Jeff Sessions… the Grinch who wants to steal your marijuana. We’ve reported several times before that Attorney General Jeff Sessions despises marijuana, but apparently he’s gone as far as asking Congress to remove federal medical marijuana protections, according to the Washington Post.
The report says Sessions asked Congress last month to get rid of an Obama-era policy called the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which prevents federal funds from being used to go after medical marijuana providers and users. Congress passed a spending bill in May that continued this policy.
“I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime,” Sessions wrote in a letter to Congress. “The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”
For the record, marijuana legalization is not responsible for any rises in violent crime, and medical marijuana is actually useful for getting people off of dangerous opioids. It’s almost like there’s a more nefarious reason Sessions wants to continue the War on Drugs. Maybe it’s because he’s a fan of private prisons, or because he’s racist. (He is racist.) Who knows…
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