The Attorney General of the US – despite his access to all the information about the benefits of medicinal cannabis and all of the downsides of trying to suppress it via never (ever) successful Drug War tactics – information which we know he’s been made aware of – is determined to personally turn back the clock and to create create huge tension and uncertainty between the states and federal government.
We’re not sure if he has 1970 in mind (when the Nixon Controlled Substances Act was passed leading to the incarceration of millions without any benefit to show for it), or perhaps to 1937 when the most incendiary and patently ridiculous propaganda became official US policy and was used to replace failed alcohol prohibition with failed “marihuana” prohibition (while destroying the industrial hemp business as well)….
…however, in recent days he’s decided to rescind the Cole Memorandum – which has left the federal government neutral on legal state medical cannabis programs for years – as is the subject of this New York Times article – and is working on other ways to throw the systems favored by over 90% of Americans into chaos….
These moves fly in the face of nearly every piece of research of research and all of what we know to be sound social policy.
We’ll have more on this shortly.
“Senator Cory Gardner, (R-CO), reacted angrily to the news. He accused Mr. Sessions of violating promises had made and threatened retaliation.
‘This reported action directly contradicts what he 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,’ Mr. Gardner wrote adding: ‘I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.’
Mr. Gardner also retweeted a video of President Trump telling a Colorado journalist in a July 2016 interview that if he were elected, he would not use federal authority to shut down sales of recreational marijuana in states that had legalized it.
‘I think it’s up to the states,’ Mr. Trump said then. ‘I am a states person. I think it should be up to the states. Absolutely’.”
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