Eric Holder: Attorney General Sessions “Almost Obsessed With Marijuana”

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder Photo by Ryan Johnson

In recent remarks at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about current Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ views on marijuana, saying “The Sessions almost obsession with marijuana I think is the thing that’s put the Justice Department in this strange place,” in regards to potential changes in current policy held up by what is known as The Cole Memo.

Authored by US Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013 to US attorneys in all 50 states, the memo directs prosecutors not to interfere with state legalization efforts and those licensed to engage in the plant’s production and sale, provided that such persons do not engage in marijuana sales to minors or divert the product to states that have not legalized its use, among other guidelines.

Despite Holder’s comments, he took no action while he had the power as the Attorney General to deschedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

Jeff Sessions has a long history of advocating for the failed policies of the “Just Say No” era — policies that resulted in the arrests of millions of otherwise law-abiding citizens who possessed personal use amounts of marijuana.

This comes as Congress is currently debating the extension of federal protections for the 30 state lawful medical marijuana programs and the 16 state lawful limited CBD access programs, know as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

At a time when the majority of states now regulate marijuana use, and where six out of ten votes endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or cultural perspective to try to put this genie back in the bottle. It is high time that members of Congress take action to comport federal law with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status.

Take action to contact your federal lawmakers and urge them to support the descheduling of marijuana to prevent Jeff Sessions from implementing a crack-down on marijuana consumers. 

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  1. Hypothetical question: Would it be a crime to offer Jeff Sessions a legal, THC-infused cookie? Or maybe just place a tray of cookies, nearby, and easily available? Just wondering.

    1. thats right-poison Jeff Sessions like the legions of others u are poisoning.
      Dance on his grave u idiot-but I’m sure someone will be sad about your overdose death long before Sessions is dead.
      anytime someone calls someone else an idiot,as unthinking leftists do constantly, maybe they should be looking more deeply at the issue
      Grieving Mother

      1. Well, Jane, I read Dain Bramage’s sentences for the word “idiot” twice and could not locate it. . . . So, it seems you are railing about something that doesn’t exist. In fact, the only one I see using the word “idiot” is you. Since you are obviously convinced, erroneously, that one can overdose from a THC-infused cookie, maybe you should be “looking more deeply at the issue.”

        PS, Jane, Dain wasn’t suggesting we kill Sessions, but instead that we give him a brain laxative, you know, to unclog all the backup, all the years of stank.

      2. No one has ever been harmed by consumption of cannabis, so don’t give me that ‘grieving mother’ bologna, you are a paid internet troll working for the giant chemical companies who do actually poison us.

      3. Sorry for your loss, but one thing is sure you can’t die from Cannabis, no matter how much is consumed.

      4. Jane: Sorry you are grieveing, but I’ll be goddamned if I will sit back and allow you and that morally repugnant goon Jeff Sessions scapegoat cannabis. Hell no!

      5. in high school I had a friend who tried to commit suicide with marijuana. like seriously. His family was having some problems, and suffered from depression when he decided to end his life. He smoked a ton of weed and fell asleep, he woke up the next morning with a hangover.

        Not really sure what you’re grieving over, but I am pretty sure it wasn’t a marijuana overdose. Because it’s simply not possible.

      6. That’s sad. Hope your friend has a sense of humor. A suicide fail has gotta be rough. What gave him tje idea that weed would do it?
        BTW, the hangover wasn’t from marijuana. If he put a gas mask on and cut off the oxygen he could have gotten light headed or dehydrated attempting to asphyxiate but hangovers are from alcohol. Perhaps the weed put him to sleep before he could have really overdosed on alcohol?

      7. You had mentioned that you are grieving.
        I assume you had a reason for mentioning that.
        But you did not tell us about it at all, instead you went on and on – something about idiot liberals poisoning smart conservatives.
        I am not calling you a liar, at all, I am only reminding you that maybe you meant to tell us something which you forgot to tell us.

  2. But, but, Drumpf said he was gonna drain the swamp. He didn’t tell us he was gonna refill it with complete vermin. Sessions should return to his little rat cave somewhere in the hills of Alabama.

    I tried to call one of my State Senators, Gerald Ortiz Y Pino today, in regard to the latest MJ legalization attempts, but was unable to reach him (or any other State Legislature–kept hearing faint crackling sound on all the phone numbers). NORML editors, if you know of some alternative numbers for NM state legislators, I’d appreciate them.

    I will try to make calls to my Fed Reps this week.

    The last time I contacted the offices of Senators Udall and Heinrich, the office persons assured me that both supported legalization. NM Representative Michelle Lujan-Grisham’s office also told me that. She will be running for NM Governor next year. They are all Democrats.

    (I just went to the NOMRL congressional scorecards, and was surprised to see that Udall or Heinrich didn’t specifically support Rec Legalization–they’ll definitely get another call from me.)

    The office of Steve Pearce, GOP Senator, said that he opposes legalization (in virtually every form). He’s also running for Governor next year.

    To those who get tired of me ragging on Republicans on the issue of MJ legalization, don’t get mad at me, get mad at your GOP Senators and Reps who obviously don’t give a crap about your wishes.

    1. You can make it a Republican thing if you want but, it was the democrats that made CBD oil (even made from hemp) illegal one month before trump took office. The Dems lost everything and were promised to be bankrolled by the Pharm-Cartel in their next run at President, if they made it ALL illegal. (BOTH sides are bought and paid for by drug companies…both sides.) OBAMA is the guy that made it illegal. Remember that when you’re spouting nonsense.
      Instead of the original DEA filings, I’ll give you something you can better understand.
      https://hightimes.com/news/dea-quietly-classifies-cbd-oil-as-schedule-1-drug/

      1. “I was there,”
        …while I agree with you wholeheartedly that both Democan’ts and Republican’ts are both purchased out by big pharma, you then contradict yourself by attacking Evening Bud and Democrats stating they made it “all illegal.”
        If your read your own link to High Times lawyers talk about how the DEA’s move to rewrite the Controlled Substance Act and prohibit all “marijuana extracts” including all cannabinoids not just CBD… is an illegal overeach of executive authority. The DEA scheduled CBD last year, and the Congress you speak of being responsible was in session back in 1970 when the Controlled Substances Act was written.

        Overall, a quick look at the NORML Congressional scorecard:
        http://www.norml.org/congressional-scorecard
        …Tells us the Dems are far more favorable to marijuana reform than Republicans. This is true at the state level as well. Ultimately we will have to support candidates who don’t take PAC money or Big Pharma venom like Beto Orourke running for Senate against Ted Cruz here in Texas;
        http://www.betofortexas.com

      2. @ I was there,

        It IS a Republican thing. There are Dems who are prohibitionist assholes–I try to point that out now and then. But I challenge you to find ONE state where GOPers are better on the MJ issue than Dems. Give me ONE, I Was There.

        BTW, the GOP has full control of the Federal Govt right now–do you see any legalization legislation coming out of the House? Why aren’t you demanding they take up the issue?

  3. There have been many studies and published reports documenting the positive medical benefits of medical cannabis for various medical conditions. Why is cannabis still listed as a schedule 1 drug given the following excerpt? “The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.”

  4. There is a simple reform that we can present to our federal lawmakers. While this reform does not de-schedule marijuana itself, it will de-schedule the versatile cannabis plant (a.k.a. the marijuana plant, a.k.a. the hemp plant). It might even shame the marijuana prohibitionists by exposing their enduring “Big Lie”:

    The term “marijuana” means all parts of the smoke produced by the combustion of the plant Cannabis sativa L. which is, as are the viable seeds of such plant, prohibited to be grown by or sold by any publicly traded corporation or subsidiary company.

    1. Year-bait, youre like one of those punching dolls keeps comin back. The only “Big Lie” here is by vaguely claiming the unsmoked parts of cannabis can be descheduled while the ulterior motive of this language is for Big Pharma to promote patented FDA approved synthetics while people like myself who enjoy “combusting” my cannabis keep going to jail. Something similar to whats already happening in Florida, New York and Arkansas, aint that right Year-bait?

      You want to understand the language of the legislative process read my post on Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing:

      https://law.justia.com/cases/massachusetts/supreme-court/2017/sjc-12226.html

      Otherwise, before you go writin your Senator with this bologna, like I’ve told you before, it’s like Einstein said it; “If you can’t explain it to a Four-year-old you don’t understand it yourself.”

      So when it comes to complicated subjects like making whole plant cannabis open source;
      Here is something even a four year old can understand;

      Free the Weed for those in Need.

      1. Hey Julian! It just occurred to me that the federal term “marijuana” is probably the first use of, and likely the most enduring use of, Newspeak.

        (Newspeak – noun – (sometimes initial capital letter) an official or semiofficial style of writing or saying one thing in the guise of its opposite, especially in order to serve a political or ideological cause while pretending to be objective…)

        Making the meaning of that term specific will change the newspeak term into a real term that can be rescheduled.

        “Its all about the semantics.”

      2. Is “rescheduling” and keeping minorities, sick and poor people in jail for consuming marijuana just because they smoke it instead of “descheduling” marijuana and making it open source once and for all just “semantics” for you? Have you ever gone to jail or prison for possession of marijuana Year-bait?

      3. After reading the document in your link above, several questions come to mind:

        1. Mass. voters approved medical marijuana. Were they specifying that cannabis should be smoked, or were they just adopting the newspeak use of that term? Would “medical cannabis” not be more encompassing, or be less valid?

        2. The plaintiff used medical marijuana. Does that assume that she smoked it? Would it not be better to say that the patient medically used the cannabinoids from cannabis?

        3. The plaintiff’s doctor certified that she could use medical marijuana to treat her illness. Would it not be better for the doctor to certify that she could medically use the cannabinoids from cannabis, and perhaps advise that she not smoke it?

        4. The plaintiff tested positive for marijuana. Does that mean the drug test indicated that smoke was in her urine sample? Would it not be better to say that the test indicated cannabinoid metabolites?

        5. The patient fought to regain her constitutional right to medically use the cannabinoids from cannabis. Would the specification that marijuana is controlled cannabis smoke not restore that right, and diminish the employer’s per se claim of violating federal marijuana law?

        6. Congress characterizes marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. Would a determination that the meaning of the term marijuana is controlled cannabis smoke not conflict with the absurdity of the characterization that marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug? Might it cause the adoption of the less absurd alternate characterization that marijuana is a Schedule 1 “other substance”, and might that lead to the rescheduling/decriminalization of that specified substance?

        Regarding your question about marijuana possession. No, but I support your efforts to end people’s incarceration for that. Would the specification that marijuana is controlled cannabis smoke not reduce the frequency of that cause for incarceration of minorities, sick and poor people?

      4. Jesus Yearbait, youre contradicting yourself all over the place!

        “Would it not be better for the doctor to certify that she could medically use the cannabinoids from cannabis, and perhaps advise that she not smoke it?”

        …No. advise me when smoking marijuana is legal.
        Then we’ll discuss advise.

        “Would the specification that marijuana is controlled cannabis smoke not restore that right…”
        Fuck no Year bait, that’s why the “smoke” of cannabis is A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE!!!”

        Auggghh… you know what? Fuckit. I’m done with you. Read the law and leave cannabis smokers ALONE!

  5. All the work we have done, especially on the east coast. Where recreational marijuana is going to be legal in 2018 and this ONE GUY is able to decide to wipe out all we have done and dictate to us and say NO! You don’t have the right!

    I say NO WAY! This is the final line we draw.. We decided, our states decided… One man does not have the power to wipe it all away!

  6. The same guy who raided/seized/prosecuted 10 times the number of MMJ patients/caregivers/dispensaries as gwbush after the administration SCAMpaigned to being ‘kind’ to MMJ states says what?

    The guy who sold Mexican drug gangs guns that were used to kill Americans?

  7. For fuck’s sake THANK YOU Justin for linking the Cole Memos. Do you know where I’m at with this false comparison between Trump and Obama legalizing marijuana bull$#!+?
    Anybody who thinks “Obama didn’t do enough” for marijuana legalization compared to this piece of $#!+ -$#ow-Trump-chump and never read the motherfu€kin Cole memos much less the Constitution… Please allow me to introduce you to this great stand up from our good friend Louis CK;
    http://youtu.be/VOwjtNEoRYg
    Ok, you might have to skip to the end. But the point is
    (Justin, Miles and Mark… not naming any names for people who believe Obama “didn’t do enough” to legalize marijuana…oh so sorry he didn’t deschedule…” Guess what? Years ago I was THERE! But I got the joke! …Many years ago! The joke comes through from Louis CK to me defending Obama like when “no one is understanding what my friend is going through,” because…

    WITHOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNING THE COLE MEMOS WE WOULD NOT HAVE STATE MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION!!!

    Look, Miles; this is you last year;

    “Miles says:
    December 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm
    I have been trying real hard to be optimistic. Lately, since finding out that Trump won the election, I have to admit find it to be exceedingly difficult.”

    How do you feel NOW?!
    How in the fu€k do you feel NOW Brother? Certainly theres no comparison? Between Obama and Trump? Or between Obama and McCain? Or Mitt fucking Romney?!! Really?!!

    1. Thank you to all those who fight against the catastrophe known as cannabis prohibition.

      It is still my opinion that Obama gets too much credit for not doing enough. Yet I have debated bitter pot-smoking Obama haters in Obama’s favor, citing such things as the Cole Memo, and Obama’s attempts to move away from the reliance on the private prison industry.

      I sure as hell didn’t vote Trump. Early last year I left the GOP because of Sessions joining Trump’s team. Yes, that was the last straw.

      As a politically independent medical MJ user, I watched the Democrat (Superdelegates Aren’t Democratic) Party condescendingly dangle moving MJ to Schedule II to get Hillary votes. That was a BS move by the party. And it backfired. They’re coming around now, but it’s because of political opportunity…not because it’s the morally and Constitutionally right thing to do.

      1. Rocky, glad to see that you are enlightened. The GOP has to evolve, and wean itself from those Pharma bucks. There are of course Dems who have to as well, but they are definitely fewer.

      2. I believe it was political opportunity that got Cannabis on the list in the first place, they knew then there is nothing wrong with cannabis and they know it now as well, they are just trying to push the opportunities as far as they can. I like say it is the must abused political tool in America . So yeh they are correct in saying it has a chance of being abused , by the government !!

    2. Full disclosure I was 8 beers down in about 2 hours when I wrote that. Sorry for the profanity… its just so easy to be angry. If we could only channel that energy into contacting our Reps and Senators…

    3. Wow, not to evade the question, but I looked at the video, didn’t get anything about marijuana, lotta n-words… Are you sure you linked to the right video?

      1. Lol… hence the beer without marijuana influence… bare with me… The allusion I was making was that Ive been saying on this blog for 2 years now since our fu€king moron-in-Chief started his campaign;

        President Obama saved state marijuana legalization by signing the Cole memos. Furthermore, he saved us again by not descheduling marijuana by executive order before gambling on the next President overturning his orders or worse, allowing a Federal court to block state legalization using the supremacy clause through some Republican’t lawsuit before legislatively enacted legalization could occur, which arguably did not happen until this year in Massachussetts.
        But no one seemed to get or understand what I was saying. Perhaps I should have taken my own advice to Year-bait and spoken like a 4-year-old. I don’t know. But I started to feel like Louis CK’s cousin at Thanksgiving telling everybody the story about how bad he felt when his brother made fun of n___ Jim for falling asleep at the forklift. His cousin hated that everyone in his family was racist. But every time anyone told the story about n___ Jim, even a black comedian writer and a Greek guy were like “How does a n____ fall asleep at the forklift?” Totally missing the point of how racist this guy’s family was. (The joke is towards the end half of the link).

        All I’m trying to say is Obama did good stopping the DOJ from cracking down on state marijuana legalization without making a direct order that would have either been overturned by the orange menace or caused a federal lawsuit that ended Colorado and Washington’s mj initiatives before they even had a chance to make revenue. But no one understands me just like Louis CKs cousin. All I get is afterwords is “Yeah, but Obama could have rescheduled.” Yeah, like, Obama was only President of Harvard Law, what the fu€k does he know? Now Trump? He made Trump University! He aint asleep at the wheel! (@$*%!!)

      2. @ Julian,
        Okay, I think I am catching up with you. I didn’t care for the video of the stand up act personally, but I get that you are, or were, frustrated because you couldn’t seem to get your point across.
        So, on that point, let me take a whack at it: you are asserting that, somewhat paradoxically, the Cole memo was actually better for us, strategically, than descheduling would have been, because it enabled de facto, partial, legalization, which yielded real-world data needed to debunk reefer madness, while at the same time, avoiding the legal risks of challenges to executive orders signed by President Obama. That was some three-dimensional chess that Obama played to win.

        Am I hearing you now? Is that close, or am I still missing your point?

      3. YES!!! You GOT it! Somebody give this man some free tickets to the next NORML legal seminar in Aspen!
        Whew! I really need to find another way to express this point in writing. Agreed, Louis CK’s offensive joke might not be the best allusion, but oh well, I laughed.

        The good news is now that state legislatures are modifying voter initiatives, to use your 3 dimensional chess analogy, they keep falling into a Queen’s Gambit… state legislatures are so greedy for Big Pharma’s off shore tax havens and campaign donations they just HAVE to delay marijuana initiatives… (hint to prohibition: that’s STILL legislatively enacted legalization) …so they take the bishop’s pawn and lose control of the center of the board… Massachusetts and Florida, by legislatively delaying voter initiatives in a way legalized marijuana in the view of Federal judges. Federal judges use legislatively enacted law to guide their decisions. A majority of states have legal mmj through initiative but only a few have partial legal mmj legislatively through amendments and revisions. That’s why Kevin Sabet at Project SAM dumped all his attention on Vermont Republicans to keep them from legalizing this year. Vermont was poised to be the first legislatively enacted legalization in the U.S. Sabet knows that’s a major threat to prohibition.
        The decision of the Mass SJC in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales in Marketing that slapped the supremacy clause out of the marijuana reform park was a game changer that allows the President more wiggle room to deschedule. Just maybe not THIS “President.”

      4. Julian, thanks for spelling out that info about Project SAM. Though I remember the situation regarding Vermont and its process of legalization, I’d forgotten it of late. This explains why Project SAM is fighting it so hard.

  8. I fully intend to dance on Jeff Sessions grave when he dies. It will be a happy dance! He is a total disgrace to our nation with his backward, authoritarian, racist views.

    It is astounding, and disturbing, that someone so willfully ignorant and uncaring about the people he is supposed to serve could rise to be in such a powerful position. He does not deserve it. He deserves to be a street beggar!

  9. Can Sessions please get a horrible case of cancer, loose massive amounts of weight and then get treated traditionally …all the while getting Zero access to marijuana! He deserves a hell like no other since he has placed so many in so many other hellish positions!

    1. That would definitely be karma. Speaking of karma, it was fun watching the Keebler Elf squirming during the Senate hearings today. Kept talking about how “unfair” Franken’s characterizations were. The Elf flat-out lied during his confirmation hearing, and now protests at “unfair” characterizations. (Kinda like his unfair characterizations linking legalized pot to the opioid crisis.)

  10. Ok, now that I vented, and since this blog does help educate people about the Cole memo which clearly the majority of Americans and marijuana activists either never read or understood, you all have every right to be angry at Obama for “not descheduling.”
    In fact as I looked back on old posts (for facts to burn ya’ll with… nothin personal, but research is what I do…) I ended up fact checking myself. I was reminded on a post from a couple years ago that I had a crescendo of hope Obama would deschedule during his lame duck session. Ahh.. such high hopes for a stoner activist.
    Is it me or does anything before Trump took office seem like a different century ago? I cant even watch a YouTube video from more than 8 months ago because I just get angry at people.,, “Look at all these stupid, innocent people!” (Self included). “What ignorant, ignorant bliss they live in.”
    I even knew about the voter caging in the Republican Crosscheck program and I still foolishly thought Hillary was gonna win. And look at me now? Yelling at my television is the new NORML.
    So who am I to chastize ya’ll for being angry at Obama for not descheduling marijuana? We’re all angry… but we just can’t allow our anger to impede our clinical judgement… or our ability to read and research facts like the Cole memo. Because without that… research… we’re not marijuana activists trying to educate and arm our Congress with wisdom… we’re just angry Trump Chumps.

    1. It’s a plausible proposition to argue that the Cole Memo represents the best that was politically possible at the time it was implemented, given the hostility the Republicans have to all things associated with President Obama. And we, the marijuana community, made astonishing progress under those terms. That makes President Obama a hero.

      And naturally, comparing anyone to Trump makes that person look like a saint in comparison. So fuck that jagoff.

      But we can all agree, I think, that we want and need more. We all just want marijuana legalized, so that we are no longer hanging by that thread, the Cole Memo, that President Obama so skillfully and strategically ran through the needle.

      1. Oh $#!+, here I go with 8 beers within two hours again… it’s like an episode of Drunken History… “The Cole Memos of Obama!” … just dont forget the other two branches of government on our side; the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment we need to use the Act button on this webpage to defend the legislative branch and donate to Democrats so more Democratic Federal Judges can make decisions like Barbuto vs. Advantage Sales & Marketing in the Judicial branch.

      2. I’ll give you this Dain Bramage… President Obama could have acknowledged the 2015 JAMA report that showed a reduction in opiate suicide and overdose in states with legalized marijuana instead of pretending not to know what was in the Marino Bill that he signed. Dems and Repubs alike are killing Americans for profit. At some point we have to ask ourselves if it’s not solely the consumer but our Politicians that have a responsibility for making deadly synthetics less available while whole plant medicine must be made more available.
        This is why I’m backing Beto O’rourke for Senate here in Texas. Until our candidates reject PAC money or reject $ Big Pharma we have no use for them because they will only vote to kill us for profit.

    2. Julian,

      The problem is that most Trump Chumps are still Trump Chumps, at least the ones I personally know. They always find a way to excuse every move he makes. Of course, very high on their excuse list, conveniently, is the “fake news” argument.

      I stopped being a fan of the American press decades ago, so I get that. But with them, NO facts can ever be believed, however factual.

      PS–tho I said all Trump Chumps are still “true believers,” I have to say that my Fox-watching mother-in-law has stopped defending The Prince of Orange.

      1. BTW, since you mentioned your mother-in-law, I know you’re Evening Bud, despite the “anonymous” title. 🙂
        I’m more of a “morning bud” myself bro, but our cause is the same! 😉

  11. Holder had a narrow window of opportunity to push forth a much more progressive criminal justice reform platform; including, but not limited to, de-scheduling marijuana; and, exempting and sealing criminal history records from disclosure (to all but law enforcement and government agencies with a need-to-know) after a pre-determined amount of time has transpired (e.g., 3 years for misdemeanors, 10 years for felonies). Except for some palliative reforms seasoned with liberal (no pun intended) doses of lip service relative to sentencing, he actually accomplished very little that has had a lasting impact. Hence the void leprechaun boy a/k/a Bull-regard Sessions has filled to our collective dismay…

  12. This needs to happen sooner rather then later . Narrow is the mind of Jeff sessions !!!! So many patients out there suffering because of one mans idiocracy !!

  13. “Despite Holder’s comments, he took no action while he had the power as the Attorney General to de-schedule marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.”

    Abridged can mean “took no action while he had the power”. Congress shall make no law …abridging … the right of the people … to petition the Government for a redress of grievances (Amendment 1).

    Compulsory process means the opposite of “took no action while he had the power”. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right …to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor (Amendment 6).

  14. The case of Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing has not received the attention of the full Supreme Court, as it was decided in an SJC court in Mass., but its ramifications on marijuana policy as it pertains to the Supremacy Clause and patient’s rights under drug test employment are profound.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/petervickery.com/2017/07/17/marijuana-respect-for-voters-trumps-supremacy-clause/amp/

    I was digging up this case to explain why President Obama may have hesitated on descheduling marijuana at the end of his term, which would have been overturned by the anti-Obama-in-Chief or even by the Supreme Court. (But then Obama was President of Harvard Law so what does he know?)
    Here is the recent decision from the court;

    “To declare an accommodation for medical marijuana to be per se unreasonable out of respect for the Federal law would not be respectful of the recognition of Massachusetts voters, shared by the legislatures or voters in the vast majority of States, that marijuana has an accepted medical use for some patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions.”

    In other words, the court decided that a majority of states with mmj law, and more specifically legislatively enacted law, trumps Trump and the Supremacy clause. The Cole memos and the Rohrabacher Blumenauer amendment kinda seal the deal.

    But Massachussets legalized through voter initiative?

    One explanation is that the Mass legislature desperately wanted to amend or at least delay the initiative. Eventually an agreement was made legislatively… in other words, the state legislature was so desperate to curb legalization in Mass the prohibitionists didnt realize they were giving legalization exactly what we were missing… the judges recognized the legislative action as the missing ingredient to “supreme” the supremacy clause.
    And since this landmark decision didnt happen while Obama was in office, we oughtta thank him for not descheduling marijuana.

  15. But if marijuana has no medical benefits then why is big pharma making fake marijuana pills, like Marisol to mimic the medical benefits, if it has no medical benefit?!?!

  16. Grieving mother, so sorry for your loss. I have been involved smoking weed for 40 plus years, my family was in education and law enforcement, I guess you could say I was the other one.. diebeties killed my parents and all four my grandparents.. I was the other one. I have no trace of diebeties. Weed does not kill. I have smoked the gift of god for life.. sorry for your loss…. the other one

  17. I am ashamed that Mr Sessions was previously a representative of Alabama. He is to simple minded to be in office.

    1. And I suspect Sessions has never personally known a pot smoker. I can’t help but believe that the closest he ever got was watching “Reefer Madness” in high school.

  18. He must broaden his thinking to consider all people, not just the stuffy Bible belt type typically associated with most of Alabama.

  19. Sessions supports pedophiles and incest rings that exist all over America. Marijuana helps victims forget and maintain a little sanity. Sessions wants to make pedophile victims die in institutions remembering every last moment of the unthinkable. I don’t believe how my little brother died according to my mom for example- of course the police did.

  20. Screw Jeff Sessions and the people that voted for Trump. Because of your thoughtless and selfish actions, cannabis freedom hangs in the balance. Even hell is to good a place for the likes of you.

  21. how is this democracy if only 1 person is allowed to rule, and every one else has to do what he says. SOMETHING REALLY WRONG WITH THIS!what does he think he is Hitler, GOD, or king? Is there a march on Washington coming?

  22. we have to bare with it until all this stink is out of office,s. I can,t wait for the next election. we must vote the out.

  23. The idea hasn’t been lost on me that framing President Obama as someone who “didn’t deschedule marijuana” (even if that would have ended in disaster while he was in office), is a strategy to influence the Moron-in-Chief to deschedule since he is clearly obsessed with doing the opposite of anything Obama ever did… or possibly didn’t do.

    I’m not sure our Finasteride-saturated psychotic with the nuclear codes has the mental capacity to hold two opposing thoughts in his head. He’s more “focused” (if there is such a thing for him) on reversing what Obama has done, not so much doing what Obama hasn’t done.

    In fact when Sessions found out the DOJ couldn’t afford to reverse the Cole memos I think it pissed the rotten orange off that the Keebler Elf didn’t reverse them; Anger overflowed since Ol Foghorn Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation. If that didn’t piss the make-up off our evil genius-of-golf-score-IQ, firing AG Keebler-Leghorn would upset his base. What’s an unstable sociopath who still thinks he’s on campaign to do?

    Besides, to influence Drumph by elevating a small voice from his racist Russia-bot base that “Obama chose not to deschedule marijuana,” we’d have to buy ads on Fakebook or Fox & Putin.

    And can a marijuana activist be racist?

    Our President is racist, clinically unstable, incompetant and incapable of even following an evil Batman villain billionaire’s orders. His cabinet is already forming a suicide pact to depose him.

    The most racist of the basist know how well marijuana prohibition has worked to allow one racist group to aquire the properties of a minority. And racist propaganda is ALWAYS about the acquisition of a minority’s property. Drumph’s biggest debtor-donor, Putin, who funds the alt-right, knows this well.

    It’s up to us to make Congress and the Courts fix prohibition, at least until Pence is no longer President.

  24. Here’s how, while president, to look like you did a great thing for the cannabis industry even though the only entity you really help is big pharma, alcohol, tobacco, and DEA. Appoint a total bonkjuice brain for attorney general, let him spout off his offensive letch water for as long as possible, then at the last minute fire him. You will be suddenly carried on the shoulders of all pro cannabis people for slaying the evil dankless demon…such a hero you will be.

  25. I’m not a fan of Sessions and I voted for his boss.He needs to be replaced and protections of state run programs extended indefinitely.

    1. @wounded: Thank you for supporting the drug war. Hope you are satisfied. You own this drug war and you Trumpsters own Sessions. You can’t be free of it.

      1. A hole those of us who voted Trump didn’t vote for the Drug war. Trump either lied or duped those of us who did by making it sound like he was for legalization.
        Sessions is a tool a dull one at that But Holder was a tyrant and Treasonous in his Fast and furious crap so….
        He’s also a hypocrite who championed against the second amendment while in College used guns to host a protest himself.
        We need to stop this replace one thing for another crap that we keep getting when voting.
        Hitlary Wouldn’t of taken marijuana off the list as much as she said she would, and still would of screwed this country way more than what it is now.
        With what we seen in the Republicans winning the house and senate wasn’t for Trump it was against Hitlary.
        Just vote for common sense people who don’t have progressive agendas or Fascist ones in 2018 maybe libertarians or independents Not democraps or other Fascist Republicans but those who know what the forefather fought and died for. Send a message to Trump that while he won the people didn’t actually support all his agenda, that would tell him what we want.

      2. Oh bull$#!+. Hillary would have at least read what was in a health care bill before making executive orders to destroy our economy. Take your rotten old false comparisons on down to the dumps where they belong.
        Trump began his campaign echoing Harry Anslinger blaming Mexicans for our made to fail drig policy and that didn’t raise a red flag for you? And what libertarian were we supposed to put the tin hat on and vote for? Gary Johnson? Please. Air head still lookin for Aleppo and yet he was gonna legalize?
        Just read the Congressional scorecard and getto callin if you really want to help legalize;
        http://www.norml.org/congressional-scorecard

    2. @wounded yeah but don’t’ just vote for liberal stupid progressives who want to socialize this country into oblivion either, but vote for common sense people who support the Constitution and not Agendas.
      I voted Trump too but only for the second amendment and the Supreme court nominee not this Sessions crap.
      What Trump and his core don’t get is that we didn’t vote in Republicans so he could just screw stuff up, but most thought Hitlary was going to win, a Republican Majority in the house and Senate was a sure way to block most of what she wanted.
      It back fired and Trump won so in 18 we need to send a new message to Trump! We didn’t vote for your agenda it was more a vote against Hitlary.
      Libertarians or Independents who don’t hold to Progressive or Fascist thinking is what we need.
      Tired of the snowflakes who need safe spaces, and the ass hat hypocrites who espouse liberty as long as it serves their purpose, and then turning into lock step Fascists as soon as they get power running/Ruining this country.

  26. Sessions needs to worry about things that hurt people rather than his personal pride. Opoid abuse kills over 33000 Americans per year.

  27. Holder Lol Mr. fast and furious? and a one time person who used firearms to host a protest. I laugh. I agree with what he said about Sessions though but still a Hypocrite and Criminal if there ever was one.
    Holders nothing but Treasonous. Sessions nothing but Treasonous so….

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