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Sessions' call for marijuana enforcement condemned by cannabis industry, investors

Sessions' call for marijuana enforcement condemned by cannabis industry, investors

Sessions "wants to maintain a system that has led to tremendous injustice ... and that has wasted federal resources on a huge scale", said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Really? How exactly is that going to work?

Currently, over half of the the states have legalized marijuana use, medical or recreational.

Iran moves to put the brakes on drug executions, another national poll has strong support for marijuana legalization, a legalization bill gets filed in New Jersey, a medical marijuana bill gets filed in Kentucky, and more. "And the message to Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Hands off".

What Sessions hopes to accomplish remains unclear. No pot - nowhere, no how. He pointed to illicit sales within the US and loosely regulated medical marijuana markets as more likely substitutes, should Sessions successfully cut down the recreational market.

Again, the cat, the bag - and how would that federal law even be enforced at this stage?

Ultimately, politicians on both the left and the right, are still standing in the way of the will of the people on this issue. While an overwhelming number of Democrats opposed the approach championed by Sessions, the question cleaved Republicans.

First, the dollars and cents. That will most likely rise to $9 billion this year.

Murphy has said legal pot could bring in an estimated $300 million in tax revenue. No state law legalizes those drugs, and no such legalization is on the horizon.

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And about those constituents.

Sessions is unlikely to bother medical marijuana markets for now because of a budget amendment originally passed in 2014 that prevents the Justice Department from using federal funds to target medical markets. They come from all walks of mainstream life. "They are recognizing and respecting the will of voters". Now, another pot protection is at risk, one that Sessions would like to see disappear. No president has either the moral or legal authority to decide which laws he thinks are worth enforcing.

Members of Congress have called the action "heartless and cold" and one that "bulldozes over the will of the American people".

A Republican who served as a prosecutor for a decade before entering politics, Garrett a year ago filed a bill to end the federal ban on marijuana and allow individual states to determine what marijuana policy is best. "He should focus his energies on prosecuting criminals, not patients".

When pressed in the past, Congress has acted to protect state laws on marijuana.

Sessions announced the change Thursday when a blizzard shut down federal and state offices and schools throughout the state. So far, none has been courageous enough to come forward with such legislation.

Obama was guilty of a contemptuous disregard for the rule of law, and Sessions, to his credit, has re-established it.

Finance staffers consulted with their counterparts in Colorado, Washington and other states where marijuana is already legal to arrive at their estimates, said H.D. Palmer, a department spokesman. "His edit was a much more laissez-faire approach that prohibited state officials from assisting federal agents in the event they attempted to enforce federal laws pertaining to gun control, asserting that a "state agency may not use or authorize the use of a state asset to implement or aid in the implementation of a requirement of an order of the President of the United States", or any federal law that Congress might pass if it "[infringed] on a person's right... to keep and bear arms [.]" The proposal restricted the state from using any resources to assist in denying "a person a right to due process" under both the USA and Alaska Constitutions. Now, Congress has a duty to act, rather than taking the politically comfortable position of sniping at Attorney General Sessions from the sidelines.