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Sessions Rescinds Cole Memo, Which Protected State-Legal Cannabis From Feds

January 4, 2018
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Editor’s note: This story will be updated throughout the day Thursday following reports that US Attorney Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Cole memo, an Obama-era policy that protected state-legal cannabis from interference by federal law enforcement.


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Massachusetts US Attorney Issues Warning

Update, Jan. 5, 2:35 p.m. — Massachusetts’ top federal prosecutor said Thursday that his office will “aggressively” pursue serious marijuana crimes but isn’t directly addressing the state’s adult-use cannabis law.

US Attorney Andrew Lelling, who took office last month after being nominated by President Donald Trump, issued a statement late Thursday in which he said his office would “aggressively investigate and prosecute” cases involving the bulk cultivation and trafficking of marijuana. His statement makes no reference to the state’s voter-approved law, but does say his office would use “prosecutorial discretion” in enforcing federal law.

The state’s Cannabis Control Commission, in charge of regulating recreational and medical marijuana, said it would press ahead with implementing the state law despite the Sessions announcement. The first adult-use cannabis shops in Massachusetts are slated to open later this year.

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LA Cannabis Industry: Sessions ‘More Bark Than Bite’

Update, 4:44 p.m. PST — Daniel Yi, vice president of corporate communications at dispensary chain MedMen, called the announcement “problematic” but said nothing has changed on the ground level. After all, he said, the Sessions memo issued Thursday did not declare a federal crackdown on cannabis but rather dictated that federal marijuana enforcement will be left to the discretion of individual US attorneys in states across the country. In California, Yi expects these prosecutors to be in tune with the overall direction of the state. “To us, at the end of this day, the story here is that this only underscores the fact that we need to end the federal prohibition” he said.

“We will not be bullied by an out-of-town and out-of-touch politician.”
Herb Wesson, LA City Council president

Jason Beck, owner of Alternative Herbal Health Services, in West Hollywood, has operated the shop as a medical dispensary since 2004 and just introduced adult-use sales on Tuesday. While people who are new to the cannabis industry are “freaking out” over Sessions’ decision, he said it’s par for the course for industry veterans like himself. He described the memo as “more rhetoric” and “lip service.” He added: “I’ve been raided three times already by the federal government, so I already know what time it is.”

Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson released a statement indicating the city had no signs of slowing its regulatory rollout. “We will not be bullied by an out-of-town and out-of-touch politician,” he said. “The voters of California and Los Angeles have spoken.”

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Cannabis Stocks Drop 13% as Investors Yawn

Update, 4:20 p.m. PST — Today’s Justice Department move threw a shock in the cannabis industry, but cannabis investors seemed to take the news in stride. The Cannabis Stock Index, which tracks the combined daily price movement of 75 cannabis-related companies, began the day at 180.02, and ended at 156.12, a drop of 13.3%.

The action on today’s CSI, which is compiled by Alan Brochstein’s New Cannabis Ventures and 420 Investor, could indicate that a number of investors used today’s news as a signal to sell some of their holdings and lock in some profits. Cannabis stocks have made an impressive run over the past two months, tripling in price since early November. Much of that gain can be attributed to increased investor interest in cannabis stocks as the Jan. 1 start of California’s adult-use cannabis era approached.

Charts courtesy of New Cannabis Ventures and the 420 Investor.

A 13% loss is significant, but it’s nothing like the massive slide cannabis stocks took in 2014. That year, which saw the January start of Colorado’s adult-use retail era, included a massive 4x spike in prices, followed by a yearlong slide back down below their previous values.

Alaska Authorities Vow to Protect Cannabis Market

Update, 3:29 p.m. PST — From the governor to the attorney general to the state’s top senator, Alaska politicians are ready to defend their state’s legal cannabis market.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said he’s committed to upholding the will of Alaska voters, who legalized recreational cannabis use in 2014. He said he would work with the Justice Department and the state’s Republican congressional delegation—which has cast cannabis as a states’ rights issue—to prevent federal overreach.

Alaska’s senior U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, said she had asked Sessions to work with states and Congress if he thought changes were needed. The Republican called his announcement “disruptive” and “regrettable.”

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Sessions’ action did have one casualty, however: The chairman of Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board has resigned. Peter Mlynarik says the DOJ decision removes the underpinning on which the marijuana industry in Alaska is based. He says the decision does away with the federal government “looking the other way” in states that have legalized marijuana.

Mlynarik is also a police chief for the city of Soldotna. He says his resignation from the board is effective Thursday.

 

FinCEN Cannabis Banking Guidance Still Applies

Update, 3:29 p.m. PST — The US Treasury Department’s 2014 policy guidance on banks and credit unions that do business with cannabis-related companies remains unaffected by today’s Justice Department move, as far as we can tell. That guidance can be found here.

Leafly’s Cannabist Capitalist columnist, Alan Brochstein, reminded us this afternoon that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), which issued the guidance to banks, is part of the Treasury Department, not the Justice Department. Jeff Sessions has no say in Treasury policy.

Although the FinCEN guidelines remain in place, today’s move by the Justice Department will undoubtedly cause some financial institutions to take a hard look at their current politics and relationships with cannabis-related companies.

As of July 2017, FinCEN reported that 296 banks and 94 credit unions were providing banking services to marijuana-related businesses:

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Elizabeth Warren and Adam Schiff Suggest Congressional Action to Reinstate Cole Memo

Update, 2:39 p.m. PST — Just added to our roundup of political pushback:

Adam Schiff, US Representative for California:

“As more states, including California, legalize and regulate marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational use, turning back the clock on federal enforcement is a waste of limited resources. I believe the hands-off policy should be reinstated, by Congressional action if necessary.”

Elizabeth Warren, US Senator from Massachusetts:

“The Justice Department’s reckless decision to rescind its policy allowing states to enforce their own drug policies puts our public health and safety at risk. Congress needs to take immediate action to protect state marijuana laws, and the patients that rely on them.”

California’s AG Would Fight Federal Crackdown

Update, 2 p.m. PST — California’s Democratic attorney general says his office will vigorously enforce the state’s new adult-use cannabis law despite the threat of a federal crackdown. Attorney General Xavier Becerra says California voters decided it is best to regulate rather than criminalize cannabis. He says Californians “embrace, not fear, change.”

Becerra says the state’s Department of Justice will do what it can to protect California’s interests. California Gov. Jerry Brown, another Democrat, is vacationing in Mexico and did not immediately comment. Sessions’ decision comes three days after California became the largest state to legalize sales of adult-use cannabis. Voters approved the law in 2016.

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Washington Officials Pledge to Defend State Program

Update, 1:36 p.m. PST — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee was quick to defend his state’s legal cannabis industry in the wake of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision Thursday morning to rescind the Cole memo. “In Washington state we have put a system in place that adheres to what we pledged to the people of Washington and the federal government,” the governor said in a statement. “We are going to keep doing that and overseeing the well-regulated market that Washington voters approved.”

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“Make no mistake,” Inslee added. “As we have told the Department of Justice ever since I-502 was passed in 2012, we will vigorously defend our state’s laws against undue federal infringement.”

“Federal law enforcement will find no partner with Seattle to enforce the rollback of these provisions.”
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan

In Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan, a former US attorney, said she would instruct the Seattle Police Department not to cooperate with federal cannabis enforcement. “Let’s be clear: Our Seattle Police Department will not participate in any enforcement action related to legal businesses or small personal possession of marijuana by adults,” she said in a statement. “Federal law enforcement will find no partner with Seattle to enforce the rollback of these provisions.”

At the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, it also appears to be business as usual. The agency’s spokesperson, Brian Smith, said they were deferring to the governor’s office for an official statement, but he offered licensees a bit of assurance about day-to-day operations. “Our director, Rick Garza, met with marijuana licensing staff earlier this morning,” he told Leafly. “He told them that if they hear questions from licensees, that they are to tell them that nothing has changed. [That] we will continue to adhere by the Cole memo, that we’ll keep processing their applications, that deadlines facing licensees still apply.”

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More Legal-State Republicans Push Back

Update, 1:09 p.m. PST — Nevada Sen. Dean Heller joined his fellow Republican, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, in pushing back against the DOJ move this morning. Heller issued this statement this afternoon:

“Knowing Attorney General Sessions’ deference to states’ rights, I strongly encourage the DOJ to meet with Governor Sandoval and Attorney General Laxalt to discuss the implications of federal marijuana enforcement policy. I also urge the DOJ to work with the congressional delegations from states like Nevada that have legalized marijuana as they review and navigate the new policy.”

NJ Sen. Cory Booker Takes It to the Senate Floor

Update, 1:09 p.m. PST — Sen. Cory Booker, sponsor of the Marijuana Justice Act, which would end prohibition nationwide, is currently making the case for legalization, and against the Sessions move, on the floor of the US Senate:

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Colorado Attorney General: ‘Don’t Freak Out’

Update, 12:56 p.m. PST — Colorado’s attorney general tells people who use and sell cannabis legally in her state: “Don’t freak out.”

The interim US Attorney in Colorado has said he doesn't expect any change in his approach as a consequence of the Sessions order.

That’s Cynthia Coffman’s advice after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ shift on marijuana enforcement. Coffman said local federal prosecutors now have discretion on how to enforce the still-remaining federal laws against marijuana. The interim US Attorney in Colorado has said he doesn’t expect any change in his approach as a consequence of the Sessions order.

Coffman said that her office could fight back if the federal government did prosecute businesses who are complying with Colorado laws. She said the businesses could argue that the federal government allowed the marketplace to flourish and is now improperly changing direction.

“I think we’ll have a strong argument should the federal government try to change the rules,” Coffman said.

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Trump Press Secretary: No Comment, Essentially

Update, 12: 55 p.m. PST — When asked about the president’s position on cannabis legalization and Attorney General Sessions’ move today, Trump administration Sress Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “The president believes in enforcing federal law.” What followed was not clarifying in any way. C-SPAN has the video clip:

Have Questions? We Have Answers

Update, 11:55 a.m. PST — We’ve tried to answer some common questions about what Sessions’ move might mean for state-legal cannabis. Does it mean the end of legal cannabis? Not by a long shot. But it does open the door to increased interference by federal prosecutors in states where cannabis is legal. Read more here.

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Here’s the Full Justice Department Order

Update, 11:15 a.m. PST — The Department of Justice has finally released the full one-page order on its web site. According to the DOJ:

“In the memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directs all U.S. Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities. This return to the rule of law is also a return of trust and local control to federal prosecutors who know where and how to deploy Justice Department resources most effectively to reduce violent crime, stem the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantle criminal gangs.”

 

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is Livid

Update, 10:35 a.m. PST — Sessions’ move to rescind the Cole memo prompted Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner to take to the Senate floor, where he let loose. “With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states,” Gardner said. “President Trump had it right. This must be left up to the states.” That relatively mild statement doesn’t reflect Gardner’s anger, though, which must be seen to be appreciated: 

For more reaction from major political players, see David Schmader’s roundup, published a few minutes ago: Politicians Outraged: Sessions Move ‘Trampled the Will of the Voters’

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Massachusetts Regulators Undaunted

Update, 10:27 a.m. PST — Massachusetts cannabis regulators say “nothing has changed” for them after a shift in official US policy toward legal cannabis. The Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday it will continue to fulfill the will of voters by implementing the state law that allows for the sale of adult-use cannabis.

The five-member cannabis commission is finalizing regulations that will allow Massachusetts’ first commercial cannabis shops to open this year. Sales are expected to begin as soon as July. A spokesman for Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Baker believes Sessions made the “wrong decision” and he supports implementation of the state law.

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AP: US to End Policy That Let Legal Cannabis Flourish

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.

The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it before an announcement expected Thursday.

Trump's personal views on marijuana remain largely unknown.

The move by President Donald Trump’s attorney general likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy, or use marijuana in states where cannabis is legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it. It comes days after adult-use cannabis shops opened in California, launching what is expected to become the world’s largest market for legal recreational marijuana, and as polls show a solid majority of Americans believe the drug should be legal.

While Sessions has been carrying out a Justice Department agenda that follows Trump’s top priorities on such issues as immigration and opioids, the changes to policy reflect his own concerns. Trump’s personal views on marijuana remain largely unknown.

Sessions, who has assailed marijuana as comparable to heroin and has blamed it for spikes in violence, had been expected to ramp up enforcement. Cannabis advocates argue that legalizing the drug eliminates the need for a black market and would likely reduce violence, since criminals would no longer control the marijuana trade.

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The Obama administration in 2013 announced it would not stand in the way of states that legalize marijuana, so long as officials acted to keep it from migrating to places where it remained outlawed and out of the hands of criminal gangs and children. Sessions is rescinding that memo, written by then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, which had cleared up some of the uncertainty about how the federal government would respond as states began allowing sales for recreational and medical purposes.

Legalization advocates condemned Sessions’ move as a return to outdated drug-war policies that unduly affected minorities.

The cannabis business has since become a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar industry that helps fund schools, educational programs, and law enforcement. Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and California’s sales alone are projected to bring in $1 billion annually in tax revenue within several years.

Sessions’ policy will let US attorneys across the country decide what kinds of federal resources to devote to marijuana enforcement based on what they see as priorities in their districts, the people familiar with the decision said.

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Sessions and some law enforcement officials in states such as Colorado blame legalization for a number of problems, including drug traffickers that have taken advantage of lax marijuana laws to hide in plain sight, illegally growing, and shipping the drug across state lines, where it can sell for much more. The decision was a win for legalization opponents who had been urging Sessions to take action.

“There is no more safe haven with regard to the federal government and marijuana, but it’s also the beginning of the story and not the end,” said Kevin Sabet, president and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, who was among several anti-marijuana advocates who met with Sessions last month. “This is a victory. It’s going to dry up a lot of the institutional investment that has gone toward marijuana in the last five years.”

Threats of a federal crackdown have united liberals who object to the human costs of a war on cannabis with conservatives who see it as a states’ rights issue. Some in law enforcement support a tougher approach, but a bipartisan group of senators in March urged Sessions to uphold existing marijuana policy. Others in Congress have been seeking ways to protect and promote legal cannabis businesses.

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Marijuana advocates quickly condemned Sessions’ move as a return to outdated drug-war policies that unduly affected minorities.

Sessions “wants to maintain a system that has led to tremendous injustice … and that has wasted federal resources on a huge scale,” said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “If Sessions thinks that makes sense in terms of prosecutorial priorities, he is in a very bizarre ideological state, or a deeply problematic one.”

A task force Sessions convened to study cannabis policy made no recommendations for upending the legal industry but instead encouraged Justice Department officials to keep reviewing the Obama administration’s more hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement, something Sessions promised to do since he took office.

The change also reflects yet another way in which Sessions, who served as a federal prosecutor at the height of the drug war in Mobile, Alabama, has reversed Obama-era criminal justice policies that aimed to ease overcrowding in federal prisons and contributed to a rethinking of how drug criminals were prosecuted and sentenced. While his Democratic predecessor Eric Holder told federal prosecutors to avoid seeking long mandatory minimum sentences when charging certain lower level drug offenders, for example, Sessions issued an order demanding the opposite, telling them to pursue the most serious charges possible against most suspects.

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • lovingc

    Impeach Sessions now. He is playing with fire, going after a legal multi billion dollar business that employs over 140,000 people is insane.

    • FlunkedAgain

      BOYCOTT ALABAMA.

      Don’t buy any of the Cars produced in Alabama.
      It’s not like Alabama is an economic powerhouse.

    • Chris

      It’s not a legal business when Federal laws make marijuana illegal. Marijuana has never been legal at the state level as long as federal laws make the drug illegal. It’s called Federalism. James Madison wrote about it in the Federalist Papers.

      • Kenneth Aaron

        The people decided, and the people will prevail. Period.

        • Chris

          It doesn’t work that way.

          • Sy Katus

            I read in a book about law in the USA that the definition for what is ‘the law’ is what ever decree can be enforced is the law not what is right or wrong. There are no ethics implied in that definition.

          • Prohibition set a bad legal precedent for the current situation. It’s just possible, however, that a truly libertarian (rather than just Republican) leaning Supreme Court might reverse that precedent on the basis of states’ rights.

          • kristine08

            Even if they shut down the dispensary’s, do you actually believe we cannot get weed?
            Many have been smoking or using cannabis since the 60’s.
            Black market NEVER closes!

          • Chris

            Very true. The question is whether government should sanction and therefore encourage the black market behavior.

          • Stargazlil

            Kristine I ditto that! We will be able to still get it as we always have. Now everyinbody wins we know it’s grown without mildew, the states make money, the hundreds of jobs it’s creating all makes sense to let it stay legal…it’s a win win for all. Anyone that doesn’t want it don’t smoke it!

          • ITALIAN STALLION

            Not to mention weed is way cheeper on the streets than the dispensary

          • ITALIAN STALLION

            And these idiots been thinking all these years they will win the war on drugs that will never happen and they can fill all the prisons and jails with people who do weed that have medical benefits

          • 360dunk

            Federal laws also made alcohol illegal once……how did that pan out?

            Ohhhh, that’s right. Common sense prevailed and the stupid-@ss law was repealed. Look for much of the same with our archaic cannabis laws. It’s only a matter of time.

      • SandyLester

        Cannabis was LEGAL until Hoover made “refer madness”.

        • Peter John Harings III

          Wow, its hard to believe anybody is that stupid, please educate yourself

          • KW

            Wow, it’s hard to believe anyone could get this butt hurt over a minor mistake. Maybe you should fire one up there Gomer.

          • blues player

            why would a hick like you even make a comment?

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          Cannabis was made illegal under FDR a democrat in 1937. Not Hoover.And BNDD Chief Harry Anslinger was the author of Reefer Madness in America.

          • Robin Hall

            I heard that cannibis was grown by most all Presidents back then, rope, paper, etc., was needed. Then the Hurst family bought up a bunch of forests and pushed very hard to get the feds to crack down on the cannabis, so Hurst could sell his lumber for those purposes instead.

            And, might I add…natural medicinal concoctions were made back then, for our ailments, by REAL Dr’s, until the original (Big Pharma now) players came along. They started the “opioid crisis”, long ago…along with “encouraging us to say “”YES”” to drugs, ones that kill us, from Big Pharma (watch all the commercials on TV).

          • A more popular theory is that the Feds outlawed marijuana to discourage immigrants from Mexico where, it was alleged, use of the plant was … “rampant!” BNDD Chief Harry Anslinger (mentioned above) made that call.

          • CATRYNA49

            But, he was hired by Rockefeller and Hearst as their PR man.

        • CATRYNA49

          Led by Rockefeller and Hearst.

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        Never heard of the 10th amendment eh! Federalism isn’t in The Bill of Rights you lover of tyranny!

        • Chris

          I agree with you that the feds trample over the 10th amendment too often. You probably support all of the federal labor laws, environmental laws, minimum wage, etc. and only oppose the feds on illegal narcotics like marijuana.

          • blues player

            Are you that stupid to consider Cannabis anything like a narcotic…wow!

          • Chris

            Many states legally classify marijuana as a narcotic drug including California. A narcotic is a psychoactive drug that induces sleep. Many doctors prescribe THC as a psychoactive drug to induce sleep.

          • 143jeanne

            THC is euphoric,why am I awake? CBD does not get you high. Narcotic?

          • “Narcotic” is just a word. It means whatever the person defining it wants it to mean. Reaching back into ancient Greek for its definition is ridiculous.

          • Chris

            Considering that modern medicine is based on those ancient Greek terms it is not ridiculous. Especially when our laws codify that very definition. If you don’t like the laws elect people to change them. But if marijuana were the panacea that all of the potheads claim, why is it that only a handful of countries have actually legalized the drug?

          • blues player

            Not. Telling lies like the dumpster is not going help your disorders….haha

      • Kami RA

        weed was legal to grow in the 1800’s you tard!!!! george washington grew hemp there was a stamp tax act and everything so shut up ya right wing bat nut

        • Chris

          Weed and hemp are not the same thing. Now who is the “tard”?

          • blues player

            YOU have no idea how stupid your comment is…

          • Chris

            Marijuana and Hemp are two different plants with hemp lacking the THC sought in marijuana. If you don’t understand that then your comment is stupid.

          • CATRYNA49

            Chris……. Indeed, they are. They are both “Cannabis.” One (Hemp) is low in THC, (below 1%), all CBD. MJ, on the other hand is higher in THC, from 3% into the 20% range. You truly need to do some research and know your history, because……sheesh!

          • Chris

            Since hemp is already legal then I assume you would be satisfied with smoking hemp?

          • CATRYNA49

            Hemp is not legal! It is still classed as a schedule 1 drug, on the Federal level, making it illegal to grow. Among certain states it was included, as legal to grow, and some states are growing it. Smoking Hemp? Really? You just verified your ignorance. Hemp is probably the most versatile of plants. It can be made into cloth, plastic, buiding materials such hempcrete; replacing concrete and wood materials, replace metal, pharmaceuticals, fuel (petroleum), and the list goes on. In fact, for hundreds of years it was the primary material used for sails on ships because it was not subject to rot as other materials are. Hemp was grown in the USA from the time the Europeans came over. It was only when Hearst and Rockefeller wanted more control of the paper, iron, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries that they began the campaign of making Cannabis illegal. After all, couldn’t have the hundreds of littel farmers growing Hemp as their cash crop horning in on their monopolies as well as not wanting anyone to be self sufficient.

        • Chris was just stating the situation as it is, legally. Whether the law will stay that way or revert to an earlier era’s liberal attitudes remains to be seen.

        • Stargazlil

          Lol right on!

      • calvet11

        Federalism is the law of this land. A big but here, But this law is such an idiotic stand on a clear subject of legal cannabis it throws reality into a tailspin. Trump needs to replace Sessions with a grown up.

        • Chris

          You are correct that Federalism is the law of the land and thank God for that. But the federal government has a role in protecting its citizens against the actions of neighboring states. It’s called the interstate commerce clause.

          • calvet11

            Ask Oklahoma and Nebraska how that worked out for them in the SCOTUS.

          • Chris

            I’m not sure what case that is but I do not believe the SCOTUS has ever stricken down a state law restricting drugs.

          • calvet11

            When Colorado went legal the State Patrols of those two states went ape sh*t, to the point that the AG’s of those states took a case to the SCOTUS. They wanted to stop the sale of cannabis in Colorado because their citizens were crossing the border and getting happy and bring the happy back with them. So on these borders the State Patrols set up road blocks and screwed around with a whole bunch of people’s state of mind. Results…..case dropped because the SCOTUS said in so many words for Nebraska and Oklahoma to grow up, un bunch their panties, and worry about their states and keep out of Colorado’s business.

    • calvet11

      You are so right lov. This man Sessions is mad as a hatter about cannabis. Yes he should leave and a sane person put in his place.

      • blues player

        The little Nazi only wants to profit from making people be jailed in “prisons for profits” in which he makes a lot of money…picking on the low hanging fruit of the tree is akin to being a coward, heh?

    • Stargazlil

      Great comment I agree 1,000 %

    • CATRYNA49

      This is exactly what Rockefeller and Hearst did back in the late 30’s early 40’s when they made Cannabis illegal.

  • steve

    We need to respond with massive grass roots activism. Be proactive. Get marijuana legalization initiatives on state ballots and vote them in.

    Americans are in favor of legalization with the exception of people over 65. The balance has even tipped with republicans.

    The way to end this prohibition is at the ballot box by vote for legalization initiatives and voting in politics who support it.

    In the interim, call and write your representatives. Call the AG’s office. Put the pressure on. I am sure this fight is the last thing the republicans want because they know in the long run it is a loser for them.

  • Tracey Stehlin

    I would be VERY INTERESTED in finding out how many of AG’s friends operate private prisons, jails and treatment centers. Def PLAYING WITH FIRE….likely recindid the memo over a half dozen martinis. 1 step forward, 3 back. Geez

    • Sonny Cole

      i looked it up on the internet and found out that sessions makes (depending on the market)about $1,200 a year from his investment in prisons.i do not like sessions at all, but all this stuff about him making millions is not true.please do some researching before you post it makes you look bad.

      • Tracey Stehlin

        1st, it was his supporters and friends I was referring to but since you did some research and already “found” he made $1200. from his investments…I think it’s a very realvent point, don’t you? Afterall,
        WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE.

        • Fun Please

          Good pun, DON’T NEED CAPS LOCK KEY THO THANKS

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            That isn’t a pun.

          • Fun Please

            Nice half correction?

          • KW

            What are you the friggen “Caps Police”????

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          Private prison industry paid for Trump’s inauguration. That is all the ammo you need to bring these trolls down!

      • Roger

        Misguided by something,huh.

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        The private prison industry helped finance Trump’s campaign and they paid for his inauguration. You are not very smart or informed Sonny boy!

        • Sonny Cole

          so the computer is wrong is that what you are saying,so show me where you are right.

      • KW

        Ya but there may be other things involved too that we don’t know about. What you found might be the tip of the ice berg, so you might want to consider a broader range of thought. He said nothing about making millions, and besides you don’t know none of us know anything more then they want us to know, at least until Mueller gets done.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      He rescinded Obama’s memo canceling the private prison contracts a few days into Trump’s term.The Private Prison Industry paid for Trump’s inauguration.Sessions is going to pay those people back with the bodies of imprisoned Americans!

  • Kristofor Gullickson

    What about the 21st Century Care Act, a Bi-Partisan law that paves the way for anything that has medical merit…….Anyone, am I the only one who knows about this? How can Sessions not have to go through the Supreme Court? I do not understand? I guess they like to play games with the stock market, right? Real funny huh? Love of Power? Power of Love?

  • Kristofor Gullickson

    Wait, let me guess, to him it is a legal import? Hahaha

  • Bluetides

    In his warped “born again” mind this dinosaur can ignorantly ignore the scientific fact that our brains and bodies have 121 cannaboid DNA key locked
    receptor sites. Phony religion conviction over real science data, taking us back to witch burning. CBD oils have saved many lives and alleviated conditions
    nothing else can. This boy has got to go.

    What ever your relationship with the Creator, it’s obvious that our bodies were designed to run on this molecule and for very good reasons.

    For me it has eliminated debilitating chest pains, increased creativity, higher professionalism and productivity, provides me with a higher empathy
    and relatability, made me a better father and citizen and most importantly increased my joy factor by 25 % or more. Session’s confuses his perversions
    with natural joy, and does not understand the cosmic power from our joy.

    Obviously dosage awareness is essential and as far as safety is concerned there are road side breath analyser technologies available that accurately
    read organic volatiles in a breath sample. But to ignorantly assume one can not drive on CBD is totally ridiculous. I enjoy my car while driving with a much higher data processing capacity.

    • SandyLester

      Ring born again has nothing to do with cannabis. Jezz dude or dudet.
      Sessions is obsessed with cannabis which is why he can’t do his real job.

      • Bluetides

        I was born and raised a catholic and was even an alter boy….
        I know religions very well and as a visionary and research director we will in
        time come to appreciate just how stupid we all were to buy into this drivel and
        give up our sovereignty as individual. Sorry about your luck. Our predecessors
        had more adult like developments and this gave us the stone megaliths which in
        our present state completely beyond our capacities.
        This not to diss born agains, but if you step up for public office you better demonstrate a functioning relationship with reality or go home.

        Wish we would all just grow up….. and take resposibility for our lives and quit transposing this on a paper god

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        He’s owned by the private prison industry. They need 90% occupancy in the contracts.

    • Fun Please

      Those aren’t c receptor sites. They are just plain sites, that c reactes with

      • Bluetides

        Tell that to my cannabis researchers in Israel…. they know of what they are talking about.

        • Fun Please

          Can you produce that research?

          • Bluetides

            What happened to your search engine….. its out there

          • Fun Please

            What happened to yours*?
            I didn’t make the claim

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            Troll,do your own research.

          • Fun Please

            When mushroom mind can’t produce the research, that’s so easily available (according to them), and resorts to name calling,
            You know you called their bluff, and exposed their ignorance.

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            You are a troll.Everyone with Crohn’s disease know about the Israeli research on Cannabis.

          • Fun Please

            You are a name caller.
            I stand by what I have said.
            Do you have anything positive to add, or just hat.e?

          • KW

            Geez, either go away or just go away. you haven’t said squat so stop wasting evryone’s time and look it up yourself like the rest of us do, azs hole.

          • Fun Please

            Either produce what you claimed, or I will know you are ignorant. Not my fault.
            As far as your tone goes, you can phu*ck off dummy*

          • Casey

            I have something positive, you are a fucking moron.

          • KW

            Nope, just trying to get lazy people to do their own reading.

          • Meg Thomas

            you do realize you started the name calling first? that you came onto a pro cannabis site to troll first, the research is out there by the buckets but everything that is fox news is fake news to you. go crawl into a hole and die you scum.

          • Fun Please

            No, I didn’t start the name calling z you ignorant Affirmative Action Quota.
            Go down to the Selective Service Office and demand Equality, you scum human – copulate off, beach

          • Meg Thomas

            You’re terrible at this whole trolling thing which is sad since it appears to be the only thing you do in your life. Congrats, you suck at that too!

          • Fun Please

            Change your picture from a horse’s behind, you lazy ignorant Affirmative Action Quota –

          • KW

            Go away, you’re the friggen clueless one.

          • KW

            Lol, do it yourself, the info is out there all over and it has been for decades. Common knowledge that Israel has been using cannabis since the 70’s with Gov backing.

          • Fun Please

            Lol, you can’t produce what you originally claimed. It’s not my fault you are ignorant.

          • Joshua Ryan Erwin

            Weren’t you just referring to any and all in this comment section as “lazy”, among other things? Yet now refusing to do your own research and need it handed to you? Tell people not to resort to name calling whilst name calling yourself? Lol, can you say hypocrite or do you need someone to provide you with a definition first? I can’t take anything you say seriously.

          • Fun Please

            Lazy, hypocritcal, angry.
            I stand by what I say.
            I tried to do your work, the link won’t post.
            If you weren’t ***lazy*** you’d know that.
            The proof is on the claimer, you ignorant hypocrite.
            Ever think it might be good not to know exactly how illegal drugs work, to the detriment of other things?
            I’m the idiot?
            Sure, you ignorant lazy hypocrite, whatever you say.
            And:
            Copulate off

          • Joshua Ryan Erwin

            Give up. You’re a joke. No matter how many times you regurgitate the same insults you and your opinion will never be relevant. I don’t know if I should pity you or laugh. Good day, sir.

          • Fun Please

            Lazy, hypocritcal, ignorant of proper procedure.
            But hey, yer *weed smart*
            Idiot

          • Fun Please

            And hey, put yet girl on, so I can give her the $100 Challenge
            You post removing beach

          • Fun Please

            Joshua Ryan Beach Please

      • Casey

        And you are a plain idiot. I guess the CB1 and CB2 receptors are just “fake science”, like global warming. Get a life you TROLL. WTF is a non user doing MJ site on Leafly page

        • Fun Please

          Why don’t you just post the link to your original post?
          You have to get on and call childish names? Who’s the I’d!ot
          And do you know I’m a non user? You don’t. Because you are ignorant.
          So why don’t you phuuuck off?

        • Fun Please

          Take the name calling and copulate off, mfer –
          Post the link – to the original post. Ignorant F.
          You don’t know I’m a non user. Why? Because you are ignorant and angry, mfer

          • Casey

            Temper temper, you don’t want to loose control. I’m not, ignorant, my IQ is so high that I don’t expect you to understand. You don’t know me and have never seen me. You call me lazy, I’ve been working all my life you jerk. I’m a Veteran. Have you ever served your country, I thought not Angry, I’m not angry. Go copulate with yourself, nobody else wants you. In a battle of wits you are unarmed.

          • Casey

            Copulate off, hum. Come on you can do better than that.
            Go for the gusto and just speak your mind.
            Now you think you can read minds. Get a life you lazy, angry person who never does anything for others.

        • Fun Please

          Here’s the link mfer
          That’s all I asked for
          Yer a genius
          https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

        • Fun Please

          I gotta tell you, you have to be the laziest, angriest, most hypocritcal group of people I have ever seen.
          Do you mfers do anything for anyone else but yourselves? Or is it just all lazy ignorant hatemfer?
          Seriously

          • Casey

            I gotta tell you that you are the most anal retentive mfer I ever responded to.
            Seriously

          • blues player

            I know. After reading his first comment I used “block user” and half the comments went away…must be a computer bot…no human could be that stupid…

          • Casey

            Whatever it is, it keeps harassing everybody who responds to him, gotta be a bot.
            I guess its like they say, If you wanna play the blues you gotta pay your dues. The problem is he can’t pay attention, or figure out what I just said. Keep jamming blue player.

        • Fun Please

          TROLL
          WTF
          WTF
          Tolerance weed love
          Awww f off

          • Casey

            You are a repugnant buffoon.

          • Fun Please

            You are a beach buffoon – copulate off

          • calvet11

            Now you are acting like a troll.

          • Fun Please

            Tolerance – Equal Standards – Name Caller
            Troll –

    • Roger

      Whoa, he might think he is born again but anyone who wants to eradicate naturally created of God substances is not re-born of my God.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      He isn’t religious. He is in the pocket of the Private Prison Industry. Same people funded Trump’s inauguration.

      • calvet11

        Big Prisons-Big Pharma-Big Liquor-Big Tobacco, You name it he has a finger in it.

  • Klingon

    Ya he doesn’t have Obama care does he!!! Let’s worry about Trivial crap and not that Red button dumb and dumber have on there desk!!

    • Sonny Cole

      look it up about the big red button,there is none.trump cannot start a war or nuke anyone without the sec.of defense and congress says he can.there is no big red button

      • Klingon

        I don’t believe a figure head like this should be on a social media. This is what Trump said and this is wrong. President Donald Trump boasted that he has a bigger and more powerful “nuclear button” than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does — but the president doesn’t actually have a physical button.

        • Klingon

          Let’s play with the Americans people’s life’s!!!

        • Fun Please

          Neither should obummer, or Chelsea, or any other ignorant antifa promoting Congress person

          • Klingon

            I voted for Trump as I did Rauner for Illinois governer .I’m sorry I did. Politicians are liars not all but enough to make me wonder what they really think about the American people. Gas is high food is high everything is high,why , GREED. Cost of living raise that’s a bunch of B.S . All the politicians are worried about is there pension and there non Obama care medical.

  • Klingon

    Marijuana leads to heroine and Beer leads to Jack!

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      Marijuana leads to a female hero.You are dumber than a box a rocks. Beer is your gateway drug along with tobacco.

      • calvet11

        And he is allowed to vote, God help us.

  • Kenneth Aaron

    CA and MI impending changes may have forced their (weak) hand. Also, they act like the FED, just by saying it, they put the “Kabosh” on new investment, to an extent, It does work, no one wants to lose an investment before they even start,

    • calvet11

      There may be a very short period where the nervous nellys will hang back or pull out their money. The money in this humble plant will stomp the crap out of “Little” Jeffy.

  • GetAClueBucko

    Elections have consequences. Vote these cons out in 2018 and 2020.

    • Mike

      Yup, I hope that all Trump voters who smoke or grow weed feel pretty stupid right now.

  • Charles Beckley

    Impeach the Trumpster right now.

    If that doesn’t work if I am ever on a jury in a Federal Case of any kind I will vote Not Guilty even if the defendant really is guilty as sin

    • Fun Please

      Irrational thinking

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        It is called jury nullification trollboy.

        • Fun Please

          I understand jury nullification thanks, name caller.
          But to do just that forever because Trump isn’t impeached now, is irrational thinking

    • calvet11

      That statement is so stupid on so many levels I don’t know where to start.

  • DonR

    There must be something we don’t know that made Sessions do something as outrageously stupid as this. For him to categorically downplay the President’s concern with marijuana law enforcement for years and then, all of the sudden, come out with this incredibly damaging move is insane. I hope the backlash from this finds Mr. Sessions at the very top of everybody’s fecal roster and I hope their reaction to his statement causes him to reconsider his foolishness.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      Private prison industry supported Trump financially. Paid for his inauguration.

    • Billie Brown

      If the Fed’s take this away from the states all the billions in taxes would no longer belong to the states either. MJ is also interfering with big pharma because it actually works for mane, many medical problems. Since It’s natural, big pharma has to leave it alone. This is all about money, like everything else. FOLLOW THE MONEY. There you will find your answers.

      • DonR

        However, the Fed won’t benefit from this since the tax revenue disappears when you can’t sell it legally. It is is a no-win situation. At least if the state brings in the revenue, the Fed will get some of it. Sessions is just brain dead in his move.

  • Alan McLemore

    So let me get this straight: Sessions refuses to prosecute Crooked Hillary but wants to go after state-legal pot users.

    Idiot.

    • KW

      Lol, that’s the best you can do?? STFU and go home. Douche bag.

      • Alan McLemore

        You seem to be a bit stupider than most. Let me see if I can help you out: When you post an insult, you only make yourself look like an idiot if you don’t explain why you are insulting someone. So try it again, and this time explain what it is you object to. It may require something called “thinking” and something else called “writing”, but if you try really hard you can do it. If you have too much trouble, see if there’s a 3rd-grader around who can help. Ready? GO!

        • blues player

          that’s funny coming from a fourth grader.

      • calvet11

        Not necessary KW, please calm down.

    • Meg Thomas

      he should go after the traitor piece of shit that put him where he is, you know, that orange pile of crap you seem to support

      • Fun Please

        You should change your picture from a horse’s behind –

        • Meg Thomas

          Coming from someone who has a transvestite Frankenstein in theirs 😂😂😂

      • Alan McLemore

        “RUSSIA!!” BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAAA!!!

        Hide under your bed, sheepie, the Russians are gonna GITCHA!

  • Fun Please

    Time for the resistance to take to the streets

    • Roger

      Amen, with Ghandi like approach, totally peaceful, managed properly and anyone breaking the law, we group together and contain.

  • Karol Hudson

    Do the republicans. really think that a weed smoking voter will ever
    vote for a republican again ??????

    • Fun Please

      Do the Republicans think a weed smoking voter ever voted for a republican, ever? I mean even by accident?

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        Got news for you several million potheads voted for Trump because he said he was for medicinal pot. Trump will soon have 0 support.He is pissing everybody off on every issue. His core support is about gone.

        • Fun Please

          Call me corrected. Trump’s core support cannabis users. Who would have think with all those people protesting PDX. Musta been fascists.

        • Fun Please

          Call me corrected. Trump’s base cannabis users. With all that protesting PDX too. .who would have think?

      • Karol Hudson

        TOUCHE.

        KAROL H,

        • Fun Please

          Thanks lol
          Frak Please 🙂

      • Casey

        I voted for Ronald Reagan you arrogant SOB, and of course it was an accident.

        • Fun Please

          Exceptions to the rule, prove the rule.
          Lotta hate on this page.
          I’m betting it will be all okay.
          You take care anyway –

          • Casey

            You don’t need to worry about me. I voted for Reagan because I GOT HIGH. lol
            All the hate seems to be directed at you. Are you feeling insecure?

          • Fun Please

            Not really actually. I’m a combat troop, experienced.
            Observation and classification leads to counter.
            And I’ve used cannabis for long time. Go figure 😉

          • Casey

            Save the military stuff so you can brag to your friends, if you have any. I was in the Army for 6 + years as a medic. You look like you were a REMF, I think that beats you, check mate. I’m never frazzled unless it is dealing with a knucklehead, then I GET MEDICATED. I’ve used for over 50 years. Gotcha again, go figure.

          • Fun Please

            And burn the feces in the latrine, you ain’t touching any of my troops, cause you are a beach.
            Any questions? Beach*

          • Casey

            Never touched the honey pots. I leave that for the REMF’s like you. I had too much time and grade to do that, I’d make you do it.
            Your troops, do you think you owned them? Beach, you wuss.

    • PeteD

      That’s pretty funny. Repubs smoke weed too….it’s just not a priority. Legal or not you can get it. In politics pot position isn’t how we vote. Investment changes do affect how we vote hence pot = “Not a priority”.

  • Legalize420

    And the war on sick people has begun….

    As a MMJ patient I am outraged. Thankfully, my state backs the will of the voters and us MA, and we will continue to roll out our adult use program.
    I am and will continue to defend use of this great helpful realitively harmless herb that’s never taken anyone’s life, only improved it. This is a sad day, we knew this was coming, sadly, so i say get ready to defend yourself and others as we will need to stick together to get through this.

    Take action if your a user or not, the facts are there. We cannot let him prevail. We have ALOT on our side, but only action from as many as possible will do us any good. Stand up for your rights! 🍁🎄💚✌

  • Wayne Day

    I believe this has to do more with going after sanctuary cities than medicinal marijuana. Bug either way Sessions should be out.

  • Jay

    Have you noticed that the people who object to cannabis use are all over 50..as in a comment below Hover is to blame for the worldwide demonising of cannabis…At one point in our history it was illegal not to grow Hemp as it was used in the rope making industry…its where the saying “smoking old rope” comes from. It also means the pharmaceutical companies will lose millions so I believe Sessions is being paid off to take this action.

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      A bunch of us pro-Cannabis people are way over 50. Don’t divide people. Sessions and Trump have been paid off bigtime by the private prison industry.

      • CJ

        Yes, Trump is so poor that he needed the money of the prison lobby to make up his mind (sarcasm). He said that it should be left to the states and I hope he pushes for legislation in that direction and to legalize at the federal level. Sessions has always been against cannabis and follows the law as he sees it. LETS PUSH TO CHANGE THE LAW!

        • Casey

          Trump isn’t getting all his money from private prisons. He gets paid by Russia and China is buying this country.

    • aCountryVegan

      Excuse me, been over 50 for a decade now and have been fighting for legalization since the seventies and been a member of NORML for almost as long. An organization that has a lot of people over 50 involved.

      While the marijuana tax act of 1937 was one method to stop the production of cannabis, it was rumored that the real reason was to not interfere with the paper industry. It was actually Nixon that had created the DEA and had cannabis put on schedule one, mainly because he was afraid it was making the young people rebel against the Vietnam war and heaven forbid if people starting thinking for themselves.

      • Jay

        I think I got that wrong and meant people who lived through the 1950’s as it seems that is when the US was going through reefer madness…I’m from the uk

        • aCountryVegan

          That’s okay, without research I could never understand most of the politics of the UK. Here in the states this has been a political issue since the 30s and was usually used against different groups of citizens for one racist reason or another. Now it’s the Feds against over 50% of their own country and that can only mean that now it’s all about the Money. Big pharma, prisons, even medicine itself, because who loses if you can cure cancer with an herb.
          Sorry didn’t mean to ramble, I must be getting old. LOL

          • Jay

            Funny thing is it pays to be a home grower over here now…as because of all the cut backs the police no longer have the resources to go after the home grower, with medical conditions. It costs them more to raid you then they would ever get back in court fines. In Durum over here the police are just turning a blind eye…All us brits are watching what happens in the US and Canada…we get a paper called Soft Secrets have a read of it online its very informative..

  • Accordion Granny

    Sessions, stop worrying about cannabis and do your job…..LOCK HER UP!!!!!

    • Meg Thomas

      for what? trump did the same damn thing two months ago and then mocked the wife and family of one of the soldiers his reckless bullshit decisions caused. get the fuck over hilary and maybe focus on the constant law breaking your orange president is taking part in.

    • FlunkedAgain

      They’ll get to incarcerating Ivanka soon enough.

  • Sy Katus

    The best solution for Heroin addiction would negate everything that drug enforcement has ever done. It would show they were murderers all along. It would save all the people who would otherwise die of heroin overdose. It would show that the enforcers of those draconian anti drug laws were responsible as murders kidnappers and extortionists. It would show that the laws against heroin were the only thing causing people to die. The sheriff of Nottingham suggested it many years ago and it has always worked when ever it was applied. It involves giving free controlled doses of heroin to addicts. There they could consult therapists if they wished. Besides saving lives it would reduce crime committed by addicts to pay for their fix and eliminate a black market.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/nottinghamshire/6172392.stm

  • Sy Katus

    ‘If a law is not worthy of obedience resistance could be the proper course.’ John Locke (1632-1704)

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      Right On!

    • 143jeanne

      Is that from a book called The Law? So many years ago I read parts of.

      • Sy Katus

        The Oxford Companion to Philosophy.

    • Legalize420

      Exactly. If a law is bad or wrong it is your DUTY to disobey it.

      Fuck federalism and I will never bow to them f*c*s. Come try to pry my life saving medicine god put on this earth from my cold dead fingers.

      The 1986 Indian Hemp Drugs Act, 1922 Panama Canal US Army Study, Shaffer Commission report in the 70s…Isreal’s studies… Every study on cannabis has proven time and again it’s safety and efficacy. I and many others who still believe in freedom and free rights will follow the constitution and the bill of rights. Not control hungry Zealots.

  • amunaor

    Sessions should pull his head out of that bottle of Johnny Walker…..alcohol….an anesthetic….the establishment’s party ‘drug’ of choice. Cannabis is an entheogen…not a drug.

    • blues player

      Prohibs don’t want to hear the truth so nice try though…

  • Scott Hafele

    Cracks me up. They make laws and if citizens break or ignore them they go to jail. Yet cops, politicians, judges and any in government can ignore the laws and nobody blinks. Here in michigan medical users are being jailed, especially in Oakland county, where all in the c.j. system ignore state law and do as they please. If not rich you go to jail. Breaking up families and people losing their jobs and housing that haven’t broken a law. Very few people in this country ever learn anything new. Same beliefs their Grammy taught them back in 58′. Lack of basic info is killing this country. Beliefs are taking over. Fairy tales and magic have no place in government. Unfortunately the only people that run for office and want to force everyone to live their way are religious fools that hide from real l8fe and facts. Separation of church and state should mean you vote according to your dr. Seuss book your fired. We need common sense votes holy crusaders. 2018 yet basic facts mean dick. Makes me sick. Thankfully later this year I’m moving to a country that is actually free and government self analyzes and actually changes if needed and works for the people. Getting out of this religious police state. Good luck. America needs it but doesn’t deserve it. Arrogance and ignorance never lead to a good place

  • Sopro Blyno

    Sessions initialed a memo that let him rage against a world that he is incapable of understanding. It is his temper tantrum against, in particular, evil California’s cannabis legalization. But it won’t change anything. He was allowed to salve his hurt feelings by rescinding the Cole memo, a vestige of Obama’s era, but he was not permitted to give a direct order to go after state-legal operations. He hasn’t the money or the political following.

  • KW

    I hate Republicans. Especially this useless pos fake excuse for a pres. They all need to go.

    • CJ

      There are a lot of Republicans (including myself) that think cannabis should be legal. I hope there is room in your heart for a little less hate. I sure don’t hate any democrats just because I don’t agree with them on everything.

      • KW

        That would be fine, but the GOP is a huge problem and not getting any better. We have a useless crazy azs Pres that is going to get people killed, the GOP seems to be fine with all that. My hate for the Republicans would go away if they all became human again.Republicans are responsible for most of the newest problems which most they created themselves, they won’t stand up to a crazy unqualified idiot of a Pres, so ya my hate for the GOP is widespread and will continue until these idiots get their shi*t together. If you haven’t noticed, about 3/4 of the country feels the same as I do.

    • Casey

      I hate Trumpy Bear! It has better looking hair than Trump. lol
      I don’t like the GOP either. Lincoln was the first Republican president and the GOP has gone down hill ever since.

  • bradstreet21

    JS – FU!

  • CJ

    While I don’t agree with the outcome, Sessions made the right move. You don’t just ignore federal law as the federal DOJ. I hope this gets the
    congress to do their job and change the legal status of cannabis IN FEDERAL LAW. It should not be left up to some quasi legal memo to do
    what should be done by the people we elect to make law. Some politicians love the cover of garbage like the Cole memo so they don’t have to make the hard choices. At least Sessions has the balls to make the hard choice.

    • KW

      So what difference does it make, they have ignored many things since the liar in chief took office. No hard choices, it’s called the will of the people, that’s it period. He’s a pussy just like Trump and has no idea what he’s doing and 2/3 of the public want it legal. Cole memo was a good thing, law enforcement even said so. The joke of a Pres ignores it all and does what he wants so what the hell are you talking about. Your last line, wow do you pay ANY attention to what has been going on for about a year now???? Waiting on the useless idiots in Congress is a waste of time which is why Obama did what he did which also made and still makes better sense then anything you said other then changing the Federal law, it will happen sooner or later. To give this jack azs any sort of credit is bs.

    • calvet11

      Maybe no balls. just clever as an old fox.

  • Linda Miller

    I hope Sessions changes his mind. Cannabis has been on this planet since the beginning. George Washington ordered the colonists to grow hemp for rope and medicinal purposes. It is far superior to the opioids that are killing people. It is great for those with asthma. Also for seizure patients. It has many benefits and with my husband fighting cancer, it is a necessity.

    • Christopher Barker

      May as well hope to win the Powerball jackpot. Both equally likely I’m afraid.
      Those who supported ANY ( yes, I’m talking about putting ANY Republican in office at the federal level) of this own ALL of this.
      Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.
      (Every nation gets the government it deserves.) ..Joseph de Maistre.

  • Michael Scott Reifel

    He’ll just make it illegal again, won’t change much. I believe they want to make more money for the Fed somehow. They could actually shut them all down tomorrow. I’m amazed.

  • Paul Sorensen

    Such a waste of time and my tax dollars. And, Mr. Sessions, Canada goes legal in six months. The tide is breaking.

  • Excuse me

    Please, everyone take a deep breath. The states that have legalized cannabis have a huge revenue stream. They are not letting that go away. New legalization efforts might slow a bit, but the Congress will represent their states as they always have–to bring home the bacon for re-election consideration. In all likelihood they will do an end run around Sessions.

    • Casey

      I bet Jeff Sessions gets banned from Vegas.

  • David Yoseph Schreiber

    Does smoking cannabis with friends cure cancer?
    Probably yes in a surprisingly high number of cases.

    • Lancaster2020

      Smoking alone is not enough dosage. according to Dr. Courtney & Dr. Russo (MDs) the dosage is around 700mg of cannabinoids, or 70 times dosage of one or two hits. Only eating the flower raw can provide this dosage without getting high (raw means THCacid instead of THC)

      • David Yoseph Schreiber

        You may very well be correct. I maintain though that there may be more than one approach. Users of strong psychedelics claim that they heal through opening the healing powers of the upper brain. This is consistent with Maimonides, maybe the world’s greatest doctor ever, that it is of great importance to arouse the powers of the body’s vital force and natural force, כח חיוני וכוח טבע, especially to heal serious disease. He also advocated singing to and telling stories to the person who is sick, plus pleasant fragrances. The general idea is psychosomatic healing of serious disease, which brings us back to cannabis. In any case increased attention on cannabis curing cancer may be an effective counter attack against Sessions and the prohibitionists.

        • calvet11

          Love the Hebrew text.

  • Meg Thomas

    Sessions, much like this thing people call a president, has absolutely no right to be leaders of any sort, theyre both five year olds who think name calling and world wars are funny.

  • forkboy29

    So happy I don’t live in that backward country.

  • William Morris

    So much for State’s Rights.

    • calvet11

      State’s Rights are still very much alive in the USA. Yes they have been sucker punched by a tiny little man, now is the time for the counter punch. If a state should decide to do something, lets have a confrontation, State Police or that states National Guard protecting the citizens of their state from a hideously over reaching AG and DEA. I know this is a little over the top but I’ve been smokeing the cannabis since 1970 would like to die in a country that doesn’t look down on me.

  • Patmom

    How can one man be allowed to terrorize the entire country?

  • FlunkedAgain

    Jury Nullification only takes 1.

    With the Public supporting Marijuana Legalization 2 to 1, a conviction is doubtful.

  • blues player

    The lack of common sense in the Government is beyond comprehension. They make laws to support corporations and pay no attention to the voters rights and designs. What kind of country does that? A dictatorship. Last time I looked the States Rights is being eroded by Federal overreach paid for and in a mafia type way protect corporate profits rather than represent the will of the people.

    Vote these old hats out of making this country reverse back 100 years…we must move forward if there is any hope at all of saving and continue Democracy, even if this dump is a Federal Republic…

  • Sy Katus

    Sessions is apparently a genocidal pig. He would be persecuting persons who just live a different lifestyle. He would be punishing them despite the fact that they have not infringed unjustly into any others life liberty or property. That is criminal. It is Genocide. His absolute apparent ignorance of pains he causes just to be backing a pharmacy company who makes drug testing equipment with his plans or is it plain old sadism, is forcing the legislature or the courts to finally make a binding decision forbidding the justice departments from enforcing prohibition of cannabis laws while leaving unlicensed distribution to license regulators. Will they step to the plate?

  • Raven Crone

    You know, most people don’t like change. I’m not crazy about this either, but instead of “reinstating the Cole Memo” how about rescheduling Marijuana and just get rid of this whole argument? After all, the Cole Memo is a memo. Rescheduling Cannabis is a law.

    • Neil Casey

      AMEN! and no swearing, you’re wonderful.

  • CATRYNA49

    Sessions is obviously a propagandized moron or a pharmaceutical pimp. Cannabis is one of the, if not, most versatile plants on the planet. The only reason it was ever abolished and victimized was because of it’s versatility. Rockefeller and Hearst knew this when they started their campaign over 75+ years ago to make it illegal, to grow and use. There were hundreds, if not thousands of farmers throughout the USA that had grown it since Euporeans settled in this country. The very reason it could replace metal products, paper, cotton, petroleum, pharmaceuticals, could be used to replace concrete and other building materials, etc was the very reason these two criminals went to great strides get rid of it, so it would not infringe on their monopolies. For many decades the American people have suffered at the hands of these orgnaizations and their machinations. Time for their takedown. Trump needs to abolish all the laws goverming the criminalization of Cannabis and totally sack that idiot, Sessions.

    • calvet11

      Very nicely said Sir. “O” I also double down on Sessions being an idiot. Possibly a world tipping understatement!

  • Sessions is about to be fired by Trump over his role in the Comey comedy of errors. It’s unlikely his successor will choose to inherit the grief that Sessions’ evangelistic rage with marijuana has invoked. Especially because it’s pretty clear the President is a stoner, though for all the wrong reasons.

  • Onelos

    What is the worst thing about cannabis use? You never hear about people going through any extreme violent behaviors associated with it! The law against it makes it more appealing to the underground market and promotes criminal behavior. I think the side effects are only beneficial to the users by promoting the appetite, relaxing the mental stress in PTSD sufferers and helps in people suffering from epilepsy. If something helps more than it hurts, where’s the harm. Cannabis scares only those who don’t know a thing about it. Folks who never used it and don’t know it’s tranqualizing properties. What is AG Sessions expertise on cannabis except that he personally doesn’t like the idea! That’s not enough to justify a universal and useless law against it. Cannabis stands to win in the end due to the above reasons and the future expansion of the knowledge of its medicinal benefits. If you’ve never experienced the benefits, you simply have no ground to stand on against someone who knows more about it than you do. I was raised to believe in the reefer madness frame of mind. I was scared of believing along those lines. As a young adult, after trying it, I felt I believed in a hoax!! In a big fat outright lie!! I realized then people can tell you anything based on their ignorant perspective.

    • You’re talking to the rest of us who know all of this already, or to Sessions, who’s deaf as a brick about it?

      • Onelos

        It’s just my opinion just as is AG Sessions has his option where his option has no merit. I say this to emphasize his lack of knowledge and ignorance being his only motivation leading his decisions.

  • kristine08

    Funny CONNECTICUT senators, Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal are mute on this issue. Many other states senators came out, in defense of states who have medical and/or recreational use.
    People have invested millions just to apply to a grower or a dispensary. It is helpful to ALL states budgets, and everyone knows that.
    Trump is punishing all of us with the tax scam and now he is trying to take away our right to access MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
    BTW, I use to take 120 MGS per day of Oxycodone due to (2) lumbar fusions.
    I am now taking .5MGS BID thanks to the CT. medical marijuana program, that allowed me to wean without taking Suboxone.
    #FU Sessions and Trump, you big baby, trying to make EVERYONE’S LIVES WORSE.
    Undoing the prior administrations works is not a sign of intelligence. The GOP is using Trump because he cannot read.
    He signs anything they stuff in front of him, and then he shows us he can “write my name”.
    This has created thousands of JOBS, which is suppose to be 45’s mantra.

  • Michael Vyterna

    The bottom line is and stated by Jeff Sessions when he was appointed, ” If lawmakers want to keep the states Cannabis laws voted on in place, then the same lawmakers need to have Cannabis rescheduled, otherwise I (J. Sessions), have a duty to enforce the laws that are currently in place at the federal level.” The only way to cut through all this B.S. is to contact our lawmakers and push for rescheduling, otherwise TONS of money is going to be spent going round and round with the laws made (Federal), many years ago. The scientific proof of Cannabis is real, the investments made by MANY is real, and the ability for states to govern Cannabis laws are real…. RESHCEDULE CANNABIS!!!

  • Stargazlil

    Jeff sessions Donald GO AWAY! they simply want to cancel out anything Obama did. First of all, pot is a drug a doc prescribes to help cancer patients, seizures, booze is far more harmful it’s a fact watch the Weeds Documentary! No one has ever over dosed from pot, it brings in revenue to the states. Cigarettes are proven to cause cancer not pot so why is that legal? Give me a break wake up to the 21st century Mr Mousey Sessions!!

  • Salt&Light

    Perhaps Trump has a bigger plan in mind and this move by Sessions is just the first step??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM-tMezBHKk

  • Lois

    Seems to me if they won’t legalize marijuana when are they going to make Liquor a Class one drug??? After all, we all know liquor is firewater and gives users a new set of brains..typically violence, can’t walk or talk or drive a car and makes them do stupid stuff like want to hurt someone and how many poor men, women and children are killed yearly by drunk drivers???

  • 360dunk

    Jeff Sessions dictating marijuana policy is like a vegetarian giving a Yelp review of a steak house…..neither of them know wtf they’re talking about.

  • CATRYNA49

    Sessions is a Rockefeller pimp and a danger to every man, woman and child in this country. He obviously needs re-educaiton to get him out of his propagandized funk and to be cut off at the knees.