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Jeff Sessions Cites Increased Violence As He Once Again Threatens The Marijuana Industry

MARIJUANA, FORFEITURE, JOBS, LEGALIZED, PROHIBITION, INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT'S, JEFF, LEGALIZATION, CANNABIS, SESSIONS, REALITY, LEGAL, VIOLENCE, INVESTORS, THC, RETAIL, CRIME, MG, MARKET, MONEY, REGULATED, DISPENSARIES, CONSUMING, REVENUES, STATES, COLORADO'S, WASHINGTON, ATTORNEY, UNHEALTHY,

FEB 28, 2017


Debra Borchardt ,   CONTRIBUTOR
I write about retail and cannabis.  
Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.


Jeff Sessions, U.S. attorney general, trotted out old arguments that legalized marijuana causes violence Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The government's approach to legalization of marijuana is getting more confusing by the day. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making it clear that he is no fan of legalized marijuana and the cannabis industry is getting lots of hints from him that things could change-bigly.

Sessions told reporters on Monday, "Most of you probably know I don't think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot. I believe it's an unhealthy practice and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago."

Sessions is right that THC levels are much higher, but many consumers are now easily informed as to the THC levels of products. In the past, there was little information regarding THC levels. If anything, the trend is shifting towards microdosing, which is consuming cannabis but in very small amounts--usually 5 mg.

However, the attorney general was wrong when he said that there is real violence surrounding legal marijuana usage. "Experts are telling me there's more violence around marijuana than one would think and there's big money involved," Sessions said. Colorado's crime rate dropped over 14% after legalization and violent crime dropped in the state of Washington as well. In reality, the big money involved is the amount of tax revenue that states are receiving and the millions that investors are pouring into the industry.

Tom Angell of the Marijuana Majority said, "By talking about marijuana and violence, the attorney general is inadvertently articulating the strongest argument that exists for legalization, which that it allows regulated markets in a way that prohibition does not. The only connection between marijuana and violence is the one that exists when illegal sellers battle it out for profits in the black market. A growing number of states are showing that legalization is generating revenues, creating jobs and reducing crime."

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Federal Legislation Introduced To Exclude Cannabis From The Controlled Substances Act

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February 28, 2017


by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Representatives Tom Garrett (R-VA) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have introduced bipartisan legislation in Congress to exclude marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thus providing states with the exclusive authority to regulate the plant how best they see fit.

The "Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017" removes the cannabis plant from the CSA so that it is no longer scheduled under federal law. This legislation gives states the power and flexibility to establish their own marijuana policies free from federal interference.

Individual states are "more than capable" of deciding their own cannabis policies, Rep. Garrett explained in a prepared statement.

According to polling data released last week by Quinnipiac University, 59 percent of Americans endorse legalizing the adult use of marijuana, and 71 percent of voters - including majorities of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, believe that state governments, not the federal government, should be the ultimate arbiters of marijuana policy.

With the recent confirmation of militant marijuana prohibitionist Jeff Sessions to the position of US Attorney General, and with comments from the Trump administration warning of a coming federal crackdown in adult use states, our best defense is a strong offense.

Please take time today to contact your federal elected officials and urge them to act on passage of the "Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017." You can do so by clicking here.

Speaking earlier today before the National Association of Attorney Generals, Session's doubled-down on his reefer rhetoric - denying scientific facts that legalizing cannabis access is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse ("Give me a break," he responded) and urging state AGs, "[W]e don't need to be legalizing marijuana."

If the Justice Department won't listen to reason, then we must take this issue out of its hands. Act now to pass the "Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017" to ensure that medical marijuana patients and others are protected from undue federal interference.


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