USAG Sessions Green Lights Federal Marijuana Prosecutions
Thursday, USAG Jeff Sessions Green Lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers.
In doing so the US states that allow some form of medical marijuana were placed at risk of a crackdown and are closely watching developments.
46 US states have legalized some form of medical marijuana in recent years, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, and 8 of those states also allow recreational marijuana.
Among the guidance that AG Sessions rescinded was a Hussein Obama-Era Memo, issued in Y 2009 that instructed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who complied with state laws.
The only legal protection now for medical marijuana growers, processors, sellers and users is a temporary measure sponsored by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) prohibiting the US Department of Justice (DOJ) from using government funds to target them.
“This is a wake-up call for American people who believe in freedom,” Mr. Rohrabacher said. “It will mobilize people throughout the country.”
This is as bi-partisan an issue. Cancer does not ask if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. There are people of all races and creeds who benefit from medical cannabis, that is why it is Key that Congress get together, takes action and begins to resolve this issue nationally at the federal level.
Marijuana in any form is a Schedule 1 drug.
Many politicians, including Republicans, see AG Session’s move as an infringement on States’ Rights.
We wait to see.
Have a terrific weekend.