Alternative Fact: Marijuana Causes Violence

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Photo by Gage Skidmore
Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Photo by Gage Skidmore

Speaking to the press this evening, Attorney General Jeff Sessions doubled down on his infamous reefer madness rhetoric. Sessions stated:

“We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Sessions’ latest comments describe a reality that only exists in the world of alternative facts. Marijuana legalization has not lead to increased crime or violence, but rather is associated with lowered youth use rates and access, increased tax revenue, and fewer arrests of otherwise law abiding American citizens. The truth is that legalization is working as voters have intended and that the new US Attorney General’s opinions are reckless, irresponsible, and outright false.

These statements are not only out of touch with reality and public sentiment, but they also go against President Trump’s promise on the campaign trail to leave marijuana policy to the states. If you support legalization now is not the time to be silent. Now is the time to stand up and fight back.

The only way to ensure our progress continues in light of this proposed push back is to pass federal legislation that makes certain that the Attorney General can’t intervene in states that have enacted adult use regulatory laws. We need to pass the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017. This legislation would prevent the federal government from attack state approved legalization and medical marijuana laws.

Click here to write your elected officials in support of this legislation

This is a true test of our movement. Stand with is against these threats because together we are unstoppable. Together we will legalize marijuana nationwide.

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  1. So Erik, In your opinion what’s their positive for lying? The court, lawyer, rehabilitation center tie ins? The high annual salaries of the mid and top tier law enforcement position that would be under economic stain with the legalization of cannabis? The pharmacy companies interests in the commercialization of cannabis for massive profits and mobilization? Or the old Nixon DEA deal that’s hanging on for one last breath? Perhaps all of the above?

    As always: Legalization without commercialisation

    1. Legalization without commercialization is a contradiction in terms as long as we live in a society that uses money. So stop talking out your ass — it’s starting to stink in here.

    2. The “negative” you have for lying you adle-bated troll.
      “Legalization without commercialization” is precisely what Sessions Trump, Big Pharma and private prisons are aiming for. You are the enemy of our legalization efforts.
      The real question now is whats your “positive,” because all Im reading from you is negative.

      1. Oh come on Julian, I agree with you 99% of the time, you know what she means,, the Tomato model… If I was dictator, that’s what we would have.. We all know that’s not going to happen, but it’s not something to fight about. Not when there’s people on here keep trying to tell us that,, ” maybe Trump will reschedule, Trump will legalize because of the money,, Republicans respect State’s Rights, Obama didn’t do anything..”
        Bull..
        For 40 years I’ve listened to people talk about, it would create jobs, tax revenue,
        police have more important things to do, this is like the 20’s. All true but I say that’s not really the point.. ” It’s just a plant in the backyard,, I smoke it, then I don’t bother anybody else,, why is this a problem ”
        My best line, and I’ve used this on a US Attorney, a former Assistant Director of the FBI, the head of the ATF, a high ranking State Police official, a cousin whose a police officer and an old friend from high school running as a Tea Party Republican for US House, as well as many other people.. I say ” the ONLY problem with Marijuana is you could grow it in backyard for FREE, and in a country where everything is for sale (U.S), what worse crime there be”
        Never fails to get a laugh followed by an affirmative silent nod.. Try it, it works every time.

      2. You get to the core of it. Still, Donna’s comments are counterproductive, since even tomatoes are sold commercially. Full legalization, cannabis sells for pennies on the pound. But that’s still commercialization. She makes unreasonable demands.

      3. ” I marijuana could only be grown in a lab and be patented, it would be in our toothpaste..” Another one of my zingers that always gets a laugh and a nod when talking to holdouts..
        I’m sure all of us here,, Me, You, Donna, Julian,, Matt,, all of us ,, If we were to describe what we would do if put in charge of the world, would all come up with different models,, no two identical..
        Some people would say the tomato model, grow your own,, give it away if you want,, barter with your neighbor,, ” I’ll trade you some weed from my backyard garden for a few of those tomatoes from yours” No cash sales, no taxes.
        There’s the strawberry model.. buy it for cash at the farmer market.
        Some would apply the medical model to recreational,, State regulated dispensaries selling to card holding customer who have registered with their local authorities and pay an annual fee.
        Some would say sell it in liquor stores,,,
        Some would say the Quickie Mart, “Pot, it’s on aisle 7,, between the Meth and the Snickers Bars, we keep the LSD behind the counter, with the Lottery tickets.”
        I’ve heard one person propose people could get a Marijuana permit,, in exchange for their drivers license.
        Antagonizing each other over legalization without commercialization or whether to call it Marijuana or Cannabis, distracts from fighting the Sessions model of legalization..
        Zero Tolerance, SWAT raids, Asset Forfeiture, and “Convicts R Us”.

      4. As Dain Bramage explains, tomatoes are not marijuana. And clearly quality marijuana CAN be taxed and regulated, even after California defies the CSAct and goes full commercial. Colorado has been doing a fine job of that, and even if we get “pennies to the pound,” the sales tax on top is still doing its job to provide fair, legal representation, hence the Cannabis Caucus.
        But the idea of “Legalization without commercialization” under current state decriminalization, while simultaneously ramping up asset forfeitures is a very real threat of empowering organized crime from within our own government.
        Trump and Sessions action on restricting the commercial legal marijuana market while states legalize will result in an enormous flood of income to violent black market cartels and cause our law enforcement to work entirely on seizing assets instead of solving or preventing violent crimes. This is a very real, very serious threat we are dealing with and we dont have time to fuck around with grandoise pipe dreams about “legalization without commercialization” because its a distracting perfect being the enemy of the good and that $#!+ aint gonna happen. Getting mugged by a cop? The way things are going that $#!+ is more likely to happen.

      5. Not sure I follow your logic or why your this upset about it.
        If Trump/Session would give us Recreational Legalization under any form, then that would be one thing I would have to agree with Trump/Sessions on.. I hardly see where that’s the case though..
        Donna’s not the enemy,, Trumps the enemy,,
        Lets not fight amongst ourselves.

        ” If Hitler invaded Hell, than I would give the Devil at least a favorable mention in Commons ” Winston Churchill

      6. Yes… any marijuana legalization model — the tomato model, the strawberry model, even Donna’s anti-capitalism model — is better than the Sessions model. In theory.

        I do believe we should resist those who seek to divide us. Is Donna one of those? I’ve always thought so. But let’s reevaluate.

        MSimon, an obvious Trump “mole”,troll, or plant, is clearly attempting to use the legalization issue to divide us as Trump would divide us: by race, gender, orientation, religion, disability, and any other possible form of discrimination you could think of. So fuck MSimon, and his Trump propaganda.

        But is Donna doing the same thing by advocating for the anti-capitalism legalization model? Well…Sort of.

        If she is against commercialization, then she is against the existence of dispensaries. If she is against the dispensaries, then I must ask: is she in favor of DEA raids? She winds up siding with Sessions on that one, whether she intends to or not.

        Does she know this? No way to be sure. Perhaps she will tell us. But propagandists generally won’t engage in real dialogue. They drop their load of advertising, and take off.

        She may not understand any of that. And I have no wish to be cruel or divisive myself.

        So: let’s not be cruel to Donna; but let’s point out that she is helping Sessions make his prohibitionist case.

      7. Fair enough: the Golden Rule will stand and I will work to create a better example of dialogue. I looked back at some of my comments and they definitely fell into the cruel category.
        With that said, Dain Bramage (Such a clever pen name…) you make an excellent point about propagandists dumping their load of dirty lies then moving on. Or as Mark Mitcham points out, “notice how they never respond to facts?” Which leads me to believe we may be talking to bots.
        So pardon my impatience, but Ive tried everything to get an honest response from Donna or MSimon, good or bad. They just come back as if no one read the facts, no one fact checked, hoping they’ll drive the same propganda like Trump really isnt declaring Drig War III or even responsible for his AG’s agenda.
        Im starting to wonder if this blog needs reCaptcha.

    3. Legalization without commercialization sounds great,, but the reason a lot of non smokers go along with legalization is for the tax revenue.

      1. Precisely: If we have any hope of passing states rights legislation through Congress like HR 975 or The “Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” …despite the hypocrisy and existential threat of drug war III from Trump-Sessions… it will be through the revenue from fair taxation:

        http://www.alternet.org/drugs/5-reasons-trump-think-twice-messing-marijuana?akid=15252.2366751.rL18fi&rd=1&src=newsletter1073159&t=14

        I dont like being mean, but Im fed up with comments that want the perfect to be the enemy of the good because we dont have time for that now… we truly never did. Prohibition has persisted for 75 years based… among many things.. on. a war against small farmers; the ability to grow hemp and grow healthy local exchange markets. I want nothing more than to see waves of cannabis undulating in the wind across my valley. But we have to fairly tax it to get there. The existence of the government is dependent upon our dependence to be taxed for trade and commodities. No representation without taxation means that likewise we have no one in Congress on our side unless we can produce revenue. The recreational marijuana market has lived up to that promise, reducing violence, paying for schools and health care services and creating Congressional allies every day. All this no tax bull$#!+ needs to step aside.

      2. Agreed. The thing is, and I’ve told Donna this, I’m as anti-capitalist as just about anyone! I hate money! I can envision a world without it very easily… all the other mammals seem to be able to survive without it. It is in no way a physical necessity.

        But I’m a realist. You’ve got to pick your battles. Until I find enough people who agree with me, and are ready to live communally, I’m stuck with Capitalism for the time being, and I’m not willing to let that unwinnable battle sink our efforts to free the weed.

  2. Sessions wants to fill his for profit prisons. Governor Hickinlooper said he is going to fight it. Not just because the people have spoken but because he sees that legalization is actually working.

  3. Yeah if this is the kind of statements coming out of Washington now I’m guessing removing marijuana off the Schedule one list is more likely off the board.

  4. I do hope we can indeed pass the Respect Marijuana Act in time before a crackdown. Both Spicer, with his gateway theory regarding marijuana and opiode “link” (gateway theory as we know has been debunked), and now Sessions with that old-time falsehood that somehow marijuana is linked with violence (which we all know is also false), the old ideas of Reefer Madness persist. Ironically, if we legalize marijuana, the “violence” Sessions thinks exists around weed would (which is due to gang violence, cartels, etc. all existing because prohibition is in effect). So sick of seeing both Spicer and Sessions on the television. They are both wrong, and living in the past, stuck there. But we do need to pass the Respect act, and I agree, now is NOT the time to be silent. Contact your legislators. Take to the streets, and stay united and strong, make your voices heard. We CAN do this, but we must act now.

    1. oh, and it is interesting how they are still trying to spread Reefer Madness when over half the population knows that is explenitive. Lol, thought my other posts on the other article were deleted but I see they are still there so I decided to come back and add to this one. Thanks, NORML, it is so good to have so many friends and allies in our fight. Night all for now, and hang in there, we can do this, stand up, don’t be afraid.

    2. I too hope, they pass the Respect Act, then the federal war over,, but do you really think Trump,, in view of his appointments, pandering to law enforcement, and just the makeup of the vast majority of his base, is going to sign it. First get it out of committee,, then pass the House, the Senate, then get the president to sign it and then Affirmed by the Supreme Court,, by then all majority Republican institutions, We’ll See.

      1. That is precisely why we must not “normalize” Trump’s fascist, authoritarian, white supremacist regime by making concessions to them with the hope that they will “go easy” on the whiter-toned among us, just so long as we keep our mouths shut when they come for everyone else.

        If we do that, we gain nothing, and we lose our freedom, and our souls.

        That is why, for all the calls for unity and bipartisanship, which I strongly endorse, we must recognize that on this issue — the bipartisan, marijuana legalization issue — the Republicans must come to us WITHOUT DEMANDS, only support. If they’re demanding concessions (and they are: they want our silence), they’re not on our side, regardless of their marketing approach.

  5. November 8th 2016, a date that will live in infamy… After 50 years marijuana legalization becomes inevitable and unthinkable simultaneously.
    You can’t write this stuff..

  6. I doubt I will be the only one here to point out the well-know, actual fact: marijuana doesn’t promote violence, but marijuana prohibition does.

  7. Now watch as Sessions directly engages in violence.

    Republican voters are psychotic sociopaths for enabling these criminals. Republicans aren’t so stupid that they can’t see the crime against America that Trump has perpetrated, but they pretend that they don’t.

    Cowards that they are, Republican politicians literally run and hide from their constituents at town-hall meetings.

    Shame on all of you pathetic ignoramuses. If the God you perpetually invoke actually exists, He is going to ensure that you burn in hell forever for what you are doing to America.

  8. Jeff Sessions is the one in control of this and instead of just emailing people we also should email reps that we want it removed from the Schedule one Drug so we should do that too.

  9. Prohibition of homegrown violates quite blatantly the Bill of Rights which is the real law of this land. Weed is a religion in Jamaica and peaceable assembly anywhere, and needs to be redressed since identified as medicine (Amendment 1), micromanaging our homes and families is not allowed since we are not at war with plants (Amendment 3), seizure of assets for growing medicine is unreasonable (Amendment 4), compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor is not taken seriously (Amendment 6), common law applies since most people have long favored legalization (Amendment 7), cruel punishment for growing medicine (Amendment 8), and the right to new vices (Amendment 9).

  10. See how Sessions is holding up his hands in the picture to this story? Now keep imagining those hands with blood on them. He is bleeding like a wounded animal; and it is only a matter of time before the wolves catch their prey.

  11. To an extent I agree that there is some violence and crime associated with cannabis. However, neither the cannabis itself or the typical user, are NOT the problem! The problem are the laws that cause cannabis to be a rare and valuable commodity.

    The laws that make it expensive and result in big cash flows give real criminals, NOT the average recreational or medicinal user, reason to commit crimes in order to get it.

    IF cannabis was to be made 100% legal across America, like it should be, I believe that practically all crimes associated with it would disappear very rapidly.

    Jefferson Beauregad Sessions III only sees the violence resulting from harsh laws and, being the kind of cretin he is, blames the cannabis. He would say that the person that was beat and robbed at a medical dispensary is an example of the violence caused by cannabis. He would call every single incident of someone using, growing, or selling marijuana an example of the crimes caused by cannabis when, in fact, they are only crimes because of ignorant laws.

  12. The other person we have to watch out for is Steve Mnuchin. This guy is the one who most likely is pushing Trump to use a marijuana crackdown as a way to raise funds, get his money for his wall and things. This freak most likely sees an untapped revenue stream of forfeitures, IRS collections, etc to harvest money legally because of existing Fed laws. Here is another un-natural, bleeding, wounded wildebeest for natures predators….

  13. Does Sessions hint at the Robberies of the dispensaries and farms, and could this be because of the Banking rules preventing use by marijuana businesses?

  14. Cracking down on commercial operations while states continue to legalize and decriminalize will create an enormous black market demand, making illegal cartels from Mexico to local corrupt law enforcement, double agent informants and agencies within the DOJ (or out like the ATF) all the way up to AG Sessions more powerful and violent than ever. Asset forfeitures are not about stopping violence or solving violent crimes; they incentivize and recruit local law enforcement to pick off the competition while major cartels are literally in bed with DEA l, FBI and CIA agents as what happened in Cartagena during the 2011 Summit of the Americas when the DEA took the Secret Service to Colombian cartel prostitutes. The reason we know is because the DEA agents kept checking their weapons and sensitive briefcases off to hotel management and creating so much noise during their sex parties the management, Colombia government and its people are sick of it. Its all manipulated through USAID and the DOJ. Then the US government wants to blame the violence on LATAM when its US drug demand, policy and behavior at fault?
    Its time to recognize that so long as marijuana is scheduled under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 the violence and THE cartel of the world is our own government.

    1. To be specific, I wouldnt give a shit about the DEA having sex parties except that the violent consequences are families being separated by prohibition, drug wars perpetuated by these agents just to seize property from the next slush fund because the point of prohibition is not to ever end it or even solve crimes but to but allow the DOJ and law enforcement to milk the forfeitures. The CSAct turns cops into criminals. And the majority of the US knows this now; were just either on the predatory target of black markets, asset forfeitures and private prisons or were the ones profiting from it all. The masks are coming off. Sessions isnt fooling anyone.

    2. Another great thing about Asset Forfeiture is it’s a dandy legal way to bribe Law Enforcement.. We had a local Drug Task force where I lived back in the 90’s. Every couple of weeks you could read in the papers about a big drug seizure. And stories were almost always the same.. Police pulled over a luxury car like a Lexus for speeding ( because of course if you had 50 pounds of weed in the trunk you’d be speeding.) Officers Seized the Lexus, the drugs and usually a briefcase full of cash. The driver was later released without charges.
      This went on for years…

      1. When I was 19 I worked at a bar and grill on 6th street in Austin. Next door there was a club run by a short little Arab guy named Akrim. Always had a harem of tightly dressed women around him. He had a racket going with our bar; he got the general manager hooked on crack and the bartenders started trading stolen booze for drugs.
        Around that time a friend of mine got busted with a bunch of coke by the DEA and they took his Mexican passport and turned him into an informant with what the DOJ calls a “J” visa. I never got busted cause for one, I didnt like coke, I just stuck to beer and weed. But I also had an instinct about people. A stranger offers me some free drugs and the hairs stick up on the back of my neck. “No thanks. Have fun.”
        As the years went by I watched all these low level pushers get busted while Akrim got milked for the money. And my friend turned informant (we’ll call him Al) went through one marriage after the other. Can’t tell the wife what he does at night for a living dodging bullets so the marriages don’t last too long. Sometimes dealers pull empty triggers to his head. One night he got spotted at a gas station and they filled his car full of lead. He survived, but he’s drinking like a fish. Im worried about him. He cant go back to Mexico, he’ll get killed. A J visa is effectively modern day gang-pressed slavery. The state department probably doesn’t even know Al exists.
        10 years went by before Akrim finally got put in prison. Not because the DEA “finally built a case” on him… they had enough evidence day one. Another bigger dealer moved into town. Time to get the milk machine going on a new ca$h cow.
        (to be continued…)

      2. And Al? He’s tried everything to get out… even joined the military. Every promise the DEA makes “just one more job and you can apply for residency.” But it’s just a dangling carrot. They’ll never let him go. He’s too good at what he does. He told his 3rd x wife the truth about what he does at night but it’s a little hard to get back together when youve got the car in the shop lookin like swiss cheese.
        So forget the Hollywood glamour of informants in movies like The Departed or even Goodfellas. Since the CSAct of 1970 the “mob” cartel IS the DOJ.

        There’s that scene in Scarface where the cop shakes down Tony Monatana. “You know how this works?” Realistic until the glamour kicks in and Tony shoots the cop. It makes good theater when Montana tells the cops bodyguard “You wanna job?” Manolo’s famous line, “Heeey, ju gotta a JOB main!” But then I think about my friend. Thats no job. Thats extortion. But then I guess a 2 hour movie about how depressing an informants life is while the DEA squeezes cash, drugs and weapons for years while their marriages go to hell doesnt sell a lot of popcorn. So we narrate a selective or “alternative” reality where the DEA agents are somehow the “good guys” while the “bad guys” mysteriously get away again. The villain has to survive for the sequel, right? Otherwise the DEA has to trap another informant and start all over again.
        For years, the DEA has even forced scripts on Hollywood. Ask Billy Crystal. Or the producers of “La Viuda Negra.” Cant tell the truth about the DEA or say marijuana is good in showbusiness. They’ll shut you down… So Again;

        …the CSAct and asset forfeiture turns law enforcement into the villains. That fact has never been made more clear than the Batman villains in Drumphfurer’s cabinet.

      3. Julian,

        An interesting and tragic story.

        I’ve got a cousin who I believe was a major MJ dealers in Las Cruces, NM. He’s been in and out of the pen, three times, I think. And I heard from other cousins that he was also an informant. (I believe he was involved in far more serious dealings, too, tho I won’t elaborate.)

        When those jackanape prohibitionists in Washington finally learn or admit that their very prohibitionist policies are keeping our country far more violent than it might otherwise be, we might finally get national legalization. ‘Course, we’d still have to tear a helluva lot of ’em away from their cash-cow milk teats.

  15. Sounds to me like Jeffery Sessions is way behind. Marijuana causing violence? More like calms people, and making them get along with others easier.

    The sativa sometimes stimulates a person to do things. Good things, like reading up my computer desk. Something it doesn’t do, if make me violent.

    Ever hear of people smoking a lot of pot, and then beating up their girl friend or wife? No.
    Drinking too much, and then beating someone up? Yes. Alcohol is legal, but has caused violence on many occasions. In fact, alcohol causes crime. It costs millions per year, and police resources.

    Alcohol causes crime.
    Marijuana nearly does the opposite. In many real ways, it actually prevents crime. About the worse effect of Marijuana is the laws. The laws are not preventing a thing. I have found needles around our place. There actually was one inside our apartment on the doorway of one of the open doorways.

    The opioid epidemic is getting worse. And cannabis doesn’t lead to Heroin. That was an old Harry J Anslinger lie to prevent change of law back then. Of course there wasn’t as many people back than supporting legalization. They were too apt to believe the myths and lies.
    People know the truth theses days, and know cannabis is not dangerous.

    Anyways, I believe it should be De-Scheduled completely, or just placed at the same level with alcohol. Regulate and tax it.

    My Two Pennies Worth.

  16. America, you made your bed last November, time to lie in it. America knew that Trump would be willfully ignorant on cannabis but through the electoral college embraced Trump anyways. Enjoy your 8 year drug war. Serves you right America.

    1. I think you meant 4 year drug war, right… If Trump is reelected in 2020,, I give up on this country… hell,,,, planet..

      1. I think you are right, it’ll last four years, and someone else will be elected. I just hope they do something right then.

      2. Need better people for him to run against. This last batch of Democrats were some of the worst choices that could have been made. They acted like egalitarianism could ever be anything other than being the antithesis of happiness. I like to earn what I keep and keep what I earn.

      3. “Egalitarianism” is not what’s wrong with Democrats, that’s retarded. People want to be free; primarily this means not getting “fucked over” by other people. But if you’re not equal, then you’re getting “fucked over” because getting “fucked over” is the natural consequence of inequality. And if you’re getting “fucked over,” then you’re certainly not free.

        Nature can and will kill us; there are viruses and asteroids that can leave us fucked forever. But we only get “fucked over” by other people. That’s why you’re wrong about equality. Our freedoms are threatened only by other people — it’s not the squirrels and the pigeons that threaten our freedoms; it’s not the sun or the moon or the stars that threaten our freedoms; it is other people that threaten our freedoms. It is precisely inequality between people that generates power, and then violence in order to protect that power.

        Money is what’s wrong with Democrats… they’re bought off. They sell their principles for cash. (Republicans can’t sell their principles, because they’re already demonic, and they don’t have any principles to sell. They wouldn’t know a principle if it sat down on their fucking head!)

        So actually, your “What’s mine is mine, and the hell with everyone else” attitude is part of the problem here.

      4. @ Bebo,
        “Egalitarianism” is not what’s wrong with Democrats, that’s retarded. People want to be free; primarily this means not getting “fucked over” by other people. But if you’re not equal, then you’re getting “fucked over” because getting “fucked over” is the natural consequence of inequality. And if you’re getting “fucked over,” then you’re certainly not free.

        Nature can and will kill us; there are viruses and asteroids that can leave us fucked forever. But we only get “fucked over” by other people. That’s why you’re wrong about equality. Our freedoms are threatened only by other people — it’s not the squirrels and the pigeons that threaten our freedoms; it’s not the sun or the moon or the stars that threaten our freedoms; it is other people that threaten our freedoms. It is precisely inequality between people that generates power, and then violence in order to protect that power.

        Money is what’s wrong with Democrats… they’re bought off. They sell their principles for cash. (Republicans can’t sell their principles, because they’re already demonic, and they don’t have any principles to sell. They wouldn’t know a principle if it sat down on their fucking head!)

        So actually, your “What’s mine is mine, and the hell with everyone else” attitude is part of the problem here.

    2. No, GOP voter supression made its bed;
      http://www.thebestdemocracymoneycanbuy.com

      The Crosscheck Program continues to knock out last names like Martinez, Jackson and Wong, who vote %90 Democratic, by using false equivalency and made up criminal records on remotely similar names from other states, according to evidence presented by investigative reporter Greg Pallast in the link above.
      When we add voter ID laws, gerrymandering and disproportionate mass crinalization of marijuana consumers who happen to have more melanin in their flesh, it all adds up to a stolen economy by billionaire GOP doners and Sherrif’s Associations who use asset forfeitures and racial profiling in order to hide legalized theft and acquisition of resources and property.
      And the GOP made their bed with every vote on voter supression, Sessions confirmation and their support pf Trumps fascist policies.
      So no, America does NOT deserve this. Click on the Act tab, visit your local representatives and lets fight for the freedom our ancestors bled for.

    1. Well there’s two ways to do that,,
      You can change the current congress’s mind..
      I’m guessing sometime around the establishment of the Third Unified Galactic Empire..
      Or
      You can change the membership of congress..
      I’m guessing
      Four More Years.

      1. 2018 Federal Congressional elections are more important than the Presidency. And state level legislators need contacting which we can do by clicking on the green Act tab on this webpage.

  17. “We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”
    Well yeah all that’s stuffs true..
    You send in a SWAT team on a family’s home in the middle of the night, throw a flash grenade in a baby’s crib,, that’s a lot more violence than one would think was necessary.. and yeah when you take property like cash cars and homes from private citizens without any burden of proof or due process,, I’d call that big money…
    The man speaks the truth.
    Gee,, I hope Trump leaves marijuana laws up to the states like he said he would… I mean, after all, would you expect any less from the ” least racist, most respectful of women,, blue collar president, ever elected, or whatever..

    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/02/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-address-to-congress/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_factchecker-1143pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.c79b27fffd8f

      Trump’s Congressional Speech:
      “We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross — and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.”

      Washington Post Fact Check Response:
      “The data are mixed on the amount of drugs coming through the borders. The amount of marijuana seized at the border continues to decline — probably a reflection of drug use in the United States, as more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. In fiscal 2016, 1.3 million pounds of marijuana were seized, down from 1.5 million the year before, and lower than the peak of nearly 4 million pounds in 2009, according to Customs and Border Protection data. The amount of cocaine seized at the borders overall in fiscal 2016 (5,473 pounds) was roughly half the amount seized the previous year (11,220 pounds).”

  18. this reminds me of the days when Nixon was in office. I guess they were right beside him. keep a nay list for the next election. I was so hoping I could legally get control of excreting spasms without taking a pill. More bad meds and more money for big pharm.

  19. I said it before and I’ll say it again.

    Jeff Sessions is a total loser. He is fake news. He uses alternative facts, shit he pulls out of his ass. Sessions, you are talking out your ass. Go to Colorado. Folks are going to be looking at you, and you can shake their hands and look them in the eye and tell them you’re going to axe their jobs. Really? Trump, the jobs prez–or not! Your jobs program is looking like paying for another war, by your actions and not words. You call that Arbeitspolitik? Sessions, you’re going to need to go out there, and come back convinced to let legalization proceed, even recommend it to the president himself. Hell, take Trump with you, and share some weed, because you really need the expanded state of mind to look at yourselves from outside the political fish bowl and its echo chambers. Put on some Pearl Jam and think about how to avoid fucking up things.

    http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/03/01/colorado-attorney-general-jeff-sessions-cynthia-coffman/74644/

  20. Anslinger redux? I thought even he had to reverse himself on that–largely thanks to Mayor LaGuardia’s independent investigation.

    Instead of inducing violence, the real problem was that it induced passivity!

    Is this a cyclic thing? The lies change from decade to decade; the idiocy of the Anslingerites remains constant.

  21. Police Unions are behind the phony statistics. Yet another reason to ban public sector unions. Maybe if we stop focusing only on Marijuana and push really hard on Industrialized Cannabis we can show that there’s a lot more to Cannabis than just getting high. Also it looks the same to a helicopter. Really we should be able to grow in our yard even in inner cities. Prohibition makes as much sense as a marriage license in a free country, it doesn’t.

  22. I know of one Congress critter that won’t vote for this; the despicable tea party, small/limited government, except when it comes to cannabis, Republican Andy Harris. He’s the main reason D.C. has not been able to regulate cannabis. It’s my hope that this POS is ousted, with other anti cannabis R’s, in 2018.

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