Happy New Year Blogees!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope you are staying warm too! I want to hear all about it, especially those hilarious weed conversations with the relatives. But in the meantime, 2018 is already trying to kick our asses.
Earlier today, attorney general Jeff Sessions released a one page memo basically taking a seagull crap all over Obama’s 2013 policy. You know, the one that says the federal government won’t interfere with states in the legalization of pot as long as the state is abiding by federal law. Which is why 29 states have some policy of legal cannabis but it’s illegal to consume cannabis while driving in every state. That flexibility left the decision of legalization and enforcement policy up to the state, NOT the federal government.
Yea, Sessions wants like, none of that.
In his one page love letter, he’s suggesting that if states don’t want federal interference, they shouldn’t legalize. Furthermore, he wants marijuana labeled as a dangerous, Schedule 1 drug that has no medicinal uses. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” Sessions said. “We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we’re able.” Uh well yea, Sessions. But you’re trying to change the category and federal integration of cannabis SO you can enforce such laws “effectively.”
he directed “all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.”
Is there an empty stadium available, so this man can have several seats?
So what does this all mean for us? That U.S. attorneys can go on ahead and enforce federal level laws against cannabis states, legal ones included.
What does that mean for me? More mass incarcerations. More people of color getting arrested. More. Steps. Back.
You can thank your president, by the way. Happy New Year!