Sessions' Usurpation of State Marijuana Laws Tramples Constitution

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In November, Costello signed onto a bipartisan letter that urged leadership in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to include protections for states that have passed a law that allows for the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. "The Rohrbacher-Blumenauer budget amendment (which prohibits use of federal funds for DOJ enforcement of federal marijuana laws against state-sanctioned medical marijuana licensees) is still likely to be renewed at the end of January".

One of them was Gov. Kate Brown, who pointed out that over 19,000 jobs have been created since recreational marijuana was made legal in Oregon. The Drug Enforcement Administration "is run out of Washington, and while they are supposed to serve states' attorneys general, the DEA doesn't need their permission to do anything in those districts".

Several members of Nevada congress have come forth in defiance of the resolution. "The states can enact their own laws, but the federal government can say, "We're going to prosecute people and businesses, '" said Alex Kreit, a marijuana law expert at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego". "These reported actions are an insult to Nevada voters, an affront to states' rights, and a threat to our local economy".

Mr. Rohrabacher said AG Sessions' move should galvanize national support for marijuana legalization. "Whether it's industrial hemp for excellent nutrient management of agricultural soils, or marijuana medically prescribed for a patient with cancer or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome), I think medicinal research and state regulations should be our guide, not outdated federal regulations".

Colorado's US attorney, Bob Troyer, said his office won't change its approach to prosecution, despite Sessions' guidance.

The President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis concluded in its report that "there is a lack of sophisticated outcome data on dose, potency, and abuse potential for marijuana".

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AG Sessions had been reasonably quiet for the last couple of months after a misfire in August, but on Thursday he launched a significant salvo in a memo sent to the Department of Justice for the attention of all US Attorneys.

"Legal marijuana has become so entrenched in the USA - it's a multibillion-dollar industry - and I don't see the people who are behind this, people like myself, rolling over for the Justice Department, which means Congress will have to act", Morse said. Booker says Sessions' "obsession with marijuana" puts him "on the wrong side of history".

The attorney general's anti-pot crusade runs against the grain not only of public sentiment - almost two-thirds of Americans say pot should be legal - but of GOP sentiment as well: A slim majority of Republicans support legalization, and support is particularly high (pardon the term) among young Republicans. However, if you care about cannabis legalization and the will of OR voters to be free of Jeff Sessions' morality police, it is imperative that we take action. In Washington state alone, the marijuana industry paid Dollars $280 million in taxes in the last fiscal year.

In justifying his action, Sessions lists federal statutes making cannabis illegal, indicating his belief that those statutes "reflect Congress' determination that marijuana is a risky drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime".

Our Constitution requires the legislative branch of our government to determine laws, and the executive branch to enforce existing law.

So California will be the next guinea pig in the legal pot lineup. "The war on drugs, to me, is a war on liberty". "There will be no Federal agents chasing individual users-but it will give law enforcement the discretion it lost when the Cole Memo was issued". States saw the policy as a guide to keep the feds out of their business. The rule of law flourishes when we know how we will be treated by actually existing legal institutions.

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