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Sessions Leaves Door Open for Federally-Led Marijuana Crackdown

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Friend,

Today, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions began his confirmation hearing to become the next US Attorney General, our nation’s top law enforcement officer. Over the past few weeks, NORML supporters have sent tens of thousands of emails and made thousands of phone calls to their Senators urging them to ask Sen. Sessions questions regarding how he would direct the Justice Department to respond to statewide marijuana legalization laws.

Yet, when Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) broached the subject, Sessions failed to provide any real clarity, stating, “Using good judgment on how to handle these cases will be a responsibility of mine. I know it won’t be an easy decision but I will try to do my duty in a fair and just way.” 

He added: “One obvious concern is the United States Congress has made the possession in every state and distribution an illegal act. If that’s something that’s not desired any longer Congress should pass a law to change the rule. It is not the Attorney General’s job to decide what laws to enforce.”

CLEARLY OUR FIGHT IS JUST BEGINNING. SUPPORT OUR PUSH TO DEFEND OUR WINS AND REFORM MORE STATE LAWS IN 2017

The public momentum behind the marijuana movement is unmatched. We have won the hearts and minds of the majority of Americans and that is why we intend to continue to be on the frontlines at both the federal and state level. NORML chapters throughout the country are working to end prohibition and expand legal protections for marijuana consumers. But we NEED your help! 

In order to cross the finish line, the time to get involved and keep the momentum going is now. Find your local NORML chapter to find out how to help locally and in the meantime continue to call and email our state and federal officials in favor of pending marijuana reform legislation. 

NORML runs on support from its members and without your generosity we would be unable to fight for the change we believe in. Chip in what you can to help us continue the fight.

Together we will end prohibition and protect responsible marijuana consumers from going to jail nationwide. 

Thanks for all you do,
The NORML Team

 

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