Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made no secret of his skepticism regarding medical marijuana, and has openly advocated reversing states’ ability to legalize the plant. He said that “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” despite the fact that most people in attorney general Jeff Sessions’s home state of Alabama want to legalize it.
Last week he sent out a memo last week asking for a thorough review of existing marijuana policy. He hopes to restore the “get tough” approach to crime in place during the last three decades of the 20th century.
David Baugh, a federal prosector during the original “War on Drugs,” had this warning for those looking to turn back the clock with narcotic policy: “This administration [is] implementing plans that have been proven not to work.”
The Trump administration’s new FCC head has pledged to take a “weed whacker” to net neutrality and making it easier for companies to sell your private information. Aside from being financially lucrative, the digital paper trail is also used by law enforcement to prosecute crimes, leaving people involved with the purchase and sale of marijuana at risk—a constant worry whenever there’s a lack of clarity with its legal status, as there is at the federal level.
Lawmakers in Oregon have decided to protect its citizens from Justice Department prosecution. As the Associated Press reports, a bipartisan bill is awaiting Gov. Kate Brown’s signature which would ensure that customers’ personal information can’t be used by the federal government in the future as evidence to prosecute. Once the governor signs the bill, which she’s indicated she’ll do, Oregon will join Alaska and Colorado, which already have similar consumer protection laws already on the books.
What do you think? Will marijuana ever be legalized nationally, or will Sessions’ new “war” stop legal pot in its tracks?