Jeff Sessions Foolishly Targets Pot: 3 Reasons Measure Can't Work

Attorney General Jeff Session is taking aim legalized marijuana. His effort is not only foolish. It cannot possibly work

Sessions is expected Thursday to announce his intentions to repeal a 2013 Obama-era policy that's protected legalized marijuana from federal intervention, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the decision.

The policy change would allow for each state's U.S. attorneys to decide whether to aggressively enforce the federal marijuana law — even if the substance has already been made legal in their state, according to the sources, who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity.

The Obama administration in what's been dubbed the "Cole Memo," announced it would not prevent states from legalizing marijuana as long as the substance is kept away from minors and criminals. The memo, authored by then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole, also required officials to prevent it from reaching places where it was still illegal.

In October a poll found that 64% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, with both political parties mostly in favor.

Sessions, a vocal critic of marijuana, has been expected to crack down on federal enforcement. In November he hinted at repealing the memo, telling reporters there would likely be changes to the Obama-era guidelines.

"It's my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it, and it represents a federal violation, which is law and is subject to be enforced," he told The Sacramento Bee at the time.

He's previously blamed the substance for spikes in violence and has compared it to heroin.

Pot Stocks Plunge

  • Canopy Growth, the world’s largest medical marijuana producer, fell 10 percent to C$32.21 at 9:38 a.m. in Toronto
  • Aphria plunged almost 13 percent to C$18.73, the most since Oct. 17.
  • MedReleaf fell 6.5 percent to C$28.01, its biggest decline since Nov. 14.

Sessions a Foolish, But Dangerous Neanderthal

It's pretty clear that Sessions is a dangerous Neanderthal. It's not clear whether or not Trump put him up to this ridiculous task, but it is clear Sessions has done nothing but make a big fool out of himself, assuming the report is true.

  • For starters, with 64% of the US supporting legalized cannabis, Sessions is entering a battle against public opinion he cannot possibly win.
  • Secondly, what can Sessions possibly achieve? Are states that legalized cannabis actually going to go out and enforce Federal law? The notion is ridiculous.
  • Finally, millennials are going to swing hard left in the next election instead of sitting it out as many did in the last election.

Many people who voted for Trump as the lesser of two evils vs Hillary now have serious reservations over the administration's tax policy, over nuclear button feuds with North Korea, and over complete silliness like this.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

I know people that get relief from chronic pain with medical marijuana. On the other hand, there are all the chronic pot heads that have lost all ambition and can't remember where their butts are to wipe them. It is just another scourge. Should that be reason to keep it illegal... No. Should we support those that have disabled themselves with it. Hell, no. That is always the government's excuse for more nanny state: If we don't stop them from doing xxx, we'll just have to pay for their failure later.

The real problem is that we have built a culture that is so tedious that people need to numb-out to survive it. What to do about it? I have no clue.

"all the chronic pot heads that have lost all ambition and can't remember where their butts are to wipe them" --- my bet is most of them have no ambition and couldn't find their butts with or without pot. The world has no shortage of idiots without drugs or alcohol. Almost everyone I know smokes/smoked, and all are extremely productive members of society.

Ted Lieu: "AG Jeff Sessions apparently wants to take America back to the 1920s. Prohibition didn't work then and it will not work now." I don't take seriously anything Ted Lieu has to say. Certainly no law works, because someone breaks every one of them, regardless how may comply.

"It's not clear whether or not Trump put him up to this ridiculous task...". I don't believe this issue is on the president's radar screen. The past year is a testament to Trump's lack of influence with his attorney general, in other words, in my opinion, he did not "put him up to this ridiculous task".

Jeff Sessions announcement is precisely the impetus that HR-1227 (Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017) needs to kick-start it in congress. Judging from yesterday's negative reaction from a number of Republicans, the bill has a much better chance to pass congress than the 10% chance it was given when first introduced in the House. Further, populist President Trump will sign it. The Cole Memo was the kind of short-term patch that one would expect from the corrupt, feckless leadership of the Obama/Holder DOJ.

let the dummies smoke pot, easier to take from them

I don't know why anyone is surprised by this. Republicans with a few exceptions are always in favor of big government telling people what they can do in the privacy of their homes. They love economic freedom but nor social freedom.

"Republicans with a few exceptions are always in favor of big government telling people what they can do in the privacy of their homes." "Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - Pope John Paul II

Nobody know whats Republicans think, this AG problem is similar to one Obama had with selective enforcement on immigration. The AG is still sworn to uphold the law, however it is written. Not sure where Scotus is on states rights issues, and not sure I want to know.