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Attorney General Upset Over Colorado Senator’s Pushback on Legal Marijuana

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Attorney General Upset Over Colorado Senator’s Pushback on Legal Marijuana

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Lost among the hullabaloo about whether the Slingblade Hobbit was using racist dog whistles when describing the “Anglo-American” heritage of law enforcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions complained to the National Sheriffs Association that he can’t get nominees past the Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who is blocking them until Sessions backs off his state’s legal marijuana program.

That includes, we are being blocked from confirming the head of the Criminal Division, the Civil Rights Division, National Security Division. These are critically important components. We’ve got outstanding nominees. Our nominee to the national security division, the anti-terrorism division, was approved unanimously in the community.

But because of sometimes, and one senator’s concerns over unrelated issues like reversing federal law against marijuana, we can’t even get a vote.

As Attorney General, I don’t have the authority to say something is legal if it is not legal. We need our nominees confirmed. Safety and security are important. And those of us gathered here know protecting the safety and security of the American people is the mission that we share.

Senator Gardner’s office was contacted by the Colorado Gazette, which relayed this comment from a spokesperson:

“Sen. Gardner’s holds on Justice nominees remain in place as he and our staff continue to talk with the Department of Justice and discuss a path forward which recognizes Colorado’s state’s rights and ensures law enforcement has the authority and tools needed to protect our communities,” said Gardner press secretary Casey Contres.

“These discussions continue to be necessary, and we appreciate their willingness to have them. Sen. Gardner is also working with a bipartisan group of senators from across the political spectrum, and they continue to look at ways Congress can take action to preserve states’ rights.”

As part of the gathering of sheriffs, there was a roundtable featuring a few of them with Donald Trump. Tampa, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd, president of the Major County Sheriffs of America, was one of those sheriffs. After the event, he took time to spew all the marijuana-gateway-drug-theory he could to Tampa’s WFTS-TV:

“Every person I’ve ever asked that has a drug addiction problem, I would ask them intentionally ‘what was your drug of choice that set you on this path?’ Marijuana. Every time, marijuana,” Judd said.

He went on to say that when you look at all the drugs killing people and contributing to drug related deaths, “leaving marijuana out of the recipe would be a horrible mistake.”

Remember when I said the Trump Administration and its law enforcement sycophants were going to keep pushing the gateway drug theory to tie marijuana to the deadly opioid overdose crisis?

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Here’s what was posted on a government site;
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/marijuana-gateway-drug
“The majority of people who use marijuana do not go on to use other, “harder” substances. ”

And;
Govt says Sched l is untenable.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358713/.

“Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or I information on safety is lacking.”

“Remember when I said the Trump Administration and its law enforcement sycophants were going to keep pushing the gateway drug theory to tie marijuana to the deadly opioid overdose crisis?”

How many times does this make now of you saying “I told you so” based on no significant actions? — I’m thinking it’s around ten now.

Nobody can honestly say they are in any way surprised that Sessions continues his lying about marijuana. – When Trump starts actually using the word, “marijuana,” get back to us. – His fear of doing so indicates there is a massive respect (fear?) of the will of the people and marijuana reform’s already huge victories and speeding freight train momentum.

It’s 42. I’m not sure if that’s true, but when in doubt, the answer is 42.

I’m sure we’ll be able to count the actual number when the shoe drops and I cut and paste each one of them into an article called “See? I Told You So!”

If you want to keep believing that marijuana’s too popular, marijuana’s too money-making, too many states have passed it, we can just ignore the top law enforcement official in America’s opinion on the matter, his history of racism, his uninhibited lust for a return to the Nancy Reagan Just Say No 1980s it’s all farts in the wind because the Orangutan-in-Chief doesn’t come right out and say “go bust marijuana states, Jeff,” well, then, you’re far more optimistic than I am, obviously.

I mean, I was pretty sure that DREAMers having bipartisan support, along with the Trumpanzee saying that he wants to do right by DACA, plus the massive public opinion in favor of providing them some way to stay in the country, all that would have meant that ICE wouldn’t be breaking up families by busting undocumented immigrants at courthouses and hospitals for the crime of being brought here as kids… but what do you know, they’re sending DREAMers to Mexico as we speak.

The groundwork is already being laid. The “fentanyl-laced marijuana” and “marijuana’s the gateway to addiction” talking points are being echoed from every corner. Trump’s proposed a budget that guts ONDCP and puts more of the state and local “go bust druggies” money in Jeff Sessions’ hands at DOJ. Add in a few more “whoa, look at all these pounds of shatter from a legal state that we busted in the Midwest” and “Ka-BLOOIIIEE! an illegal BHO ‘lab’ just blew up and damaged the house next door, killing some innocent kids” stories, and the ferver of the latest moral panic could do great damage to furthering the cause of legalization.

Like you, I do not think the toothpaste can be put back in the tube. The West Coast, Colorado, and Northeast will still remain legal, pretty much in current form. But they’ll be pressured greatly to adopt potency limits, purchasing databases, and to reduce or eliminate home grow. It’ll be the same chip-away-at-it strategy they’ve pursued to some effect against Roe v. Wade. And the ability to expand legalization into the Midwest and South will be greatly impacted.

Long-term, of course, sanity will prevail, because the reefer mad mofos will just die out. But what’s happening now, at this crossroads of history, will determine HOW legal we get and how soon it transpires. In the meantime, tokers will be arrested and patients will suffer. So, I’m not going to stop sounding the alarm bells and I’m going to work to motivate every toker reading my words and hearing my voice to vote in the 2018 midterms for Democrats in Congress, because if Trump gets past midterms still with a GOP-controlled Congress, that’s when it will get ugly.

“[Sessions] history of racism, his uninhibited lust for a return to the Nancy Reagan Just Say No 1980s”

Right. And that’s why he has so isolated himself, he has no support in the administration and is nothing but a shameful laughingstock to the country. – Even Republicans and Fox New are against him. – He won’t last long.

“it’s all farts in the wind because the Orangutan-in-Chief doesn’t come right out and say “go bust marijuana states, Jeff,” well, then, you’re far more optimistic than I am, obviously.”

You can’t be an effective marijuana reformer if you don’t have a heaping helping of optimism. Just as I can’t know if Trump has somehow been able to control his mouth and Twitter fingers to maintain TOTAL silence about marijuana ever since he took office, you can’t know that he is planning a big, sneak attack.

You seem to have given in to your fear. – The Cannabis Culture is already hyper-aware of Reefer Mad Sessions. You really don’t need to magnify his flaming bigotry.

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