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Jeff Sessions vs. cannabis science

"But it would probably be up to, probably, the USA attorney for the District of Columbia to actually charge someone with contempt if Congress voted to hold them in contempt and obviously that person's boss is Jeff Sessions, so there's some potential conflicts there".

Governor Wolf is urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to back off his efforts to penalize states pursuing or authorizing the use of medical marijuana.

Eight states and D.C. have passed laws legalizing pot recreationally, though the Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies it next to heroin as a Schedule I drug with "no medical use".

Rosenstein also said marijuana remains illegal under federal law, so it's the Justice Department's job to enforce prohibition. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Pharmaceutical companies. Gaining control are patients who are going through painful chronic illnesses who have found relief in the use of medical marijuana. Marijuana has been used as a remedy for nausea and vomiting in medical settings for decades, if not centuries.

For Sessions to confuse the opioid epidemic with the right of states to administer medical marijuana in an orderly process is reckless. In fact, places where the US has legalized medical marijuana have lower rates of opioid overdose deaths.

Also, unlike the case with opioids, it is virtually impossible to lethally overdose on marijuana-because a user would have to consume massive quantities in a prohibitively short time.

These statements appeared to alleviate fears in the industry that the Cole Memorandum would be disregarded. Given the death toll that opiates have taken in Florida, the state's attorney general, Pam Bondi, should use her clout with President Donald Trump to set the administration straight. And another 21 states have legalized medical marijuana, despite the federal government's reluctance to recognize marijuana's medicinal uses. He is once again on the wrong side of the drug war with a policy that could actually drive rather than curb the drug trade.

So, what do Sessions and Rosenstein want to do with their antiquated perceptions of marijuana science?

In a letter to legislators made public this week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked Congress to get rid of laws that have helped the medical marijuana industry avoid federal prosecution.

The budget amendment was first introduced in 2014 and was approved again this year, extending the federal protection until September. States in which medical marijuana is legal see markedly lower rates of opioid abuse and overdose. In the letter, which was provided to MassRoots by a congressional staffer, Sessions argues that the amendment prevents the DOJ from cracking down on gangs that operate in states where medical marijuana is lawful.

"Research is clear that medical marijuana has positive results for people, including children, with a variety of medical conditions".

"I'm disappointed the federal government would step in and try to tell states how to provide medical services to their constituents", Forbes said.

"I think this is a continuation of a strategy that's been employed since Jeff's confirmation hearings", odd said during an early morning interview with "Fox and Friends".

That future may come sooner than later.

And the 2013 Cole Memo from the Justice Department specifically implemented guidelines for how states could avoid interference from federal agents and prosecutors-something Sessions has said was "valuable".



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