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What They’re Saying: Sessions' War on Pot

by Countable | 1.5.18

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Thursday that he plans to end the policy that allowed states to relax restrictions on recreational pot without the threat of federal interference.

Politicians from across the political spectrum reacted with dismay to the decision, especially those representing states that legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana.

Washington Democratic governor Jay Inslee, whose constituents voted to legalize marijuana some five years ago, tweeted:

Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker, whose state is expected to open dispensaries later this year, said:

"The Baker-Polito Administration full supports the will of the voters and the [Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission]'s mission. 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."

Republican senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – whose state legalized recreational pot in 2015 – tweeted a statement that included:

"Over the past year I repeatedly discouraged Attorney General Sessions from taking this action and asked that he work with the states and Congress if he feels changes are necessary. Today's announcement is disruptive to state regulatory regimes and regrettable."

Republicans and Democrats in Colorado, which legalized recreational pot in 2014, took aim at Sessions.

Republican senator Cory Gardner blasted the AG in a series of tweets:

Colorado Democratic state senators shared Gardner’s sentiments, though they were a bit more mellow:

Oregon Democratic senator Ron Wyden – whose state legalized pot in 2014 – tweeted:

Nevada began selling recreational marijuana in July 2017. The state’s Republican governor, Brian Sandoval, released a statement saying:

"I believe Nevada's marijuana industry is a model for other states. My staff and I will review the memo that was released this morning and our state options. I look forward to the appointment of the new Nevada United States Attorney and further guidance that will be provided by the Department of Justice.

Recreational marijuana use became legal in California on Monday. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents California’s 12th congressional district, tweeted:

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  • Grace
    01/06/2018
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    Marijuana and CBD has helped my major depressive disorder, but also my eczema, and my general pain. And guess what? CBD has also helped me control my dog’s autoimmune disease, as well as calming them down. Why do people still insist that this drug is dangerous?! Protect our weed!

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  • OlderNWiser
    01/06/2018
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    Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump— synonyms for lying and corruption. Why are they still in office? What happened to states rights? The war on cannabis is war on people of color, war on states rights, war on we, the people of the United States. It is a dubious honor to fill for-profit prisons at International record-breaking rates for using a medicine much more benign than alcohol or cigarettes so opioid manufacture and prison profits flourish . We are living in the dark ages of exploitation of the serfs. Imagine being arrested for having a drink? Stay tuned.

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  • Luann
    01/05/2018
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    My husband relied on medical marijuana during his cancer prognosis, treatment and upto his transition to hospice care. It helped him with nausea, appetite, pain control and sleep. Without that access he would have suffered horribly. The states are approving medical and recreational marijuana use because that is what their residents want. Sessions needs to butt out and keep his views to himself. One man’s opinion should not override the will of the people.

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/05/2018
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    John Katko doesn’t represent the will of the people and uses out of touch drug war doctrine to justify his actions against the people. Dear [Radical Moderate], Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 975, the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017. It is good to hear from you. Any proposal to alter the regulations on a controlled substance must be carefully considered to ensure the protection and preservation of public safety. Having served as a federal prosecutor and witnessed the impact of drug related crimes, I have concerns about the legalization of marijuana because I believe it can serve as a gateway drug to other, more addictive and harmful, illicit substances. As you know, on February 7, 2017, H.R. 975 was introduced in the House and has since been referred to the Committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary, where it awaits review. This legislation would amend the Controlled Substances Act to state that no provision of the Act related to marijuana will apply to any person acting in compliance with state laws. Should this legislation come before the House for a vote, I will keep your thoughts in mind. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me on this important matter. I hope that you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you and your family, as your input helps me to better serve you as your Representative in Congress. If you would like to stay informed of the latest issues coming out of Washington, you can visit www.katko.house.gov to sign up for my e-newsletter. Sincerely, John Katko Member of Congress. A GATEWAY DRUG? REALLY? Is that what Sessions told you to say? What’s he gonna say when there’s a Democrat in the Ny24th.

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  • CannabisSavedMe
    01/05/2018
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    In 2016 Jeff Sessions said that “Good people don’t smoke marijuana”. I believe that good people don’t withhold life saving natural medicine from the sick and needy. Sessions held a drug policy roundtable at the Department of Justice recently and invited the media to record some of the discussions. The Attorney General, said marijuana is "not a healthy substance." He then later said he doesn't believe the public is well-informed about cannabis and said that educating people is an important step in enacting a rational drug policy. Of course, we could retort that it's actually Jeff Sessions and the federal government who are not well-informed about marijuana, or simply ignoring much of the information we do know about cannabis. The Trump administration has ignored studies showing medical marijuana reduces opioid abuse in states where it's legal, and many of Sessions' most inflammatory comments about cannabis have been proven false. Cannabis has been scientifically proven to be effective treatment in numerous illnesses. I too have benefited from the medical use of cannabis and use it instead of the prescription opiates I was severely addicted to. Cannabis has saved my life and released me from the pharmaceutical chains I wore for over six years. I know personally that Cannabis saves lives! I believe it should be legalized nationally and made affordable for anyone who would benefit from its medical use.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    01/05/2018
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    I would like to take a moment to point out a couple Cultural Wars going on in the U.S. Republicans have a war on pot... a substance that benefits society more than it harms. Republicans claim that Liberals have a war on Christmas; a holiday that may potentially cause more harm to society more than it benefits.... (I’ll defer to Grad students to prepare the appropriate thesis and evidentiary proof on this theory😁).

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  • Pru
    01/07/2018
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    Marijuana in Colorado has reduced opioid use!!! Great medical help for pain, nerve damage, cancer patients, anxiety, depression!!! Use it!!! Non addicting!!! This is not a gateway drug, but it cuts into big pharma!

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  • Robert
    01/05/2018
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    What a waste of tax money, why don’t they spend the money on rehab for people getting hooked on prescriptions. I don’t see anyone sending these pharmaceutical companies CEOs to prison, they are the biggest drug pushers out there.

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  • Robert
    01/06/2018
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    Simple case of the politician being out of touch with constituents and reality

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  • RadicalModerate
    01/05/2018
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    What scares you most about weed legalization? Loss of profits for your corporate overlords? Or are you more afraid of half of all Americans rising up from subjugation and demanding equal rights?

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  • Angelbeastster
    01/07/2018
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    Sessions war on pot is a thinly veiled attempt to stop the eroding of pharmaceutical profits with supposedly moral arguments, the American people have spoken clearly on the issue of cannabis legalization and another wave of denial of the people’s will, combined with a scam of a tax plan is asking for torches and pitchforks to come out

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  • SirRobert
    01/05/2018
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    I am tired of my tax dollars being spent on a war on Marijuana! Sessions thinks that good people don’t smoke marijuana that makes a lot of people in America bad people! I suppose the good people wear white hoods and drink moonshine! Sessions is just pissed off that his Senate seat went to Doug Jones and he’s lashing out like every other Trump supporter! JOIN THE BLUE WAVE AND VOTE EVERY REPUBLICAN OUT OF OFFICE!

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  • Truly
    01/05/2018
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    So states don’t have the right to legalize marijuana, nor do they have the right to regulate fracking, or be sanctuary cities. Sound like the pot industry needs to buy themselves some senators. Funny how the repugs say they are for a small fed and states rights, until someone pays them not to be. The few forcing their will on the many. They finally have their dictatorship.

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  • Justin
    01/06/2018
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    We need to vote him out. He’s clearly unfit for his position and his agenda pushing is going to actually affect people’s lives, his greed and ignorance will hopefully bite him in the ass!

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  • Bluewitsend
    01/06/2018
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    Jeff Sessions is wrong about legalizing marijuana. He cannot understand that we are in the same place we were before prohibition. It is a waste of law enforcement and taxpayers money to continue to resist legalization of marijuana. Legalize it, regulate it, tax it and openly research it for it’s medicinal purposes. Quit Wasting taxpayer money and wrecking lives. This misplaced war should be over.

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  • Robert
    01/06/2018
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    Jeff sessions is not fit to serve this great country. I think he should go back to his discriminatory anti Africa American stances and apologize to the nation and leave the public money & influence trough for good. What a pitiful joke our public prince & princesses have become!!!🤬

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  • Countryfirst
    01/06/2018
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    Watching and listening to IDIOTS like Sessions and TRUMP makes one want to light up!!!!!!!

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  • Laura
    01/05/2018
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    Stop states from breaking federal laws. Enforce all drug enforcement laws.

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  • David
    01/07/2018
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    I’d like to remind Mr Sessions that it was the citizens of each state that has legalized recreational use of marijuana that voted for it. This is democracy not dictatorship.

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  • Larry
    01/06/2018
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    This is the second coming of George Wallace and Bull Connor. Sessions is old school south. He’s a card carrying hood wearing cross burning “good ole boy” and has the balls to call himself a Christian.

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