So We Have Attorney General Sessions – What’s Next For Marijuana?

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Despite historic opposition, members of the United States Senate voted 52 to 47 last week to approve the nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General.

NORML thanks the tens of thousands of you who responded to our action alerts opposing this nomination and the thousands more who took time to make phone calls. While we are disappointed with this outcome, we are pleased that several members of Congress cited the senator’s opposition to marijuana policy reform as an impetus for rejecting his appointment.

We’ve previously told you why Jeff Sessions is the wrong man for the job, but today it is time to move forward, not backward.

So now what?

Well, during his testimony before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, Sen. Sessions said that it is not the responsibility of the Attorney General to pick and choose which federal laws to enforce. “One obvious concern is the United States Congress has made the possession in every state and distribution an illegal act,” he said. “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.”

He’s right. It is time we demand Congress to change the rules once and for all.

arrestedJust hours prior to Sessions’ confirmation vote, US Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with six other Republicans and six Democrats, introduced bipartisan legislation, ‘The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,’ to prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals and/or businesses who are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana.

HR 975 states, ‘‘Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this subchapter related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.’’

Passage of this Act would halt US Attorney General Jeff Sessions or any other federal official from prosecuting individuals and businesses for violating the Controlled Substances Act in the 29 states that permit either the medical or adult use and distribution of marijuana. According to national polling, 60 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

take_actionClick here to send your member of Congress a message urging them to support HR 975.

With the appointment of Sen. Sessions to the position of US Attorney General, passage of this Act is necessary to ensure that medical marijuana patients and others are protected from undue federal interference.

There will be a number of bills in the coming months that will build upon the progress that the movement to legalize marijuana will support. As we always have, NORML will keep you informed and provide you the tools needed to connect with your elected officials.

 

Please take action today to urge your federal lawmakers to support HR 975, the ‘The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,’ and when you have finished, please also take a moment to make a generous and much appreciated donation to NORML here so that we can continue to make progress in our federal and statewide efforts.

With NORML members throughout the country organizing lobby days and taking action over the coming days and weeks, the fight for cannabis freedom will continue with renewed energy.

NORML has resisted marijuana prohibition for 47 years – We’re not going to stop now; in fact, we’re just getting started. Are you in?

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  1. “It is not the Attorney General’s job to decide what laws to enforce.”

    Um, YES it is. it is the duty of law enforcement to decline to enforce unjust laws.

    1. And if Obama had done his job properly the law wouldn’t even be on the books with respect to cannabis.

      Schedule 3, 4, 5 or off Schedule totally.

      Sessions is not the problem. Obama knifed us in the back. Funny how so few around here have noticed that.

      And Hillary? Well she did promise Schedule 2. And she favored a “path”. Why not just fix the durn law? That is something the President is actually authorized to do.

      So what is to be done? Trump is a populist. If we change the minds of his supporters he will follow. I’m working on it.

      https://www.spartareport.com/2016/11/this-is-your-election-on-drugs/

      You?

      1. Please, stop. Youre embarrassing yourself.
        1). It is the job of CONGRESS to deschedule marijuana.
        2). If you paid any attention to any of the executive orders Trump recently signed, he is starting Drug War III, blaming drugs and Mexicans on our socioeconomic instability caused by our own bad drug policies.
        3). If it werent for President Obama signing the Cole memos to the DOJ we would not have a legal state cannabis market for you to get your facts all fucked up about.

      2. If you had read the CSA you would know that the President can change the status of cannabis.

        You have read it. Haven’t you?

        But OK. Suppose only Congress can do it. Please explain why when Obama was President and Democrats controlled Congress – nothing was done?

        They are double crossers. Maybe they are all in on The Trillion Dollar A Year Scam

        https://www.spartareport.com/2016/04/trillion-dollar-drug-war-scam/

        BTW that is something I wrote for a right wing site on the Drug War. What are you doing to change minds on the right?

      3. MSimon,

        You’re rich! Let’s see, how’d you put it:

        “But OK. Suppose only Congress can do it. Please explain why when Obama was President and Democrats controlled Congress – nothing was done?”

        You DO know that the GOP controlled the House in 6 of Obama’s 8 years, right? And the GOP has controlled the Senate since ’14. So, I’ll throw your question back to you–why hasn’t the GOP congress done anything to advance legalization??

      4. Congress changes the law, not the President..
        And congress was controlled by which party,, the party of Trump… The Party of Trump, hang it around their necks like a necktie..

      5. Me?

        Oh, you fucked up when you dragged me into this, you obtuse propaganda mill.

        Let me tell you what I’m doing about it: I’m calling out liars like you who try to rewrite history. Obama is not to blame for marijuana prohibition, he is to be congratulated for his tolerance in allowing legalization to flourish under his watch. And if he had had even the slightest cooperation from the Republicans during his two terms in office, we wouldn’t now be in the deep-shit cluster-fuck you have put us in.

        And Hillary? Shit. All she did was run for President (and win the most votes, by the way) — so, get over it, already, you sexist jackass.

        Trump is not a populist, you shit-peddling swindler. He’s a sadistic, wannabe-dictator and a con-man. Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the scumbag is highly unpopular. His base is narrow, and narrow-minded.

        In summary, that’s what I’m doing about it: I’m calling out lying Trump propagandists like yourself. Thanks for asking; Now you know!

      6. Hey Anna,
        I am probably what you would call the Trump Base and so is my entire family. We are all for the legalization of Marijuana. Everyone I know is and we all voted for Trump. I’m from South Carolina where the laws are destroying teen age lives and where Jeff Sessions is from. The courts are filled with simple possession charges – where you can go to jail for 30 days, lose your license for 30 days and pay a fine, and that’s for the first offense. This is ridiculous – let us know how we can help. I think South Carolina is ready to change.

      7. @ Agreeing Anna
        If I may suggest, I might have told Chris from South Carolina that my beef is with current Trump supporters who still defend him, not former supporters who realize they’ve been betrayed, and now oppose Trump.

        Just my opinion, but I say there’s plenty of room in the marijuana legalization movement for FORMER Trump supporters who are no longer advancing his racist, authoritarian agenda within the diverse marijuana legalization community.

        But you can’t have it both ways, as current Trump supporters insist on trying to do.

      8. Talk about propaganda…The Obama administration quietly raided more medical dispensaries abiding by state and local laws than the Bush Administration. How about you make arguments based on facts. I love it how people like you think you, who have nothing to stand on, start calling people sexist, racist, fascist, bigot, and other names simply for the shock value, thinking that it’s somehow going to make your case.

      9. @Chris

        Jeff Sessions endorsed Trump way back in March of his campaign. Trump began his campaign with the same racist rhetoric as Harry Anslinger who started prohibition by blaming Mexicans and marijuana on our socioeconomic inequality.
        Funny thing; racist prohibition is the primary source of socioeconomic inequality. Normally, I dont blame everything a candidate says or does on the people who vote for them. But one thing I wont allow is for ego-tripping Trump supporters try to
        A): vainly disassociate themselves from every racist thing Trump ever did or said on his campaign
        B): pretend like Sessions or the whole defense-contracting Drug War brigade never endorsed Trump
        Or
        C): FAIL TO ADMIT WHEN YOURE WRONG!!!

        Perhaps the biggest most pathetic flaw of younger generations, and particularly the Trump-supporting-Lil-Dicks-Anonymous-Brigade (not saying you have a lil dick Chris, but your comments imply… “I hear things… people are saying”) …is the blatant disregard, unwillingness and failure to ADMIT when we’re WRONG!! Doth it offend thine ego with so much madness to admit thine own fault? To thine own self be true?
        Look, I’ll go first;
        It was WRONG of me to imply you have a little dick. Now it’s your turn; You can admit you were wrong to vote for a racist, fascist, authoritarian prohibitionist who is feeding our chances for legalization and our entire Democratic Republic to the Russian bears.

        All racism leads to the aquisition of other people’s property; hence, asset forfeitures, bad loans, drug wars, false equivalancies and political sell outs like Trump. It doesnt make us weak to admit when were wrong; it makes us right.

    2. Prohibition did not work then and it still doesn’t! What I find disgusting is that the public servants on taxpayer payroll are in the position and hired by us tax payers to make laws that work for the “people” the ones who hired you so to thumb your nose at the masses for the sake of sticking your nose up the few rich people in the pharmaceutical industry’ asses,who may lost a FEW dollars to the smart folks who use alternative medicine, really just sums it up! This war is over so deal with A.G. and move on to more important issues, like where your rich friends children and grandchildren will live after they have totally destroyed the planet by making it uninhabitable with the greed you all display~!

  2. I am in with NORML! Thank goodness this organization exists. I for one do NOT think marijuana is some trivial thing or vice that society can live without. I do not see marijuana as something that is harmful to human beings. It is my opinion that the psychological effects of marijuana is not to intoxicate a person into a stupor or create a dead beat citizen, but rather to induce a heightened state of reality that also brings a person inward meditatively for meaningful reflection. Certainly the new user can be overwhelmed and impaired physically. But this is not because of the drug, but rather because of the inexperienced user’s inability to focus one’s thoughts on a task. Their mind is going all over the place as they lay plastered on the couch. This is not marijuana doing this to the person. But rather the inexperienced mind that is not used to focused attention and bringing one’s thoughts under control. Thousands upon thousands of marijuana consumers figure out how to surf with it. These people are not in any stupor or delusional state that is dangerous to anybody! Because thousands upon thousands of experienced marijuana users can shred a mountain on a snowboard, or dominate in a video game, or create a masterful piece of music. For the average person it means the best tasting bowl of ice cream or the best time cleaning the house. For this the man wants to bust down our doors, shoot our animals, aggressively arrest us for wanting to consume and even grow a harmless plant. That someday might inspire the discovery that propels mankind to even higher evolution. But this can NOT happen if the people in charge take away our sacred plant, and destroy our lives for using it.

    So thankfully NORML is here to give marijuana affectiados a place to feel normal and accepted as an equal human beings. The truth is on our side. Marijuana/hemp is indeed a wonder plant and important crop for humanity.

    1. One of the great benefits of MJ legalization is that it often gives you, the buyer, the opportunity to shop for the particular strains that are best for you. I prefer the cerebral strains, for instance, and the euphoric strains that enhance happiness and relaxation, over the uplifting body-high types. Those latter types in fact sometimes make my body feel uncomfortable. There are strains that are great for social situations, others far less so, strains perfect for listening to music, watching movies, playing board games or whatever. I found a couple of strains in Denver that suited me perfectly (others that I won’t get again).

      You can rarely get those choices from a black market dealer. Usually, you get what they have, whether or not it is particularly suited for you, and whether or not it is fresh. And that’s taking it for granted that your dealer has any stock at all at that particular moment.

      For that reason, among others, I’m hoping that the 4 new states that approved MJ recreationally this past election can move ahead.

      1. Dear Evening Bud,

        I could not agree with you more, friend. Something that I discovered for myself because of store testing for medical use is that strains high in CBD work great for me. I purchased some Acapulco Gold recently from a dispensary in Las Vegas that was tested at 13.03% CBD with D9-THC at 8.52%. You would think that since the THC was so low that it would produce a mild psychological effect; but quite the contrary, for me at least, it works as good as stuff that was tested THC at 28% or so that I have used. I would never have been able to get a specific high CBD from an underground dealer for my chronic pain and my psychonauting. Now I can mountain bike for hours tearing up the trail, picking killer lines of trail with less pain all the while in deep thought figuring out my life. Thanks Show Grow medical dispensary.

      2. Jeedi,

        Your comment was interesting and so true:

        “I purchased some Acapulco Gold recently from a dispensary in Las Vegas that was tested at 13.03% CBD with D9-THC at 8.52%. You would think that since the THC was so low that it would produce a mild psychological effect; but quite the contrary, for me at least, it works as good as stuff that was tested THC at 28% or so that I have used. . . . ”

        I found out that same thing about one of the strains I like, Chem 4. It’s listed as 18% or so, but was plenty strong for me. Your comment about Acapulco Gold brings back many memories–the song, at least, as I never had a chance to taste it back in the day.

  3. Dana Rohrabacher is the only Congressman that admits to consuming marijuana while serving in office and the only Congressman that gets to title himself as a Libertarian. Senators Rand Paul, R-KY and Jeff Flake, R-AZ flaked out and betrayed their values voting for Jeff Sessions. We will not forget.
    I think “Whats next” is fairly clear. As NORML founder and legal council Keith Stroup has said, the USAG can simply file an injunction in federal court to use the Supremecy Clause to shut down state commercial operations. But the USAG cannot tell states how to regulate their criminal law, meaning that without a legal market, and without penalities, the black market cartels… including those agencies within the DOJ… will become even more powerful than ever.
    Unless we can pass HR 975 and quickly. By April the Rorhabacher-Farr amendment expires and without it there will be nothing stopping Sessions from cracking down on state legalization.
    Meanwhile what is occurring at the state level is exceptional… More than 350 fellow activists flooded the state capitol here in Texas last Wednesday and Congressman (as well as I) were impressed with the level of professionalism displayed by activists. Dressing professionally helps us retain the confidence to speak confidently and ask and listen.
    Make sure and sign the log book up front showing your zipcode that you are a voting constituent in your state Congressman’s district. Dont be discouraged if you talk to a staff member: directors and staff are there for this reason. Get to know them all. Use emails for brief questions and sending peer reviewed links that can be found on this website in the NORML library. Call for an appointment. Good luck!

  4. And we can tell a Republican controlled Congress that HR 975 represents the core Republican value of states rights. Here is the link to write your Congressman:
    http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19997

    And dont forget HR 331 to halt Federal asset forfeitures:
    http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19787

    Republicans, the Drumphureror or Sherriff’s Associations do not get to use our tax dollars and asset forfeitures stolen without due process to justify throwing sick Americans in jail or separating children from their parents because they “cant stop drug dealers otherwise.” We got your otherwise: LEGALIZE!

    These two laws will stop the civil war machine that turns cops sworn to protect us into criminals. Lets restore the integrity of this nation and show Drumph and his evil cabinet what “law and order” is and show Sessions what the “Justice” in the Justice Department stands for.

  5. why doesn’t the article say who the 12 sponsors of the ‘The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,’ were..
    we can’t support them if we don’t know who they are.

  6. So here we are, with nothing between us and Jeff Sessions except “states’ rights,” a legal principle historically used to deprive black citizens of their inalienable rights.

    For the moment, never mind what Jeff Sessions thinks. Let’s talk about us for a minute, and ask ourselves: should we cannabis consumers “respect” the rule of law?

    I say, it’s important not to conflate morality with legality, when it comes to marijuana law. There are the moral issues, and then there are the legal issues.

    Ending marijuana prohibition is a matter of social justice. For as long as I’ve been around, the “laws” regarding marijuana have been overtly and blatantly rigged in favor of oppression and exploitation, at the expense of civil and human rights. Those principles of law which might have protected us as citizens, like the fundamental right to medicine, and our basic right to grow and eat food, have long since been corrupted and/or neutered.

    So fuck the law, first of all. It’s corrupt. Let’s be honest: we’re not going to quit smoking marijuana, whether it’s legal or not.

    Yes, let’s fix the laws; and let’s use whatever laws we need to protect ourselves; this is a matter of practicality. But when we make our case to the public, let us not be hypocritical. “Respect?” Sorry. Can’t do it. The Law is corrupt, and unworthy of respect.

    This is about Harm Reduction, not respect for “states’ rights.” “States rights” are worth about as much as “corporations’ rights” — and that’s zip.

    States, like corporations, are not people, therefore they don’t have any fucking rights. Even animals have more rights than states and corporations, because they are actually living, sentient beings. States and corporations are legal fictions — they have no more inherent rights than cartoon characters.

    Imagine there’s no country, it isn’t hard to do. (Thanks, John Lennon.)

    People’s Rights, goddamn it!

    1. Boy it doesn’t take much for y’all to claim the sky is falling because of AG Sessions!!!

      Slow down, take a hit off your bong and THINK!!!!

      Colorado collected $1.3bn last year and that number is climbing.

      8 states have legalized it and their coffers are becoming full as well.

      AG Sessions if anything will be eliminating the FDA Scheduled of Class 1.

      This is a 10th Amendment – States Rights.

      1. There wasn’t so much money involved before and there didn’t have the amount of people behind this like they do now. See the BIG picture

      2. “Your industry is small by any metric of American capitalism,” said John Hudak of the Brookings Institution. “You are a speck of dust in a clutter of dirt of American capitalism… The president is planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act. If you think that hospitals, doctors and the pharmaceutical industry are small enough to be shaken down by the president, but the cannabis industry is too big to face the same challenge from the president, once again, you’re insane.”

      3. Welcome to this forum. You clearly know nothing about marijuana policy or AG Jeff Sessions or even that Drug War III has already been ordered by the orange, mentally unstable douchebag we call our President.
        Allow me to explain: CONGRESS has to fix the Controlled Substances Act. Not the AG, not the President. The USAG COULD recognize bad drug policy and prioritize enforcement on real violent crimes until Congress figures it out… but in this case the executive branch is more interested in self profit from private prison, pharmaceutical and asset forfeiture kickbacks and campaign “donations” from vulture capitalist billionaires stealing votes through voter caging.
        So please click on the green ACT! tab and contact our state and federal Congressman to change bad marijuana laws today; before Sessions pulls your head out of your asset forfeiture and fills it with a cell mate. 😉

      4. MSimon,

        Only Congress is going to deschedule marijuana.

        You are talking to someone who regularly lobbies my state Republican legislature on marijuana legalization, or at least decriminalization.

        You want to educate Trump voters? Join your local school board and lets get civics back in as a core curriculum for public schools (before Devos sells them to the highest bidder).

        You operate under the false assumption that Trump supporters READ. Hell, youve been trying to get me on an educational role for Trumpers and you appear to be oblivious to the fact that Trump already ordered Drug War III! Its in the news! (No, the REAL news like th Washington Post, NYTimes and the Guardian).

        Education is key, but PUBLIC education… not yelling into some Trumpist echo chamber while continuing to perpetuate the myth that any President can single handedly deschedule marijuana without the consent of Congress. Thatll end up in Federal court faster than the April deadline for the Rorhabacher-Farr amendment to expire so Sessions can file an injunction. PLEASE research.

        So do us all a favor: you wanna educate Trump supporters without civics in Public education? Pay for a commercial on Fox news and Britebart that promotes HB975. See if you can fit in images of Trump’s executive orders turning into violence in our streets while the Mexican families being deported cause massive inflation in our economy. You dont even have to be sarcastic like John Oliver recently did… just deliver basic FACTS… because we dont have an EPA anymore to put FACTS on the endangered species list.

      5. “Assuming Trump is not bought,”
        How on earth do you assume ANY politician isnt bought under the unlimited campaign donations of Citizens United? You are either too incompetant to understand our current politics or you need to stop the bull$#!+ right now.

    1. The marijuana prohibitionists say they want to “protect” little Alan Cleland from the “dangers” of marijuana — that is, until he takes his first toke! Then, the goal becomes to DESTROY little Alan Cleland, to send his life into a downward spiral of prison, joblessness, and violence.

      But we don’t want that to happen to little Alan Cleland; we want him to be able to grow up, go to school, get a good job, and never have to worry about being shot, or otherwise having his life ruined by the bogus laws prohibiting use of the safe and nutritious plant cannabis.

  7. if you guys would just tweet trump over and over again we could probably get an answer about what he intends to do. isn’t it really our best bet? its his most used way to speak to the people.

    1. Your dull sarcasm, along with Mr. Cleland, reveals a deliberate and conscious self deprication and a pitiful lack of research skills. Here, allow me to introduce you to some real reporting and investigative journalism about what Trump is really doing:

      http://www.alternet.org/drugs/trump-goes-full-nixon-law-and-order-executive-order-vows-ruthless-war-drugs-crime?akid=15201.2366751.Sk-L0i&rd=1&src=newsletter1072149&t=4

      So when you’re done regurgitating pathetic distractions, do the world a favor and click on the green “Act!” button and contact our legislators to pass HB 975 and protect states rights to regulate marijuana.

  8. We need this law to be passed not only for the purpose of the benefits it helps medical patients, but also for people that would carry and end up with a federal record that screws up there lives. I would also like for some initiative for there to be able to test it scientifically for different alments and dosages for people. I know for my self with medical problems that this helps, but I’d like some knowledge of strains of it that this one is better for this ailment over another. Plus doseage I don’t want to be high for fun I just want the pain to go away and have a productive live.

    1. To paraphrase @Julian, Feb 14, 2:57 pm, above,
      .
      “How on earth do you assume ANY politician isn’t bought under the unlimited campaign donations of $igarets United?”

  9. Speaking of the future-
    if this, as below, is to accurate/likely_to_continue
    should we not push for similar volume-based taxation?
    If, indeed, the financial aspects for local governments are helpful in gaining ground?

    1. The marijuana industry is the only industry I’m aware of that asks to be legally taxed, and volunteers to do it!

  10. It is time to stop the Congress for spending money in the war of drugs. Pass the vote for medical marijuana and to legalize it for adult use and tax it like alcohol. Is proof that in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington D.C. and the sky has not falling down. Don’t let the out laws to take the money. Late the Gov. do it for schools, and other use in the Government of USA.

  11. For many years in the war of drug don’t work. And marijuana are the first thing the FBI and DEA look for arresting American Latinos, African American and Spanish American as abusing the law. We need to stop the jail industry and the opioid sold legal by Pharma. We want to change the law on marijuana use.

    1. Yes, indeed. Marijuana prohibition is inherently racist, right down to the word “marijuana,” more properly known as cannabis.

      That’s because cannabis itself was never the issue, and people know this instinctively, and you can tell this by their comments, like the person who said “If you can kill yourself with cigarettes, why can’t you smoke pot?” That person instinctively understands that something is wrong with this picture.

      And there definitely is something wrong with it. Big time! But, getting your head around the sheer scale of the crime against humanity can be overwhelming for people whose faith in our social institutions prevents them from accepting something so horrible. Still, it’s better to know, than not to know — at least then you can begin to make change, and make our society a better place to live.

  12. Any law which negates a persons ability to control their own body is a law closer to slavery than it is to freedom.

  13. Rev. Verestin draws on a remarkable point in our resistance; that we the majority of Americans of ALL races or religion recognize the war on drugs as a war on the impovrished of ALL races, religions and of course, immigrants. UNITE.
    But we dont vote during Congressional elections.
    And under Sessions, there is a threat even greater than these sick, backwards, violence-provoking orders the President just signed:

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/trump-goes-full-nixon-law-and-order-executive-order-vows-ruthless-war-drugs-crime?akid=15201.2366751.Sk-L0i&rd=1&src=newsletter1072149&t=4

    And that is voter supression and caging through the Republican Crosscheck program:

    http://www.thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

    which will expand exponentially under Sessions as USAG.
    If you live in the following states:
    https://www.healthofstatedemocracies.org/factors/intercross.html
    And your last name is Jackson, Martinez or Wong, your vote most likely was purged from the last election and will very likely not count again in 2018.
    These are times when executive orders and bad laws are forcing our law enforcement to separate peaceful families and consoldate and federalize local law enforcement with rogue organized crime agencies within the DOJ or the ATF. We need to respond by teaming up NORML even more closely with the ACLU and every state and Federal Congressman who will listen and support sane laws: our nation’s existence as a Democratic Republic depends on US.
    If we dont take this assault on our liberty, peace and the right to live happily serious enough to register to vote and citizen lobby NOW, than in the words of Haile Selassie and Bob Marley’s song “War” “Then peace will remain a fleeting illusion to be persued but never attained.”
    Make no mistake, we are fighting for the very soul of our nation and the fight goes to our state and federal Congress. Dress and behave professionally. SOMEone has to.

    1. Julian,

      You bring up a valuable point, in your response to the Reverend, and that concerns the voting suppression conducted by the GOP in our country. That is unconscionable on the part of the GOP, and is one of the reasons international groups that monitor democracies rate the U.S. so low on actual functioning democracies.

      That voter suppression, the cynical voter I.D. laws, and all the money in our political system ensure the plutocrats of their grip on our govt. The GOP epitomizes this corrupt system, but the Dems have been involved too–the Blue Dog Dems, Third Way Dems, or whatever you wanna call ’em.

      I honestly believe that we can only change this by replacing the centrist Dems with real progressives, ala Elizabeth Warren, Raul Grijalva and the like (and Bernie would of course fit this description, tho he’s independent). We certainly cannot wait for the GOP to change this system, as their lips are collectively and firmly attached to the milk teats of their corporate bosses.

      I applaud the efforts and posts of you and Mark Mitcham, and others here, for highlighting the racial travesty in our current political situation. The obscene numbers of people arrested for simple pot possession, is of course, directly related to this racism.

      1. Exactly: Racism, voter caging, prohibition, asset forfeitures; it’s all connected to keep the evil and guilty in power and evading taxes.

        Americans with the last name Jackson, Wong and Martinez vote %90 Democratic. While I am encouraged and continue to encourage my Republican Representatives to legalize cannabis all we have to do is look at the http://www.norml.org/congressional-scorecard to see how many grade-A marijuana reforming candidates voter caging has eliminated, not to mention our direct democracy voter initiatives or hand our Democratic Republic over to a vain, psychotic tyrannical authoritarian.
        Now add the layer of decades of state and federal felony marijuana posession convictions eliminated Democratic votes?
        And now Jeff Sessions is USAG, who actively participated in voter supression of African Americans as Senator and US attorney in Alabama?
        Federal Republicans, Republican Governors, AGs and their billionaire doners are afraid of a fair fight. So they cheat with the law they align and brand themselves with Trump’s patent hatred and bigotry and steal Democratic votes both to the unwitting voter and the witless President who cant accept that the Koch brothers got his sorry @$$ elected, not hardly the majority vote of the American people… even electorally. (So glad that reporter called Drumph out on the real electoral vote numbers since Reagan. “I was told things.”? What a douche).

  14. Sessions getting the AG slot is the BEST thing for MJ legalization ever! Why? Because he will enforce laws that are on the books and guess what kiddies, that in turn will force the elected legislators to respond to their constituents on the issue of medpot and recpot, which polls show have a majority support.

    That means THE LAWS GET CHANGED!

    Now compare that to Obama, who laughed off MJ even though his website for public input, promising a response, turned out to be as much of a joke as he was as a POTUS. Oh we did see plenty of pardons for criminals, a record amount at the end of his second term but where was some love on the MJ front? MIA completely! He could have descheduled with an executive order and failed to do so.

    Sometimes you have to go in reverse in order to move forward, just like rocking a car in the snow or mud. Sessions will serve an useful purpose in that regard.

    1. So far, Obama has been the most pro-pot president in history. If the Republican’s want to do better (I sure don’t see any evidence of that), it’ll take actions to convince me.

      1. Buddy, lay off smoking so much weed as it has killed your memory! Obama dissed NORML and pot smokers by laughing off the issue in 2009. Ask Stroup about how online pressure using Obama’s “ask me and I’ll answer” website, which required a certain number of people to ask about a topic, went for NORML.

        NOT WELL!

        Them’s the facts!

      2. Obama laughed then let the states go ahead with medical and later recreational.
        Trump has already explicitly encouraged asset forfeiture and will soon launch raids on dispensaries ( a la the recent immigration crackdowns ) and will then laugh..
        Take your pick.

    2. I dont believe you are even convincing yourself.

      The bad laws have been “enforced” since 1970 when the Controlled Substances was signed into law. If I told you that beating the fuck out of you and throwing you in jail so you could complain to your Congressman more was (No thanks to Drumph) “better” than writing some Cole memos, stop federally enforcing states rights to enforce their own marijuana laws, and keep you out of prison so you can vote, protest and stay with the family you love… (Thanks Obama)
      … Just which path would you say was better?

  15. Face it – the election of Trump set the reschedule of Cannabis by the federal government will be delayed indefinitely. Trump’s appointment of attorney general, a supreme court justice, and lower court justices will rule against cannabis deregulation for a generation. Most of the progress, made in the last 10 years, to accept cannabis will be nullified.

  16. Good Job HR 975! I hope it’s as common sense as it sounds. This is something to really get the country behind.

  17. Hey Alan Cleland – Don’t be a zealot ! Do your research ! You should be worried about Heroin and Meth destroying your kids – Marijuana will only heal. Our bodies are hard wired to receive THC – DO YOUR RESEARCH – otherwise your opinion is uninformed and not accurate…

  18. Let us also hope Trump is not easily influenced with that “good ol boy” mentality by Sessions, Pence, others, and acts as a LEADER, not a cowtower to his buddie’s interests. I know he is a businessman and collaboration and all, but he needs to chart his OWN course, and, I daresay on other issues, a better one at that. Thank you.

      1. I hear you, Mark. I had another comment on here too but it did not post. I definitely hear you. Darkest of days ahead.

      2. I see it as a “cage match” at this point, between AG Sessions and the “Genie-out-of-the-bottle” that our cumulative legalization victories represent.

        AG Sessions is clearly the “favorite” in that analogy: he has essentially unlimited power at his disposal (unlimited, but not necessarily legitimate!)

        Still, this ain’t the sixties anymore, and the “Genie” is bigger and stronger than it has ever been. Even for Sessions, there will be consequences for any actions he takes, and he will be forced to live with those. I imagine he’s been thinking all that through recently, himself.

        But we must recall that “victory” was never the goal of the War on Drugs. That’s just marketing. Because, remember: These are War-Profiteers we’re dealing with here. The war is the Drug War, specifically, marijuana prohibition. The key thing to understand is this:

        War profiteers don’t want victory, or defeat: they just want war. Why? For Profit. Money.

  19. In light of these bills and at least three new states (Vermont, N.H., R.I.) on the legalization path, Iowa with medical, if he is going to crack down, Sessions will move quickly. It is a shame California is not completely up and running retail-wise yet or costs to the DOJ and DEA would SKYROCKET.

  20. By the way,, Thanks Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), along with six other Republicans, wish there were more like you… Your strange bedfellow,, Anonymous,,

  21. Everyone, a very interesting and perhaps SOMEWHAT hopeful article I found, also was on Yahoo! but just looked it up again today. Would love to hear reactions, and I know it might mean nothing at all. Thanks NORML, I hope this is postable…..

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Marijuana-Today-AG-Sessions-leaning-toward-10928915.php

    [Paul Armentano responds: This story has already been debunked: https://massroots.com/blog/white-house-denies-marijuana-news-report.%5D

    1. yes, look, I KNOW it says he would probably still crackdown on large-scale ops, but perhaps not a FULL crackdown? That is, he would not order the STATES to shut it down or raid shops? Perhaps….perhaps not. Interesting though…..

    2. Thanks for the link, Paul. Obviously propaganda. It was almost admission from the White House that they WILL crackdown. (Why not? Theyre all cracked out).

      Here is a clear demonstration of how someone as evil, costic and self-centered as Trump could be elected president.
      Matt: You were provided a link that linked you DIRECTLY to the facts. You dont have to speculate, you could literally read and click your way to the truth in mere SECONDS and yet in the face of facts you remain dubious and cling to “perhaps.” Its not that hard to research. When I think back to what research meant before the internet I think of how much more difficult it was and what we take for granted. But when I see not only what passes as legitimate news but worse, how much crap people are willing to believe despite being spoon fed the facts I think the internet just facilitated people’s laziness to trap themselves in bubbles of alternate realities.

      There has to be some level of accountability for fake news. Like the more advertisements posted on fake news websites that portray themselves as legit news the more damages sponsors get to sue for defamation and false advertising from the publishers and editors associating their fake news with the sponsors products. There could be a consumer disclosure agreement and we could all police and verify its certification. Punishments could be as far as shutting down websites for repeat offenders to required continuing research education. Its a thought, but ultimately its up to each one of us to check the source of what we’re reading.

  22. Step in Obama’s shoes for a second. He’s the first black president, and as such he unwillingly became a symbol for black presidents to come. If his legacy is to have legalized marijuana, what do you imagine the vast racist part of the American population would think of electing a future black president? It would only reinforce the stereotypes they held about black people, and hinder future black candidates.

    Apologies for playing the race card, and I’m not saying I agree with Obama’s failure to reschedule cannabis, I just think there are more factors to be considered here.

    1. It’s perfectly okay to talk about race. It’s just not okay to discriminate, based on race, gender, or anything else.

      Talking about race, and racism, is a good thing. Racism feeds on silence and whispers. Lots of white folks still can’t say “Black lives matter” without equivocating or arguing about it. But they do need the practice!

  23. Lots of unnecessary political sniping on this board today. And shameful name-calling. I welcome supporters of any of the political parties to this conversation. We might not agree on party affiliation, but we can get together and stop prohibition of our favorite plant. Why not talk about how we are going to work for reform under the conditions we are given, as the article suggests, rather than running off fellow marijuana advocates over party differences?

    1. The marijuana legalization movement must be united, not divided. But because we are diverse (black, white, male, female, straight, gay, etc.) as a movement, there is no room for bigotry within the marijuana legalization movement.

      Concessions to bigotry, such the Trump supporters are demanding, only hurts us, never helps us, because it divides us. And divided, we fall. Fuck the bigots. We don’t want them, we don’t need them.

      If that’s what you mean!

  24. Thank-you Norml!!;!Mayor Sylvester Turner is reviewing a proposal from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg that, once implemented, will decriminalize some marijuana possession offenses.

    The policy, which goes into effect on March 1, is known as the Misdemeanor Marijuana Diversion Program, a pre-charge diversion program for individuals who meet certain criteria, and are in possession of four ounces or less of marijuana.

    Those who qualify will not be arrested, ticketed, or required to go to court if they agree to take a four-hour drug education course. (420 Intel);

  25. Expert, texpert choking smokers
    Don’t you think the joker laughs at you
    (Ho ho ho hee hee hee hah hah hah).
    You think Trump and Sessions aren’t going to be laughing on the day when simultaneous raids on medical and recreational outlets are launched in all states..
    How about this little tidbit on Asset forfeiture,, Trump ” do you need and executive order,, just encouragement ? Your encouraged ”
    More Reefer,, Less Madness,,,

  26. Why is this backward asshole alabama rube the A.G. in the first place? his sullen, angry, shitty expression on his face. all this bastard is, is a wrench in the gears of inevitability, who probably thinks Reefer Madness is a documentary.

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