Sessions wants to arrest all pot smokers
No he doesn’t but I felt like a bit of tabloid journalism in the headline today. The Sparta Report is big league now so why shouldn’t we act as badly as the MSM from time to time?
Jeff Sessions is going to rescind the Cole Memo which set federal enforcement priorities for marijuana use.
- Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;
- Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;
- Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
- Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
- Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;
- Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
- Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; and
- Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.
One tidbit from the news here is that the Trump administration has had an advisory panel and this panel voted that the Cole memo should be rescinded. In other words, Jeff Sessions and President Trump aren’t going to do this without some due diligence.
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner tweeted this morning:
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.
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) January 4, 2018
I’m a bit conflicted on how I feel about the entire marijuana issue so here’s some fodder for you:
- I’m wondering if this is a slap at California for the sanctuary state debacle?
- Like DACA, these prosecutorial discretion memos to replace laws that some people don’t like is just a bad idea. Marijuana should be legal at the federal level — or not. Then the states can decide what to do at their level.
- So far, the impact of marijuana legalization in Colorado seems to be minimal in terms of crime or culture.
- The tax revenue has been substantial.
- Today, the marijuana industry in Colorado is very much a highly regulated cottage industry. If marijuana is legalized on a federal level, this will stop in a heartbeat as big corporations (likely the tobacco industry) enter the market. The end game will be arguing over whether supermarkets should be able to sell marijuana cigarettes on Sunday.
- <SARC>Ultimately, the marijuana industry will be sued out of existence for not telling customers that smoking is bad for you and can cause cancer.</SARC>