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Congress Blocks Jeff Sessions from Interfering with Medical Cannabis Laws

For the second time this year, congress has offered the Justice Department no money at all to combat state medical cannabis laws.

In a move set to frustrate cannabis ‘sceptic’ Jeff Sessions, Congress created a new provision in their budget bill, which will permit states to continue creating their own medical cannabis policies without concern of federal intervention.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment states;

None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

Congress have been praised widely by cannabis advocates for this move, who believe that Jeff Sessions has a long-term plan to reverse many state laws regarding medical and recreational cannabis.

Since entering his role as Attorney General, Sessions has widely condemned marijuana use, exclaiming that “good people do not smoke cannabis” and “cannabis is only slightly ess awful than heroin”.

With new surveys revealing that nearly 60% of American support the full-scale legalization of cannabis, Sessions will likely continue to have a hard time accessing funding from congress to crack down on marijuana in the USA.

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  • rumennek

    Some may not like Sessions , He’s firm in his belief and very old school . He’s a good man . I do not agree with him on this and hope congress or maybe a wider view on his part will prevail . People you have to talk about differences its how we continue forward , you cannot shut down speech and beliefs or we all become robots.

  • David Alberts

    It’ll be legal soon here in the USA. I don’t know if it’ll be 6 months or 6 years, but I’ll bet it’ll happen in the next decade.

    The pendulum has swung. The lies have been debunked. The oldest plant cultivated by human beings on this planet (even if it was spread mostly accidentally, as ancient peoples travelled and discarded the seeds), will be free.

    Ironically, legalization will start in the US, which was almost single handedly responsible for the deadly and stupid prohibition of nearly all psychoactive substances known to man about a century ago. Then it’ll happen in the U.K. and the E.U.

    But thanks to the economic and social stigmas that have been the prevailing perspective on exoerimenting with one’s own consciousness for most of my lifetime, drugs will always be prohibited somewhere.

    They weren’t a problem back in the day when the Declaration of Independence was writtten on hemp paper. Only after some racist, xenophobic old white men decided they were a menace and banned them, did the problems really begin.

    First and foremost, the criminalization and stigmatization of an entire segment of the human population, in every place on Earth, for no other reason than that they used mind altering plants or chemicals. Madness.

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