Sessions, Congress, and State Medical Marijuana Policy

In preparation for the administration’s upcoming war on weed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to publicly disseminate a potentially ominous report sometime this week.

Anticipated to recommend tougher penalties for individuals caught cultivating pot, peddling weed, or getting high, the Sessions-led Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety will try to link today’s violent drug activity to America’s fast-growing cannabis markets.

Due no later than July 27, Session warned the state attorney generals in April of the pending policy change concerning cannabis. Aimed at “reducing violent crime” in our gun loving country, advocates for criminal justice reform fear this week’s memo is little more than subterfuge.

On Sunday, The Hill reported, “DOJ officials have been out there over the last month and explicitly the last couple of weeks talking about how immigration and marijuana increases violent crime.”

Apparently no fan of federalism or states’ rights, Sessions fired off a letter to congressional leaders in May asking for their help. Considered a burden by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the agency wants to sidestep the Rohrabacher-Farr…

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