Jeff Sessions Says He Doesn’t See Feds Getting Involved in Marijuana Use

Attorney General Jeff Sessions doesn’t see the federal government getting involved in marijuana.

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According to Capital Public Radio, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones and Attorney General Sessions met last week to discuss several issues; one of them just happened to be marijuana.

“Regarding the prioritization of federal resources to combat marijuana; he didn’t see the federal government getting involved in marijuana use or low-level state, what are traditionally state and local crimes”, said Sheriff Jones following the meeting. “[B]ut, I don’t think he ruled out the possibility of the federal government getting involved in larger-scale operations”; Jones says these operations would include trafficking by drug cartels, not necessarily cannabis businesses that are legal under state law.

News of this meeting comes among increased fear of how the Trump Administration will handle states that have legalized cannabis; especially now that Sessions – a known decades-long prohibitionist – is officially attorney general.

Despite this well-founded fear, this meeting is one of several reasons cannabis consumers and entrepreneurs might be correct in thinking that the Trump Administration will respect state marijuana laws.

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    • JohnQPublic on February 14, 2017 at 3:03 pm
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    I think that the prosecution and illegalization of ALL drug offenses are BOGUS and a SCHEME for the government to rake in the dollars on multiple levels and in many ways. I also believe that the evidence supports the idea that multiple governments, including our own, have used the current illegal status of narcotics to fund many nefarious and clandestine operations outside of the scope of criticism by using such methods to do so. The hard TRUTH is that the illegal status of ALL narcotics presents a FAR WORSE condition for the world and people as a whole than legalizing them and educating people ever would. The drug war IS a war against people and freedom; to continue it is to build and further the harm it has already caused. I love how people have begun to stand up for the legalization of marijuana, but what of drugs as a whole? Why is it so hard to see that the harm that is created from making them illegal far outweighs the benefits of making them legal and giving the people their RIGHTS as human beings to choose? And for those advocates of the drug war who say that it would be immoral to legalize and thereby provide for the use of drugs like Cocaine and Heroin, what is it to criminalize these things and allow for massive black markets to gain power through their criminalization? How moral is it to use the items as a mode of profit? Or how safe and moral is it to require addicts to acquire their drug from these cartels and clandestine chemists and allow so many to die from differing purity levels and such? The whole drug war is a failure and should be abolished allowing the PEOPLE to make the choices that should be theirs to make!

    • Hans Nielsen on February 14, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    I agree 100%. I am waiting for a presidential executive order for legalization of cannabis.

    • Dennis McDonald on February 13, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    I think that prosecution of marijuana offenses are bogus and a waste of time and the tax payers money as I can see no harm in adult use of it and further more it should be legal nation wide

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