Dobby the Elf Jeff Sessions recently made intimations he would rescind the Cole Memo, which protected states’ rights when it came to the legalization of marijuana. The memo, which was a policy created by the Obama administration, protected businesses within legal states from prosecution by federal prosecutors.
‘… Set forth new priorities for federal prosecutors operating in states where the drug had been legalized for medical or other adult use.’
According to The Washington Post, Sessions advised U.S. attorneys:
‘… Prosecutors should use their own discretion – taking into consideration the department’s limited resources, the seriousness of the crime, and the deterrent effect that they could impose – in weighing whether charges were appropriate.’
With that said, Colorado citizens breathed a sigh of relief after the U.S. Attorney of Colorado Bob Troyer announced he would not be changing any policies related to marijuana prosecutions. He commented:
‘Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions …
‘We will, consistent with the Attorney General’s latest guidance, continue to take this approach in all of our work with our law enforcement partners throughout Colorado.’
Basically, it will be business as usual in Colorado.
Also in response to the news, Colorado Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican, tweeted a harsh criticism and threat to the Department of Justice.
‘This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.’
‘I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation.’
Uh oh. Dobby’s been a bad little elf, and even Republicans are going after him.
Sessions’ obsession with taking out the marijuana industry is ridiculous when you consider just how big the opioid crisis is in America. While many die from opioids daily, elf boy is hopping along worrying about stoners who just want some green and a bag of Cheetohs.
Not to mention this is a direct snub at the idea of states’ rights, an idea that Republicans have used as their platform for years. In several states, the citizens voted for the legalization of marijuana, which then added much-needed tax dollars to state budgets. Yet, Sessions is hellbent on enforcing a policy that has fallen out of popularity with many Americans even in states where marijuana use is prohibited.
Also, how would this affect the medical marijuana industry? In many cases, marijuana offers the only pain relief some patients can have. Even the state of Georgia legalized the restricted use of medical marijuana. By cracking down on dispensaries, patients would go without the pain relief they need. What happens then? Let’s just put them on some more opioids, right?
It’s now going to be on those states to fight the federal government, which is a conundrum in and of itself for their own rights to govern their citizens.
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