Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Crackdown On State-Legal Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice’s hands-off policy towards state-legal marijuana.


“By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the ‘Just Say No’ and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people overwhelmingly support the legalization of marijuana and oppose federal intervention in state marijuana laws by an even wider margin. This move by the Attorney General will prove not just to be a disaster from a policy perspective, but from a political one. The American people will not just sit idly by while he upends all the progress that has been made in dialing back the mass incarceration fueled by marijuana arrests and destabilizes an industry that is now responsible for over 150,000 jobs. Ending our disgraceful war on marijuana is the will of the people and the Trump Administration can expect severe backlash for opposing it,” said Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director.

The Cole Memo, a Justice Department memorandum, authored by former US Deputy Attorney General James Cole in 2013 to US attorneys in all 50 states, 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.

During a Q and A with reporters in Richmond, VA in March of 2017, Jeff Sessions said, “The Cole Memorandum set up some policies under President Obama’s Department of Justice about how cases should be selected in those states and what would be appropriate for federal prosecution, much of which I think is valid,”

Additionally in 2017, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) issued a letter to the new U.S. Attorney General and to Secretary of Treasury Mnuchin calling on them to uphold the largely ‘hands off’ policies toward marijuana legalization, as outlined in the Cole Memo. “Overhauling the Cole Memo is sure to produce unintended and harmful consequences,” the governors wrote. “Changes that hurt the regulated market would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states.”

Currently, medical marijuana protections are still in effect, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice. The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

“At a time when the majority of states now are regulating marijuana use in some form, and when nearly two-thirds of voters endorse legalizing the plant’s use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or moral perspective for Attorney General Sessions to take this step” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “It is time that members of Congress take action to comport federal law with majority public opinion and to end the needless criminalization of marijuana — a policy failure that encroaches upon civil liberties, engenders disrespect for the law, and disproportionately impacts communities of color.”

“If the Trump administration goes through with a crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana, they will be taking billions of dollars away from regulated, state-sanctioned businesses and putting that money back into the hands of drug cartels,” Strekal concluded.

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  1. This is the end result of morons electing a traitorous, idiotic, nutcase Russian mafioso as illegitmate president.

    Thanks Deplorbales, and those too lazy to vote otherwise.

    1. No, this is a tyrant attorney General who Is about to become the nations first Jack Ass Mascot for our nation . the problems he will creat will undoubtedly back fire to the point where the american people will demand he be terminated from his assinine possition. this Idiot thinks he can just go state to state and arrest and close shut it all down that easy ,NOT, some states have stated that they will not allow the utiliztion of any state officer or police man to assist in that pocess , so he better come with enough feds to take on each states armed Malitia because each state has its own laws and has inacted the abilities to protect its people from such a tyrant fedreal government . but this dune ass will learn the hard way its what the people say! believe that .

      1. @ mark,
        No. Trump is supporting this. This is all Trump’s fault, and it is Trump who will pay for it. Sessions does Trump’s will, that’s why he’s there.

      2. What? Are all you dumbasses twelve? Sessions is doing his job. Just like a cop or a nurse. Think before you type. Change the law!! H.R. 1227 and H.R. 2020. By changing the law, the little man is powerless.

        Because you’re twelve, use your youthful energy and motivate a caucus to get the lazy politicians to do their jobs and CHANGE THE LAW!!

        H.R. 1227 & 2020.

    2. Thank Obama for not taking MJ off the schedule and laughing it off as an issue when he was POTUS.

      1. If it wasn’t for Obama signing the Cole memos we wouldnt have any legalized marijuana in any states, you impudent troll.

      2. 1. The Cole Memo, directs prosecutors not to interfere with state legalization efforts,
        provided that the product is not diverted to the black market;

        the prohibitionist efforts of Jeff Sessions,
        WILL divert Marijuana into the black market;
        he can be arrested, tried, and imprisoned, for that.

        2. the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, maintains that federal funds cannot be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

        WHAT IF,
        they self-fund ????
        like they did with ‘iran-contra’ ???????

        3. “It is time to take action to comport federal law,
        with majority public opinion.”


        is SO true,

        for SO MANY issues…….


        may be our LAST CHANCE !!

        will we be free states ???

        will we be free people ???

        or will we be slaves,
        to a giant federal buracracy,
        with UNLIMITED POWERS,
        doing the EXACT opposite of our will ??

        is the time,
        to go beyond a ‘single issue’…

        is the time,
        to take on ‘federal supremecy’.

        the federal government DID NOT create the states;

        the states,
        created the federal government,
        to do OUR BIDDING….

        if all 50 states,

        said that the federal government,
        was no longer was promoting their best interests,


        and that the federal government,
        NULL AND VOID ????


        NO POWER…

        OVER THE STATES ???

        4. at least Jeff Sessions is not PRETENDING to be on our side,
        like obomma was…

      3. Anon:
        Facts hurt dont they? Obama started his Presidency where the majority of Americans did not approve of full marijuana legalization until he was reelected in 2012. Trump just signed off on Sessions rescinding the Cole memos when Republicans just polled their first majority approval of legalization a few months ago. Go ahead and apologize for Trump. See where that gets you in November.

        As for Me, Too,

        Calm down and read this excellent ongoing coverage from Leafly;


        1). CA and CO US Attorneys could give a $#!+ about Sessions’ reversal. And so do old school, veteran dispensaries. Whole arm, middle finger up.

        2) Senator Gardner, R-CO just announced on the Senate floor he “will not confirm another (Trump) nominee” until Sessions “explains himself” or that is, rescinds this inflammatory decision. So much for your Federal Judge nominations Trumpanzees!

        3). Banking regulations under FINCEN are still active… which is just hilarious to me. Cannibanking undaunted forges ahead.

        Sessions you evil gnome… were going to punt you back into the portal of Hell that spawned you.

      4. It’s nice that you can type. CHANGE THE LAW!! H.R. 1227 & 2020.

        One point, this is all good for the state. Think like a big boy and move on to the national scale. Financial institutions are a must!! CHANGE THE LAW!! 1227 & 2020.

        Without the federal changing of the laws, these problems will cycle over and over.

        Change the laws!! H.R. 1227 & 2020

      5. Lol, way to be an apologist for Obama. The guy who never had the gall to actually make changes. He absolutely shouldve descheduled cannabis from the open joke of schedule 1.

      6. I wondered when the Drumpf apologists would reappear. So, apparently all it took was an aggressive move by Drumpf’s AG, Sessions, to bring out the howlers: “All Obama’s fault, he should’ve . . . etc etc.”

        Once again, these Cons and Liberts can be counted on to completely ignore the actions of Drumpf and Sessions and turn it back on Obama. If they’d even tried to be objective in their comments, I’d have given them plenty of slack–but they can’t help themselves:

        “Our guy is terminating the Cole Memo? It’s all Obummer’s fault! He should’ve rescheduled pot! Now, our side has no choice but to crack down on legal pot! All Obummer’s fault! All Obumer’s fault! Oh, why did you make our guys have to crack down on legalization? You could’ve avoided this if Obummer had just rescheduled! Etc etc etc. Same old crap.”

        The party of “personal responsibility” once again passing the buck.

      7. medical marijuana was on the books way before cole memo was ever written. It did not make medical marijuana legal or possible .if OB wasn’t a bitch he would of rescheduled marijuana. Don’t call people names like troll bc your to ignorant to understand what what people are saying. Look over your right shoulder long enough and you will get fucked on the left. OB seems better but he was still an asshole!

      8. I’ve been reading and posting on this blog for every post since President Obama signed the Cole memos and I’ve learned how to identify a troll like you when I read one. Your desire is to seek division and chaos, not truth or facts. Otherwise your comment would not make you look as ignorant as you wish to be considered.

        Did you read up on the Cole memo? Did you click on the ACT tab and contact your Congressman like the rest of us? My guess is no, because you’re not interested in me telling you that were making bipartisan legislation to reform marijuana law right now… your interests are in treasonous division… and that you will receive but only in your own heart.

      9. It’s comments like your that aid, abet, and enable Trump/Sessions fascism. You aren’t really serious about cannabis freedom.

      10. The only sane comment here. Democrats had two years of complete control to de/reschedule Marijuana. Obama thought he had the power to dictate by pen. That same power now belongs to Trump. Regardless if you are left or right, Congress itself needs to change the law. That is all Sessions is forcing them to do. Same thing with DACA.

      11. Right, because support, the economy and state marijuana circumstances in 2008 and 2009 when national support for marijuana were less than half of Americans is COMPLETELY identical to 2016 and 2017 when even most Republicans agree to reform marijuana, and the economy is booming thanks to all these states have legalized.

        Y’know, I would agree with you that Sessions is forcing Congress to act, but save your false equivalency bull$#!* because Sessions and Trump are only acting on their own personal interests.

      12. You act like Sessions is a friend of cannabis. Damn, this blog is getting infested with Trump and Sessions supporters.

      13. If Congress were to re/deschedule cannabis out of Schedule 1 Trump, the same one that said it’s a “states rights” issue, would assuredly pull out his veto pen. Why? Because he doesn’t like it, nor does his donors, or The Heritage Foundation. I hear Putin despises cannabis and those who use it. For any reason!

    3. I’m a smoking deplorable, Sessions is just a rogue puppet of the old government. The states won’t enforce any arrests in where their own people have voted to legalize, so it will be just another dichotomy until schedule 1 is removed.

      1. Eric B, that’s highly delusional thinking. You may need to up your meds.

      2. Trump can’t stop contradicting himself and you call Sessions a “rogue?” Trump h-i-i-i-i-r-r-e-d Sessions…
        You made your own bed. The rest of us are building a new one.

      3. Denial is the first step on the 12 step program.

        The Senate CONFIRMS and APPROVES the nomination made by the PRESIDENT. Of course Republicans dont read the Constitution anymore they just steal SCOTUS.
        Since Im not even going to bother asking a troll like you if youve clicked on the ACT tab, how does it feel to have a Republican Senator block your DOJ nominees? Thats gotta hurt your feelings all huddled up on that cheap Russian monitor in a government building in Moscow.

      4. Not unless the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer anendment expires on the 19th. Click on the Act tab or the green “here” up in the dialogue of this webpage.

      5. Rogue puppet?! He was Trump’s first Senate supporter! He was Trump’s pick for AG! He’s not rogue!

    4. Tell the Democrat morons to stop putting dumb ass liberals up for president who continue to go after our Constitutional rights and stop trying to make the government so big and their crazy spending. Or try voting Libertarian and break the asinine two party system we are currently stuck with. I did not vote for either crazy Clinton nor Trump, both of their politics are wishy washy although in my eyes Hillary is worse than Trump and a proven liar and psychopath and super crooked family. Regardless this current situation blows and needs to change. Here’s hoping the protections stay in place come January 19th.

      1. Here’s hoping you click on the Act tab and aren’t a Russian bot. Defecit? Dems? After what Republicans just signed into tax law? If you care about marijuana policy stop writing divisive, pointless, factless inflammatory comments and use the prescripted letters on the Act tab.

      2. What you’ve just written is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this forum is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      3. You are just as bad as the people that elected Trump. You think you sound clever, but you really helped to elect Trump and also helped to unleash a new and brutal drug war. Your shit stinks, you quisling! This drug war is on your head!

      4. Yeah Ok, the Clinton family are saints. I believe in the Constitution first and foremost unlike the Communist liberals rising in the ranks. I believe the government should be small, get rid of the IRS and fair tax. Im making money on the new tax plan and not being hit with a lame fee if I choose to not have health insurance, big plus in my eyes. I did not waste my vote like most lemmings thinks happens when you vote third party, that’s asinine thinking. I have in fact wrote my Congress countless times about marijuana but I live in a state with a couple of old codgers that have the same thinking as Sessions but I keep writing hoping they will change their ways.

      5. I have also wrote Trump asking him to stop Sessions from wasting OUR tax dollars going after states with some form of legalized marijuana. It OUR money that will potentially be wasted by Sessions and it goes against my views of wasteful spending in the government.

      6. Read my post on Trump’s executive order 13777. Trump gave authority to his puppet fovernment under Sessions and his Assistant AG to reverse the Cole memos all the way back in March of last year. That was Trump’s broken promise; Trump’s decision. Just like he chose to go into debt laundering money with the Russian mob then play with running for President just to wash his tax debt and get publicity at the expense of our Republic. Trump is a treasonous traitor. Focus on Congress and click on the ACT tab;

    5. Trump & company, and marijuana legalization, are 100% incompatible, because Trump is a fascist Russian operative, and because Fascism and marijuana legalization are 100% incompatible.

      We reject not only Jeff Sessions, but Trump as well, including Bannon, McConnell, Ryan, and the whole rest of the entire fucking fascist Trump shit-show.

    6. No his actions and recommendations are completely constitutional and very American as Chevrolet, Baseball and pie.
      Here is the law.
      The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution (Article VI, Clause 2) establishes that the Constitution, federal laws made pursuant to it, and treaties made under its authority, constitute the supreme law of the land.
      James Madison defends the Supremacy Clause as vital to the functioning of the nation. He noted that state legislatures were invested with all powers not specifically defined in the Constitution, but also said that having the federal government subservient to various state constitutions would be an inversion of the principles of government, concluding that if supremacy were not established “it would have seen the authority of the whole society everywhere subordinate to the authority of the parts; it would have seen a monster, in which the head was under the direction of the members”.
      What he is saying is the authority of the combined countries people (the USA) would be placed on a low level, really low and shallow, while increasing the authority of the lesser public and the lesser states.
      So although Marijuana is a luxury to a few in a few states the damages done to the entire citizenry of the US is enormous while remaining Federal laws apply to them and is discriminatory towards the subjective under standing regulation. until Sessions.
      Here we see Session doing his constitutional duty.

      1. No one is saying what Trump, Sessions and Assistant AG Brand just did to reverse the Cole memos is illegal. We’re saying it’s a predatory waste of resources and a threat to American lives and national security.

        Have you clicked on the ACT tab?

        Because I don’t know what you think the Supremacy Clause has to do with rescinding the Cole memo unless you either:

        A) Think it has something to do with some white supremacist dogma in the Constitution, or

        B) Are hedging your bets against the life, liberty and happiness of a legally regulated marijuana market at the federal level.

        Allow me to burst your Machiavellian bubble:

        Equal protection under the law and states rights under the 10th amendment guaranteed by the Constitution has already knocked out the Supremacy Clause for an mmj employee in Massachusetts in the case of Barbuto v. Sales & Marketing. If the only vocal Trumpanzee and US attorney wants to bring a case in Mass. using the Supremacy Clause I say bring it on.

        There are open cases reviewing the Constitutionality of marijuana prohibition under the 1st, 4th and 14th amendments as well in Washington v. Sessions.

        And in both cases the Commerce clause has come under scrutiny in the way that the supremacy clause can be interpreted.

        So what were you saying?

      2. @ ha ha,
        One of the great things about marijuana legalization is, you haters can have your judgmental opinions about us, but we stoners don’t ever have to worry about it anymore.

  2. Thank you so much for the work you do! With criminals hanging off the White House lampposts…this guy goes after the kid with the seizure disorder!!!!!

  3. And we the Trump voters to thank for this. They voted to unleash this new wave of prohibition, yes they did!

  4. Watching Californians “celebrate” the end of prohibition, Sessions was probably seething at the news reports of the world’s sixth largest economy end prohibition. Despite poll numbers showing 60% plus favoring legalization and evidence from legal states that show no deleterious effects from legalization, Sessions ignores all of that and take us back 30 years to another pot war. So back to control by cartels and street dealers and wasted federal resources. Knowing Sessions views as one of the last prohibitionists this was predictable.

      1. Because this the webpage for the national organization for the reform of marijuana law, not the Yahoo comments section you Russian troll! Did you click on the ACT tab? The green “here” button yet?!!

      2. They might if Vermont and Michigan legalize this year. We might lose Maine, (Lepage, Gagnon)

    1. He can now hold it over them. “Stop being a sanctuary state or we are going to shut down all of your cannabis and arrest your people to payback the donations to trump from the private prison industry.”

  5. Dear NORML,

    I have supported you over the years because I believe you are for smaller government and states rights. AG Jeff Sessions is obstructing with the will of the people. Please get behind H.R.1227 – “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017” and work to move this legislation through as expediently as possible. Get on TV and in the newspapers ASAP and start making the case, as you have done here so well. Many thanks for your good work.

    1. Yes! Please help the people of the USA to have access to healthcare which has proven to allow for the absence of opioids !!!! With the benefits of Cannabis, my husband no longer takes Oxycodone, Morphine, or Vicodin! How can we help to ensure the passage of H.R.1227 – “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017?. All believers rise up!! Is a march on Washington needed ? It is MY right as a citizen to make a decision for myself!

      1. Click on the Act tab and contact your Congressman, NJ. You can also call your Federal Congressman at 202-244-2131

        Donate to NORML.

        Check the NORML scorecard:

        And vet your local federal and state candidates.

        Do they support marijuana reform?

        Email and call your local candidates. Ask them. Hold our Reps and Senators state and federal accountable.


        Go to your local DMV or Post Office, pick up some voter registration cards and bring them to your next family bbq! We don’t get to complain… or let anyone else complain… if we don’t vote!

        That’s how we make a difference.

      2. I think it is far time to start letting all peole have the right to choose this plant as medicine for all everywhere and start healing,curing,stopping what all other medicines couldn’t or gave other serious side effects that made there condition have other problems on top of the onesthat didn’t even help the first condition not to forget to say how expensive the other meds were.From cronic pain,ptsd,epilepsy,post concusion,ms,chrons and the list goes on.this plant has shown over and over how well it works and more information keeps flying out more and more I ask please stop holding it back and herting and not healing many children and people for better quality of life and choice to choose our treatment or at least giving a change to try when all else fails us. Please use this opportunity to make many lives change for the better and cure what other medicines did not. Not to menshion what the money brings to every state to improve it self with. every state not just some equal everywhere for everyone no desgrimanaton there shouldn’t be it works it’s safe and could make a big deference for many.

  6. This is a GOOD thing because it will hasten the exit of this archaic curmudgeon from the national scene. The backlash from this will be huge. Sessions straight-up lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee when he said he would not go after weed.
    Jeff Sessions was the worst thing President Trump ever did.

    1. I thought this was a joke when I heard it, I really hope this does drive a huge backlash. Depressing, though, and all this in the backdrop of one of the worst drug crisis in modern America (though marijuana is the gateway to opiates)…

      1. @ Jeffrey Bass,
        You are incorrect. Marijuana is not a “gateway” to opioids. That is reefer madness.

    2. @ John O.
      Bullshit. Trump supports this Sessions crackdown, officially, directly from the White House spokesperson. Fuck Trump.

      1. I don’t know, Nancy; we still haven’t seen the pee-pee tapes. Let’s hope we don’t have to either!

  7. I guess the Mexican Cartels are happy with this news. The waste of money on this is senseless while we have our youth dying everyday of opioid overdoses.

    1. Sessions IS the world’s premier cartel. He represents Purdue and Insys Therapeutics who are buying up all the poppy growing land in Mexico and feeding it to us without oversight because the head of the opioid cartel IS AG Jeff Sessions. Who prosecutes pharmaceutical companies for paying off doctors, overprescribing opioids and getting away with murder? The AG: Jeff Sessions. Who recommends drug policy to the President and Congress as head law enforcer of the U.S.? The AG: Jeff Sessions.

      Mexican cartels are beholden to U.S. drug policy. I’m in Mexico. I can tell you how it all works if you click on the ACT tab and write your Congressman now.

  8. The Sessions aim in the Marijuana area is to take away states rights so the Feds can go after the states concerning sanctuary cities and states.
    That’s why he changed so much so quickly. They realized the sanctuary states will use the Marijauna issue to establish their right to snub their nose at the fed.

    1. Legalize marijuana, in order to protect immigrants, and to defy Trump and Sessions! Win-Win!

  9. Look morons, arguing over political preferences is not going to solve a damn thing. Either be part of the solution or shut up.

  10. Jeff sessions needs to be replaced right now. State and he is not working for the people of the United States. He does not support the agenda of President Trump. He has his own agenda and had colluded with the DOJ the FBI the CIA and the NSA.

    1. He wouldn’t do anything without traitor trumps blessing. Especially after he recused himself from the Russia investigation. I think this is coming from traitor trump because of a vengeance thing with California or to get the spotlight off of himself.

    2. @ Rama,
      Wrong. Sessions is Trump’s boy, and Sessions is Trump’s fault and blame.

      Sessions is to Trump as shit is to asshole.

      Sarah Huckabee just said, with respect to Trump and marijuana and California, “Trump supports enforcing federal law.”

      FUCK TRUMP!!!

      1. “Sessions is to Trump as shit is to asshole.”

        A great quote, and so so accurate. And the Drumpf apologists are the toilet paper. They try, but just can’t wipe away the stinky mess . . .

  11. What have I been saying since Putin Day, November, 2016? Trump is an enemy to marijuana legalization.

    This is all Trump.

    Don’t let any of them off the hook: Trump, Sessions, Bannon, Kelly, McConnell, Ryan, Nunes… they may be infighting, or they may be posturing, or both; but none of that makes ANY of them friends of the marijuana legalization movement!

    They all must go. Not one of them is worth a thing to us.

    Punish Trump by punishing his lackey Republicans, who keep him in power! Vote this year, on Election Day! Register now!

  12. Little Beauregard should be placed in the corner with a timeout! He is doing all this based on his belief that cannabis is evil. Belief is not an excuse for not critically thinking. Obviously, this is not a skill little Beauregard practices.

  13. Everybody, do not panic. This will not work, Jeff Sessions have committed an egregious act that goes against the public opinion of both parties and U.S. general consensus. He is now open to perjury penalty for his previous admittance that he will not prioritize going after marijuana.

    Again, everybody, do NOT panic. You will not see a change in availability of marijuana in your area, because this the actions of this unilateral fuckbag are in no way in-line with the opinion of any constitutionally-supported agency. We will push back against this so swiftly that you do not need to worry.

    (But be vigilant!)

  14. Sessions works for the Russians, and is trying to cause a civil war! What would Russians like more than to pit Americans against Americans and cause national turmoil.

  15. Federal Marijuana Legalization is an admission of Guilt for many generations of Incarceration, Torture & Murder of Innocent Non-Violent Citizens. Part of Jeff Sessions job is to acquire funds to keep Law Enforcement & The Prison Industry running. Marijuana is his ONLY Quick Easy Solution. Good People don’t fight to keep the Safest most Beneficial Medicine illegal. Marijuana was / is / will always be “THE CURE”.

  16. Someone should check Session’s bank accounts. How much did Big Pharma and the Cartells pay him for this turn around. Outrageous!

  17. This is obviously a man that has never had any mental or physical pain and has not had to take opiates as a part of his life or depression/anxiety reasons or ANY reason to rely on big Pharm to help him get well. He is a complete idiot. I am/was a Trump supporter but if he does not stop this idiot that causes me great concern. I agree thanks Obama for half way doing doing a job that he should have seen through to completion. This absolutely pisses me off!! He obviously needs some schooling!!

    1. @ Christy,
      Well, while you are having “great concern,” the rest of us will be HANDING TRUMP’S ASS TO HIM on Election day, when The Big Blue Wave will punish Trump and the rest of his fuckwad Republicans.

    1. @ Cat Cassie,
      I am genuinely sympathetic toward your business friends, and their predicament. And, I love the dispensaries as much as the next stoner.

      But, as I have maintained ever since Election night 2016, anybody who ever thought Trump was a friend to the cannabis community IS. A. SUCKER.

      I tried to tell them all. But all I got back was, “Trump would never allow Sessions to do that. You know, because of the money.” To which I perpetually replied, “All the evidence is to the contrary. You have to be a willing sucker to believe ANYTHING Trump says. I think a crackdown is inevitable.”

      It doesn’t feel good to be right about this. But this isn’t about me. This is about defending America from fascism!

      Stop defending that shitbag Trump and his pathetic Republican turd-monkeys, and start defending REAL AMERICANS!

      1. Cat, I know you aren’t defending Trump. I’m yelling at the idiot deplorables.

  18. California just became the 5th biggest world economy, passing France. It’s time for it to become its own nation. America is a drain on California, not the other way around.

  19. This is the administrations continuing attempt to time travel back to the 1950s. I sincerely hope that it backfires on them in every way.

  20. Jeff Sessions,is a classical backwards uneducated and the personal thinking of one man with the regards to cannabis. He does not have the facts on medical or recreational cannabis, and is not trying to find out the facts. He just wants to impose his personal backwards thinking on the people of United States. For out nation to move forward with new ideas and innovations to keep up with the rest of the world and not just cannabis but other innovations that would benefit as a nation. We have to stop putting people in office like Sessions (who needs to retire) from office. What happen to Government for the People by the People. Folks Cannabis and Hemp grows in the ground it was not make in the lab (God gave us these plant) to heal the mind, and body.

  21. If you stop and think about it a minute, this could be a good thing…it should push the congress to get off their lazy asses and legalize it!

    1. @ propot,
      Okay, I’ve thought about it for a minute, and… Nope. This is still a bad thing. Trump sucks. Sessions sucks. Republicans suck. The entire Trump shit-show SUCKS ASS.

      Yep. That’s how I see it.

  22. What we need is a national referendum on the mid term ballots addressing the nationwide legalization of Marijuana for both medical AND Recreational use Period. Let the American people decide, not just one person deciding for everyone.

  23. This is not a surprise. Perhaps the only surprise was that it took so long.

    So now we need to kick our activism into fun gear. They (Sessions, et. al.) must know this is their last chance since the support for legalization is growing and for those under 35 it is overwhelming.

    Support organizations like NORML by contributing and joining your local chapter, write and call your member of Congress, the President, and yes the AG. This must be turned into a national movement. (I suggest a quick look at Ken Burn’s film, Prohibition).

    And be ready for some serious pushback. Sessions will try to empty all the power of the state to suppress and punish those who resist. He hopes to crush our will. But he cannot win if enough people stand up. As Gandhi once said: : Yes. In the end, you will walk out, because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350,000,000 Indians if those Indians refuse to cooperate. And that is what we intend to achieve: peaceful, nonviolent, non-cooperation — till you, yourselves, see the wisdom of leaving.

  24. “Prohibition focused on the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages; however, exceptions were made for medicinal and religious uses. Alcohol consumption was never illegal under federal law. Nationwide Prohibition did not begin in the United States until January 1920, when the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect. The 18th amendment was ratified in 1919, and was repealed in December, 1933, with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment.[28]”

    I am simply amazed how our government has taken control of a situation that they should have never been involved with.

    I guess when you see a cash cow , it doesn’t matter who you try to take down to obtain wealth and power even if it is your own people.

    “We the people of the Untied States of America……….”

    I guess that doesn’t matters to our federal government

    I mean come on why do we have to fight for something that they (Federal government) took away for no legitimate reason at all, other then a way to corral people…..

    Where is that court hearing at…………

    I have payed attention to the cannabis movement honestly since 2010 when things started to really push towards full legalization.

    I currently live in a state that only has medical, but

    I would love to see the federal government get out of the way and start using our money a little wiser and allow the states rights to gain full access to the rights we choose , however

    This has been a ridiculous amount of time and monies that our states have wasted just to ask someone who has no business being in it to get out of the way.


    These are all things that the Federal government should have no say so in.

    Let the states make the choices by the people

    Keep in mind the
    prohibition of alcohol only lasted 14 years

    We are over 80plus years on cannabis prohibition

    Time to change.

    As always
    Thanks for reading

  25. You can thank a Trump voter for helping to unleash another brutal round in the drug war. A vote for Trump was a vote for Sessions and the drug war. Don’t try to run, Trumpsters!!!!You own this!!!!You Trumpsters are cordially invited to go fuck yoursleves. You already fucked the country.

  26. NORML Political Director Justin Strekal is quoted in the front page of the Washington Post right here;

    NORML could use the publicity. So can marijuana reforming candidates campaigning for state and federal legislatures this year. Every time we think this administration couldnt be less popular they sink straight through the core of the earth to China.

    Let’s support both NORML and the voter guide with small donations, especially candidates like Beto Orourke that reject PAC money.

    Please click on the ACT tab on this web page and contact our Congressman to reform marijuana law. Congress is the key to getting rid of Sessions and descheduling marijuana once and for all.

  27. I am 73 years old. Have smoked for 40+ years. I will still buy it legal or illegal. Jeff Sessions is just a bump in the road.

  28. Jeff Sessions is not trying to educated himself on cannabis. He just relying on his backwards personal thinking and trying to in pose this on the American Public. We as a nation will never move forward with new ideas and innovation that benefits this country, if we keep putting backwards thinking people in office like Sessions (who needs to retire). What happen to Government for the people by the people? If you are in office you should leave your personal opinions at the door. Cannabis and hemp grows in the ground not in the lab, God gave us these plants to heal our bodies both physical, mentally, and all of the health and industrial uses of hemp that was use in this country and long time ago. Cannabis can solve a lot of problems in the country from opioids addiction and other health issues along with industrial applications and a tax base that will benefit the states and the United States as a whole. Folks we cannot let one man’s personal uneducated opinion and keeps us from moving forward as a nation, while falling behind other countries that implement new ideas that move them forward and benefit the people.

  29. Do not get me mistaken, we’ve got some hard times coming, but I believe there’s light at the end of this tunnel. Trump is out in 2020 just two years. And the states which legalized will fight back, they won’t just go down.,

    It could end up a huge Supreme Case where’s marijuana ends up winning. Either-way I believe that it will happen federally even if it’s the next administration which does it.

    This is also just one more reason people will dislike Trump.

      1. Exactly. People ain’t going to quit smoking it. Call it non-violent civil disobedience, or call it getting high, I believe I’ll have another toke, myself…

  30. We the people may just have to up end our Federal Government . If the polls and voting are not enough we have had a civil war before , what’s to stop it from happening again ?

    1. @ john smith,
      War on the Federal Government?!
      Whoa! Settle down, big fella!

      Let’s not jump the gun, okay? Let’s try voter registration drives and stuff like that first, don’t you think? Let’s fight voter suppression and gerrymandering first, before trying suicide by cop! That would be a better thing to try first, I say.

  31. Jeff is a clearly mentally ill person, and his lying to Congress was enough to impeach him about not meeting with the Russians, many think impeachment is just for elected officials needs to hit the books on impeachment again.

    A national petition challenging his mental health should be circulated, and just watch Trump collect his resignation.

  32. This is more political posturing than anything else. Sessions doesn’t want to be remembered as the AG where several states went legal recreationally with cannabis. Look at it this way, if the feds can’t even control enforcement on immigration laws because of Sanctuary Cities, including the holding back of federal dollars to states that won’t comply with the new requirements, they really will not be doing much to enforce states to uphold crackdowns on cannabis possession.

    1. @ Eric B,
      Let’s separate the two questions from each other.

      First of all, Trump and Sessions, together or separately, are both enemies to the marijuana legalization movement. That’s whose side they are on: not on NORML’s side, not on my side, not on your side (if you support legalization.)

      Secondly: We know they are our enemies. But how bad can they hurt us? What harm might they do, and how bad might it be? That question requires a separate evaluation to answer.

      I know this: if The Resistance fails, marijuana legalization fails. Trump is a fascist, and legalization and fascism are mutually exclusive — they cannot coexist together.

      So fuck Trump, with or without his girlfriend Jefferson Peckerwood Sessions!

  33. I’ve been reading the comments, and much like the frustration I felt when I read the WAPO link I posted previously, I regret to inform those who think Sessions is “mentally ill” or “uneducated” about marijuana, that he is none of those things.

    Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions is, always has and always will be a treasonous pharmaceutical whore.

    It is precisely because legalized marijuana cuts into his career-long stakes into predatory, addictive and mislabeled pharmaceutical profits that he is cracking down. Marijuana, as a safe, nonlethal alternative to pain management… and the fact that it finally caught the President’s ephemeral attention span that Obama signed the Cole memos… are the reasons that Sessions is all in on stopping marijuana legalization.

    Well, that and Sessions intends to cash in on the a$$et forfeiture$ while he still can. What should we expect from a Thug Trumpanzee?

    I know were all searching for some good news… or evasive tactics like “Purple Diesel Deliveries” where the tax income from delivering purple dyed diesel hides marijuana curriers from the Feds, so here’s some good news from my continued reporting down here in Mexico;

    The ex corrupt Governor Borge from the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, (where Cancun is found) was captured to justice today after extradition from Panama with charges on money laundering, extortion, embezzling and corruption. This is the third capture of a corrupt official from the PRI party currently in power, and represents hope that the Zetas might not take over one of the world’s favorite beaches, despite the continued made-to-fail drug policies from the current black-market supporting thug administration in power in the U.S.

    If Mexico can put’m in jail why can’t we? Get registered to vote!

    1. “I’ve been reading the comments, and much like the frustration I felt when I read the WAPO link I posted previously, I regret to inform those who think Sessions is “mentally ill” or “uneducated” about marijuana, that he is none of those things.
      Jeffrey Beauregard Sessions is, always has and always will be a treasonous pharmaceutical whore.”

      You’re right, Julian, Sessions is neither mentally ill nor uneducated, but simply a whore for money. If the Dems can get the House back this year, this little Keebler Elf may yet be neutered.

      1. I’ve been posting the NORML ACTION link on every major syndicated newspaper I’m registered with and it amazes me how many people keep calling Sessions “dumb” or “uneducated.” It’s not the Russian trolls that bother me with their divisive messaging so much as the so-called marijuana reforming advocates that seem to feel comforted by this dangerous perception… that somehow Sessions really isn’t that conscious or educated of his decisions. That he’s willfully ignorant, and somehow he can’t be that greedy and evil. Perhaps people react this way to seek comfort in the chaos… instead of reacting like we do where we READ… where we RESEARCH… and see how Big Pharma and private prisons put him where he is and how is avarice longer for the position of USAG, for this moment. So people would rather embrace the little pygmy hyena and pretend it doesn’t bite than imagine the carnage it’s capable of.
        Fortunately due to a variety of actions currently taking place, were about to take the muzzle off the ONDCP and put it on Sessions where it belongs. Keep taking action, brother, this is the endgame.

      2. And what many of them seem to forget about Sessions is that he was a GOP Alabama Senator for years. He’s always been rabidly anti-legalization. He’s not insane or uneducated, but simply greedy, “willfully” ignorant and stubborn. And a bald face liar.

      3. Oh, and another follow up and a lighter note, Mexico’s President Peña Nieto defered to the Supreme Court the desperate and dangerous decision to militarize the country and allow soldiers to operate as domestic police. As ALL Presidents should defer contraversial dangerous decisions… HINT HINT! (Please dont be fooled that Trump didnt sign off on this)!
        Between that, whats happening in the states and the unusually freezing weather in the south I am SO close to canceling my plane tickets and becoming an expat… but Ive got a meeting with Texas NORML and some pride and hope left for my country… sigh… the harder the battle the sweeter the victory!

  34. May I also add
    That in the event that the situation turns out bad and it pushes us back 30 year by taking our rights away……..”again”

    That in my mind puts me at a teenager level when i just started smoking…..and still going after 30 years

    So in reality the only one’s who looses in this situation are the legal business side of it( fees and applications and permits, ect…) , and the government who will not get the taxes out of it(unless forfeit seizure is them not loosing anything)

    SO when you look at this in my eyes its like this

    “We the People of the United States of America……”

    Will carry on our mission of doing away with prohibition of cannabis until its gone , but all the while we will still sit back at the end of the day enjoying what mother earth has granted us as humans as a part of our “soul heritage ”

    Mr Sessions…… stealing monies from the people , is that the new American cartel way?

    Seems to me the will of the people is to do business by paying taxes and being regulated…….8 states and climbing think they have a better plan for the people then you, and they want to pay you taxes!!!!!!!!!

    Heck even other countries now want to live just like us …… this day and age you can be educated on up to date material in about 4 hrs on the nets…..


    as always
    thanks for reading


    1. @ chris,
      It’s a hard fact for some people to hear, but Trump never once had any intention of doing any actual public service. Everything he does is a scam and a con, in the service of himself and himself alone. The White House was no different.

      His numb-nut supporters thought they were in on the scam, thought they were slick; now we see how they are the ones, in white rural America, who are getting fucked, too, right along with the rest of us.

      I would be pissed, if I were them, and not at the liberals! This ain’t our fault, nice try.

  35. Congress needs to get its shit together and legalize cannabis so as to neutralize Jeff Sessions. By revoking the Cole Memo, the public is calling for Sessions ouster, which benefits Trump. How so? Trump can appoint someone else AG, someone who hasn’t recused him/herself from the Russia investigation. Since so many of these federal politicians are taking money from cannabis’s opponents, it’s time Big Weed kicked in some of those Big Bucks they’ve been raking in to put legalization in high gear, dig up dirt on Sessions AND Trump, dirt that sticks.

    Trump, the public backlash against Sessions from the cannabis community will fail. We will NOT do your bidding to rid you of Jeff Sessions so you can put in one of your toadies, someone who will call off Mueller and put an end to the investigations of you.

    Wall Street got its tax cuts. They don’t need you anymore. You and Sessions and this anti-cannabis crusade of yours are NOT going to get in the way of Wall Street profiting of legal cannabis.

    Prohibitionists, YOU HAVE LOST!
    The crackdown changes nothing. You don’t have the budgets to fill in every hole in your Whack-a-Mole Cannabis Prohibition.

    1. Funny thing is Oracle FINCIN is still in play;

      I’ve posted this already but our little weed garden is getting flooded with panic so Im spending most of my time reminding everyone to HIT THE ACT TAB and call their Congressman; 202-244-3121

      But the other good news us USAG’s in CO and CA are unphased. And Senator Garner R-CO is threatening to withold Trump nominations until Sessions rescinds his decision!

      1. Republicans expressing shock that Trump lied, and Sessions lied… Oh, C’mon. They expect us to believe that they’re just now figuring that out? Oh, please. They have Trump shit all over their filthy fucking hands.

        Republican: “I’m shocked — shocked! …to find that Trump and Sessions lied!”
        Trump: “Here’s your donor-approved tax heist!”
        Republican: “Ooooh! Thank you very much!”

    2. I demand that Congress neutralize Jeff Sessions and legalize. I want cannabis traded worldwide on stock exchanges in US dollars, Chicago or some other US commodities exchange. Prohibition is for people who don’t seem to realize that the $5 billion California is estimated to rake in raises the question about how much of that $billion is currently still going to violent (Mexican) cartels? Whatever the answer to that question, that amount is how much is going to the black market. Sessions, are you telling me that you are going to allow them to continue without being able to follow an above-ground money trail? You just modernize yourself and turn your intentions elsewhere, like getting rid of Trump.

  36. So many dummies unable to think for themselves constantly claim the sky is falling, and the blame falls on all the deplorable, Trumpster, RACIST, Republicans, etc, etc

    Put this in your pipes and smoke it, idiots!

    Fuck off. You ignorant fuck faces constantly buying into the left talking points. Put your thinking caps on and grab an independent seat in the middle of the partisan debate. Take your master’s hand out of your asses.

    Sessions just did all of us a favor. Finally, the will of the people will overwhelm politics and force Congress to act to avoid career suicide. Special interests, be damned.

    Again, I say fuck you simple minded know it alls. You know who you are: always first to comment on a NORML article to bash conservatives, Republicans, and Trump with your brain dead ideology.

    DC is BS, both sides of the aisle, assholes.

    And for those quick to point out Trump’s support for enforcement of federal law, that’s what the President is supposed to fucking do!! Lawlessness is no bueno. Fix the laws, rinse, and repeat. Fuckers.

    1. Leroy, it’s the Republicans who are in charge of this stinking crackdown, remember? You sound like a lunatic.

    2. So, because a handful of GOPers express disappointment in Sessions, we’re all supposed to say, “Hey, I had the GOPers all wrong. They’re actually helping lead the way to legalization!”

      Spare me the false equivalency BS. It’s no accident that by a 7-to-1 ratio the states that have legalized recreationally are Dem-dominant states. It’s also no accident that most of the states that have MMJ are also Dem-dominant. Look at the map here on the NORML website, for chrissakes!

      Hell, they’re still debating MMJ in most of the South–you know, the blood-red Republican country, whereas most of the rest of the country has already evolved past the stage of knuckle-draggers.

      Leroy, I invite you to look at NORML’s scorecard. Pick any state–any friggin’ state, and tell me again about your false equivalency BS.

      And your comment about Sessions doing us all a favor because it will prompt congress to act, is ludicrous. The GOP controls both the House and Senate–and we’re gonna wait for them to act on legalization? Give me a fucking break.

  37. Sessions is so out of touch, and sadly Trump is too. Time to switch my party affiliation I guess. These guys don’t represent how I feel, nor even the majority. Time to vote with my feet. Midterm elections are about a year away. Sad. Angry. This is so stupid.

  38. if you touch pot i will not vote republican in the time trump is in office and i will not vote for trump

  39. A.G. Sessions is just defending the false notion that marijuana is a plant because he has the discretion to enforce this 30 yr old opinion:

    “Throughout this opinion the term ‘marijuana’ refers to ‘the marijuana plant, considered as a whole’.”

    If we don’t like the law that A.G. Sessions enforces, we should change the law. We need to contact our members of Congress to reform the existing “unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious” federal Schedule 1 definition of marijuana to specify what marijuana really is, like this:

    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.

    This reform will emancipate the States from the DEA’s whimsical enforcement of marijuana as a name for the cannabis plant. It re-legalizes the cannabis plant by isolating the meaning of the term “marijuana”, and it preserves the conditions which inhibit cannabis smoking by children. Once the plant is de-scheduled by this reform, then it can be rescheduled to legalize marijuana use according to its new schedule.

    H.R. 1227 sounds like a good bill. Let’s see if we can get this reform added to it.

    1. Oh fuck off Yearbait or click on the green “here” button. “The false notion marijuana is a plant?” Fucking REALLY?

      1. Yeah, really. Change the CSA definition of marijuana.

        Since that definition says “the plant Cannabis sativa L.”, then has a lengthy list of exceptions, it is obvious that marijuana does not mean the marijuana plant as a whole. Can you not admit that the judge got it wrong? Why not admit that marijuana is cannabis smoke, which you like so much. Call the plant cannabis, but not marijuana, then cannabis regains its medical value and cannabis oils can be used for veterans’ PTSD, cannabis fibers can be used in textiles, paper, etc., and cannabis banking gets emancipated to enable robust cannabis commerce.

        The semantics of “marijuana” is how cannabis got prohibited, fixing the semantics will get cannabis unprohibited. Only cannabis smoke will still need to be rescheduled. Too obvious for you?

        By adding the reform to H.R.1227, then it will be an unscheduled definition that teaches children that “marijuana” is created by burning the “marijuana plant” which is legally called cannabis, but precludes corporations from fighting for market dominance to advertise their buds to smoke. Again, too obvious?

      2. @Dain Bramage, Actually “marijuana” is a government term with a meaning that is difficult to discern due to the deceptive circumlocutory format of its definition. Judge Young is the one who said it is a plant. Congress could change the definition if people convinced them to do so. Jeff Sessions just put an urgency on our convincing them. We can tell Congress how to change it by using the Constitution as our guide, and vote them out if they don’t.

    2. This running talking point about if you don’t like a law then change the law rather than breaking it is naïve and downright dangerous because it allows the oppression to continue because the politicians in our representative democracy do NOT change the laws, and thus a minority suffers. Even now, with 64% polling in favor of legalization most of Congress is complicit.

      We, meaning the members of the cannabis community, can and have been engaging in civil disobedience to change the laws as they affect us.

      Anyone who truly believes that everyone should abstain from cannabis until the laws are changed suffers from arrested development. It’s nice in theory, but that’s all it is. We heard this same line of shit about equal rights and the Civil Rights Act. I’ve been in the cannabis community for a very long time, and cannabis prohibition works in tandem with Jim Crow laws and policies.

      1. I know, Oracle. Yearbait is such a Big Pharma stooge. Like everyone’s gonna benevolently stop smoking weed so we can get poisoned and shafted with mislabeled oils?
        Just deschedule marijuana, Congress. If that means we have to get in your face snd vote you out in November thats what will happen.
        But I’m not buying this “redefinition” crap that only leads to quasi-prohibition re-scheduling, which Yearbait has previously admitted is his proper agenda.
        Outlaw the smoke? Only if YOU do the time.
        Go back to Project SAM, Yearbait; because this Year is the Year descheduled weed takes Congress.

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