowns on the medical cannabis programs legalized by 29 states and Washington, D.C.—jeopardize the DoJ’s ability to combat the country’s “historic drug epidemic” and control dangerous drug traffickers, the attorney general wrote in the letter sent to lawmakers.” See links and related stories in sidebar

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