Jeff Sessions recent testimony regarding his involvement in the Russian investigation was described by Independent Senator Angus King as “really, really disturbing.” As each day passes, Sessions seems less likely to remain the Attorney General. It is in the best interest of all Americans that Sessions is forced to resign. If he were to resign, it would likely be due to his handling of all things Trump and all things Russia. There is however a much more pressing reason for which he should be forced to resign.
What Did Sessions Ask Congress To Do?
A letter sent to Congress in May by Sessions recently surfaced and the details are shocking. In the letter, Sessions asks Congress to undo federal medical-marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014. The amendment that would be repealed in order to fulfill Sessions wishes is the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. That amendment prohibits the Justice Department from allocating federal funds towards the prevention of legal medical marijuana states from, “implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”
Sessions Continues Pushing “Alternative Facts”
In his letter, Sessions went on to state, “I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime.”
In making that statement, Sessions brings up an age old argument that has been proven completely false on a continuous basis. In fact, Sessions fails to mention the numerous studies, some of which have been acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that show that states which legalize medical marijuana use have lower rates of opiate overdose and opiate deaths. In fact, on their website, the NIDA states, “Some preliminary studies have suggested that medical marijuana legalization might be associated with decreased prescription opioid use and overdose deaths.”
The Marijuana Industry’s Progress Will Be Slowed While Sessions Is In Office
So, as long as Sessions remains as the nations top criminal prosecutor, no person who uses or is involved with marijuana in any capacity should sleep well. He continues to deny the facts and the scientific evidence as to why marijuana needs to be legalized and while he continues to do so, the industry will live under a cloud of uncertainty.
Lane is based in Southern California and is a content curator for Medical Marijuana 411. He focuses his research into finding informative stories that can help medical marijuana patients better understand their diverse medicine.