Attorney General and weed-hating buzzkill Jeff Sessions rescinded three Obama-era policies that now puts the future of legal marijuana use in jeopardy. Although several states have adopted lax cannabis laws that have either decriminalized or legalized pot, it’s still an illegal drug under federal law.
The hands-off approach of the previous administration left it up to states to decide how they wanted to prosecute weed cases as long as state laws didn’t interfere with federal policies, such as fighting drug cartels. Now, under Sessions, who famously said that
“good people don’t smoke marijuana,”
a national crackdown on weed has been implemented and U.S. attorneys will be able to decide which cases to prosecute.
So much for Sessions supporting states’ rights. Sessions’ memo was released the same week that California made history as the sixth state to legalize recreational marijuana use after Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada. Both the recreational and medical marijuana industries are on edge given Sessions’ track record. Republicans and Democrats state leaders in pot-friendly states (Massachusetts and Maine could potentially begin sales this year) took to social media to shutdown Sessions’ actions and rally support for pro-weed legislation.
Kamala Harris ✔
@KamalaHarris Sessions should be focusing on issues like transnational criminal organizations and investigating and prosecuting human trafficking, not going after Californians who are using recreational and medicinal marijuana. 4:01 PM - Jan 7, 2018 486 486 Replies 2,714 2,714 Retweets 9,594 9,594 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter
Ron Wyden ✔
@RonWyden My full statement on AG Sessions' announcement today: 9:36 AM - Jan 4, 2018 98 98 Replies 717 717 Retweets 1,439 1,439 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Senator
Jeff Merkley ✔
@SenJeffMerkley Replying to @SenJeffMerkley There's nothing to be gained from going back to an era when fed resources were wasted prosecuting nonviolent cannabis crimes. This will create massive uncertainty, hurt local biz & tax revenue, & harm public safety by driving cannabis activity back into the dangerous black market 10:30 AM - Jan 4, 2018 47 47 Replies 166 166 Retweets 559 559 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Cory Gardner ✔
@SenCoryGardner Replying to @SenCoryGardner This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states. 7:10 AM - Jan 4, 2018 1,242 1,242 Replies 3,556 3,556 Retweets 8,754 8,754 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Sen.
@SenBooker We must stop Jeff Sessions' backwards actions. There is now great urgency to pass the Marijuana Justice Act to legalize marijuana on the federal level. Now is the time. Call your Senator. http:// bit.ly/2EVR6gT 8:50 AM - Jan 4, 2018 836 836 Replies 10,884 10,884 Retweets 21,947 21,947 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
@SenWarren Replying to @SenWarren Congress needs to take immediate action to protect state marijuana laws, and the patients that rely on them. 11:42 AM - Jan 4, 2018 419 419 Replies 1,262 1,262 Retweets 5,195 5,195 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Kirsten Gillibrand ✔
@SenGillibrand Our country is in the midst of an opioid crisis and the AG is going to divert resources to cracking down on medical marijuana? This is either willfully ignorant or cowing to corporate greed on behalf of pharma special interest profits. 10:29 AM - Jan 4, 2018 1,385 1,385 Replies 12,613 12,613 Retweets 35,940 35,940 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Kirsten Gillibrand ✔
@SenGillibrand Replying to @SenGillibrand DOJ should investigate how pharma helped create the opioid crisis, not institute policies that take marijuana based medicines from patients and needlessly target non-violent minority youths. 10:29 AM - Jan 4, 2018 169 169 Replies 1,739 1,739 Retweets 5,418 5,418 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Chuck Schumer ✔
@SenSchumer Replying to @SenSchumer I believe that the States should continue to be the labs of democracy when it comes to recreational & medical marijuana. Jeff, this is one place where states’ rights works. Let each state decide. 12:27 PM - Jan 6, 2018 309 309 Replies 427 427 Retweets 1,990 1,990 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Colorado Senate Dems
@COSenDem We'll give Jeff Sessions our legal pot when he pries it from our warm, extremely interesting to look at hands. https:// twitter.com/NBCNews/status /948921688519008256 … 8:07 AM - Jan 4, 2018 1,352 1,352 Replies 37,277 37,277 Retweets 112,424 112,424 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter
Colorado Senate Dems
@COSenDem Replying to @COSenDem For example, the BEST program receives millions of dollars in marijuana tax revenue to help build or improve schools in rural Colorado. Here are some projects we've funded for our kids that would be out millions of dollars if Jeff Sessions had his way. https://www. cde.state.co.us/cdefinance/cca bestlegislativereportfy15-16 … 8:07 AM - Jan 4, 2018 30 30 Replies 1,949 1,949 Retweets 6,104 6,104 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter Sen.
Lisa Murkowski ✔
@lisamurkowski 8:04 AM - Jan 4, 2018 527 527 Replies 197 197 Retweets 462 462 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Tulsi Gabbard ✔
@TulsiGabbard RT if you think it's time Congress takes up my bill H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances. https:// twitter.com/NBCNews/status /948921688519008256 … 7:51 AM - Jan 4, 2018 130 130 Replies 3,747 3,747 Retweets 3,813 3,813 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Ted Lieu ✔
@tedlieu Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions and @TheJusticeDept: Let me give you a list of things more important for federal prosecutors and federal law enforcement to pursue other than marijuana: 1. Basically anything. https:// twitter.com/NYDailyNews/st atus/948921509648719872 … 6:44 AM - Jan 4, 2018 1,702 1,702 Replies 18,413 18,413 Retweets 43,692 43,692 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Bernie Sanders ✔
@SenSanders No, Attorney General Sessions. Marijuana is not the same as heroin. No one who has seriously studied the issue believes that. Quite the contrary. We should allow states the right to move toward the decriminalization of marijuana, not reverse the progress that has been made. 8:18 AM - Jan 4, 2018 3,494 3,494 Replies 55,773 55,773 Retweets 177,485 177,485 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter
Gideon Resnick ✔
@GideonResnick Statement from Gov. Baker's office on the DOJ memo on marijuana: "The administration believes this is the wrong decision and will review any potential impacts from any policy changes by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office.” 9:26 AM - Jan 4, 2018 3 3 Replies 12 12 Retweets 19 19 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy View image on Twitter
Gideon Resnick ✔
@GideonResnick Replying to @GideonResnick Gov. Inslee, obviously not happy about it either 9:42 AM - Jan 4, 2018 5 5 Replies 6 6 Retweets 7 7 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
Rep. Don Beyer ✔
@RepDonBeyer Justice Dept. under Sessions and Trump: - Weaken civil rights enforcement - Block decision to end federal private prisons - More mandatory minimum sentences - Restore civil asset seizure - Dismantle community policing - Attack states legalizing pot These policies are connected. https:// twitter.com/npr/status/948 938591777980418 … 8:07 AM - Jan 4, 2018 28 28 Replies 375 375 Retweets 520 520 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy
If you feel that the Justice Department should leave it to the states to decide their own laws about pot without meddling from the federal government or want to express your thoughts on federal legalization then contact your elected officials and share your thoughts.
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