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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is asking congressional leaders to undo federal medical-marijuana protections that have been in place since 2014, according to a May letter that became public Monday. The protections, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, prohibit the Justice Department from using federal funds to prevent certain states "from implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana." In his letter, first obtained by Tom Angell of Massroots.com and verified independently by the Washington Post, Sessions argued that the amendment would "inhibit [the Justice Department's] authority to enforce the Controlled Substances Act."

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Sessions's citing of a "historic drug epidemic" to justify a crackdown on medical marijuana is at odds with what researchers know about current drug use and abuse in the United States. The epidemic Sessions refers to involves deadly opiate drugs, not marijuana. A growing body of research (acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) has shown that opiate deaths and overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana laws on the books.

That research strongly suggests that cracking down on medical-marijuana laws, as Sessions requested, could perversely make the opiates epidemic even worse.

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Both Mr Sessions and Trump can go to hell.

The white house and the White house cabinet members are a bunch of freaks

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-06-14 01:33 AM | Reply

Sessions has worse memory than any of the potheads he wants to put behind bars.

#2 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-06-14 08:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Doin' right ain't got no end!

m.youtube.com

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-06-15 08:57 AM | Reply

Why didn't the amendment, instead of barring use of funds to pursue violation of law, to just make it legal for medical.
Then they wouldn't have to worry about pursuing what would be legal.

#4 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-06-15 09:09 AM | Reply

"Sessions's citing of a "historic drug epidemic" to justify a crackdown on medical marijuana is at odds with what researchers know about current drug use and abuse in the United States. The epidemic Sessions refers to involves deadly opiate drugs, not marijuana. A growing body of research (acknowledged by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) has shown that opiate deaths and overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana laws on the books."

Yes but MJ growers don't have a powerful lobby and the purveyors of opiates do.

#5 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-15 09:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Sessions is an evil piece of garbage who caters primarily to the private prison industry. He is in the business of creating customers for them.

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-15 10:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Has Sessions been clearly quoted as stating he wants to go after medical MJ?

the "historic drug epidemic" referenced is about opiates, not MJ..(I'm not up on this subject).

Are we sure he isn't really just interested in opiates or does he really want medical MJ to be prohibited as well?

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2017-06-15 10:15 AM | Reply

Eberly it sure was thoughtful of you to have that nose ring installed so we could lead your flummoxed, confused self to the facts, day after day.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-15 10:48 AM | Reply

Eberly, Sessions has not been clearly quoted on pretty much anything. Most of what he says is about as clear as listening to rap music played backwards at the wrong RPM setting. This would include his congressional testimony.

#9 | Posted by Reagan58 at 2017-06-15 10:48 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Are we sure he isn't really just interested in opiates or does he really want medical MJ to be prohibited as well?

#7 | Posted by eberly at 2017-06-15 10:15 AM | Reply

If you follow the links there is an image of the letter. My browswer is blocking it for some reason. But I doubt it is being misrepresented.

#10 | Posted by sully at 2017-06-15 11:09 AM | Reply

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Are we sure he isn't really just interested in opiates or does he really want medical MJ to be prohibited as well?

#7 | Posted by eberly

He has said good people don't smoke marijuana. He has implied it is a gateway drug that leads to heroin.

He also said he didn't have a problem with the KKK til he found out they smoke weed.

This is what you get when you vote republican. More failed policies that EVERYONE admits don't work, except republican politicians.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 11:28 AM | Reply

Talk about swimming against the tide. Does Sessions even have any clue that his war on mj is DOA?

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-06-15 11:29 AM | Reply

"Eberly, Sessions has not been clearly quoted on pretty much anything."

His inability to remember things has been clearly quoted in all his various versions of expressing it. Morning Joe did a hilarious montage of Sessions saying he couldn't remember, I laughed even though I hate Morning Joe.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-15 11:35 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

So Sessions isn't so big on states rights, eh?

#14 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-06-15 11:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

#14 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce

Like all the hypocrites on the right that continually cry about states rights, they only like them when THEY don't like what the government is doing...

#15 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-06-15 11:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So tired of this BS, the lives ruined by the War on Drugs and the money wasted.

The epidemic is caused by PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY DRUGS. Opiates that they push and pushed as "non-adictive". Then right blames the victims and seeks to criminalize them. Morons call them "weak" and "morally corrupt" because they develop a physical addiction.

#16 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-06-15 12:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

but if you put weed in a pill and call it Marinol and let the pharmaceutical companies charge $200.00 for each said pill....

then it's OK!

#17 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-06-15 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

LOCK HIM UP (Sessions)!

#18 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-06-15 12:12 PM | Reply

Where is "I see 50 states" Boaz to decry Sessions?

He's probably out there trying to get his civil war started.

#19 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-06-15 12:15 PM | Reply

It would be an unfortunate and disappointing surprise if Sessions received the approval needed to conduct such activities.

#20 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-06-15 12:55 PM | Reply

Marinol (dronabinol) is a pill that is available by prescription and has FDA approval to treat certain conditions. Dronabinol is also known as THC, and it is the primary psychoactive cannabinoid in the prescription medication. Cannabinoids are derived from the cannabis (marijuana) plant, which contains over 400 compounds, including more than 60 cannabinoids. Although there are more than 60 cannabinoids in marijuana, two in particular have been studied for medicinal uses: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC or dronabinol) and cannabidiol.

#21 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-06-15 01:00 PM | Reply

no medical benefits??? schedule 1???

HELP ME UNDERSTAND.

#22 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-06-15 01:01 PM | Reply

How can a SCHEDULE 1 drug be FDA APPROVED!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

#23 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2017-06-15 01:02 PM | Reply

no medical benefits??? schedule 1???

HELP ME UNDERSTAND.

#22 | Posted by AuntieSocial

Here you go - big money interests like alcohol and pharmas BRIBE your elected officials to keep weed illegal to protect their own profits.

If you have a problem with that, next time you should vote for the candidate who wants to fix campaing funding instead of the one who wants to keep fighting the stupid failed drug war.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

1,100 per year dead from the drug war. Meh.

1 wounded politician and people start screaming about civil war.

We live in a very bizarre country.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-15 01:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He is in the business of creating customers for them.
#6 | Posted by danni

Sounds good when you say it fast. But does the data carry the talking point?

2015: 17.8% of Fed. prisoners in private facilities (includes half-way houses and home confinement, about a third of total population.

6.9% of state prisoners in private facilities.

8.3% of US total prisoners in private facilities.

1.3% of Alabama prisoners in private facilities.

The four data points decreased from the prior year. www.bjs.gov

See also,
[I]t's misleading to say that this means he stands to gain in any meaningful way from an increase in the value of those companies, or that "The more people Attorney General Jeff Sessions sends to private prisons, the more money he shoves in his pockets." www.snopes.com

#26 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-15 01:44 PM | Reply

We live in a very bizarre country.

#25 | Posted by sitzkrieg

People who are opposed to the drug war passionately voted for a president who is making the drug war far worse.

Bizarre indeed.

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 02:05 PM | Reply

[I]t's misleading to say that this means he stands to gain in any meaningful way from an increase in the value of those companies, or that "The more people Attorney General Jeff Sessions sends to private prisons, the more money he shoves in his pockets." www.snopes.com

#26 | Posted by et_al

It's called campaign donations. The private prison industry donated bigly to trump. This is what their bribe money was for. Filling their prisons with more "products" so they could buy another private jet.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 02:07 PM | Reply

Making it harder to get medically prescribed medication pushes people to illegal supplies. Not 1 heroin overdose will be prevented by making it harder for my wife to get pain medications from her doctor.

In the past 2 years things have changed:

1) require my wife to go to an office visit with her doctor every month where he must physically hand her the prescription

These visits are not medically necesary so insurance will not pay. That means an extra $200/month out of pocket

2) Pharmacies are encouraged to limit the supplies of these drugs

As a result often they have to order pills. My wife is forced to take partial doses at the end of the month so she wont go into detox if she has to wait 3 days for her medications

3) We had to sign a pain management contract with the doctor and pharmacy. This prevents drug shopping.

This is a good idea except for when (2) happens and you can't take the prescription to a different pharmacy

4) Some drugs have been restricted for specific uses.

My wife will need pain meds the rest of her life. The best option is to rotate between several meds. usage restrictions make that impossible because she doesn't have the "right" cause of pain.

#29 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-06-15 03:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Making it harder to get medically prescribed medication pushes people to illegal supplies. Not 1 heroin overdose will be prevented by making it harder for my wife to get pain medications from her doctor.

#29 | Posted by hatter5183

Sorry to hear about your wife, but I think your logic is off.

If it becomes harder for EVERYONE to get opioids, then some people who don't really need them will never get addicted in the first place.

#30 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 03:27 PM | Reply

The private prison industry donated bigly to trump.
#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly | Flag:
Deflection.

The specific talking point I addressed is about Sessions.

#31 | Posted by et_al at 2017-06-15 03:33 PM | Reply

The specific talking point I addressed is about Sessions.

#31 | Posted by et_al

YOu think they haven't bribed him as well?

#32 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 03:36 PM | Reply

If people are in pain they will do what they have to to end the pain. If treating the pain with medications under a doctors care is not an option or if it is much more expensive and difficult then people will use illegal readily available cheap heroin

You are not thinking about this the right way.

My wife is not an addict. Without her pain meds she is immobile and in agony. On her meds she runs a successful business and leads a normal life.

Go after the people selling heroin and the people using recreationally. Stop ------- with the people that need them to live

Do you understand the difference between recreational and medically needed?

#33 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-06-15 03:43 PM | Reply

I left for a while....thanks for the responses on Sessions and his intent with MJ.

Sounds like he has tap danced around it but it appears he would definitely go after MJ if given the opportunity.

not good. no upside to that....and I think the courts would fight him....but it's a fight that shouldn't happen in the first place.

#34 | Posted by eberly at 2017-06-15 04:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Feds have neither the money or man power to go after MJ, its just too far gone. It will be legal in all states in the coming years which is good because I want a Pax ERA and pods but cant get to CO any time soon.

#35 | Posted by blake914 at 2017-06-15 05:43 PM | Reply

Go after the people selling heroin and the people using recreationally. Stop ------- with the people that need them to live

Do you understand the difference between recreational and medically needed?

#33 | Posted by hatter5183

Yes, do you understand that what starts with medical use often results in addiction/recreational use?

The pharmas KNOW what their drugs are doing to everyone. They've been marketing them as less dangerous than they are for years, all so they can get richer while destroying lives.

If anything, you should be campaigning for stricter controls as well, since it sounds like your wife would qualify.

#36 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 06:00 PM | Reply

The Feds have neither the money or man power to go after MJ, its just too far gone. It will be legal in all states in the coming years.
#35 | Posted by blake914

If people stop voting for republicans it will.
If not, you'd be amazed how far backwards they can drag us.

#37 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-06-15 06:01 PM | Reply

Here you go - big money interests like alcohol and pharmas BRIBE your elected officials to keep weed illegal to protect their own profits.
#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Shame on you. You're supposed to call them campaign contributions. Bribes are against the law. Buying pols is as legal as church on Sunday if you call the money a campaign contribution.

#38 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-06-15 06:03 PM | Reply

People in pain will seek out illegal pain medication if the feds make it hard for them to get.

and that is what the Feds have been doing.

someone here once said we need a war on pain, why yes we do.

but instead we are doing the opposite of that, making people who hurt into criminals

#39 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-06-16 01:44 AM | Reply

#26 | POSTED BY ET_AL

That's right. 'The Rise' of the private prison industry has been a canard at best, yet the intent is still relatively disturbing. Considering the precedent has been set that it's both moral and beneficial to profits that prisons be privatized, I do see the potential for a slippery slope. However, the saving grace in this discussion surrounds the correctional officers' unions. They are strong bunch.

Pertaining to your post's relation to the thread: It's not about the money for Sessions, it's about moral absolutism. That's what is more scary than anything, IMO; should be even more scary for those who espouse the same philosophy here on the Retort, yet it will undoubtedly only spell silence. It's one thing to think it, but seeing it in action can be quite frightening, I would imagine.

#40 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-06-16 01:58 AM | Reply

It's 2017 and you can't even distill an ounce of whiskey in your own garage. Prohibition will never die.

#41 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-06-16 08:09 AM | Reply

The Feds have neither the money or man power to go after MJ, its just too far gone. It will be legal in all states in the coming years.
#35 | Posted by blake914

People die because of the ignorance of fools like you and Sessions.

Since 2010, At least 20 SWAT raids involving suspected marijuana dealers have turned deadly, according to data compiled by the New York Times.

The list of fatalities includes small-time dealers and people who sold the occasional joint to a friend, as well as people suspected of dealing in more serious drugs like crack or meth, but who were found to be in possession of only marijuana after the fact. It also includes four police officers who were killed during the raids, intentionally or otherwise.

The deadly raids are a reminder that an activity that's legal and celebrated in some states -- selling weed -- can get you killed in others.

www.washingtonpost.com

#42 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-06-16 05:03 PM | Reply

The elfin liar is going to be some marijuana user's girlfriend in the big house. I have a feeling there will be a line outside his cell, and they'll all be large African American men.

#43 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-06-16 09:44 PM | Reply

It'll be important for the investigation to stretch beyond 2018, and then roll them all up together so there will be NO pardons. Drumpf will be indicted for bad acts before he was BLOTUS, and we'll have President Polosi. That'll make GOP heads explode.

#44 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2017-06-16 09:48 PM | Reply

The drugs are doing nothing to my wife other than allowing her to live a productive life without debilitating pain. Damn you and anyone else who would take them away

#45 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-06-16 10:27 PM | Reply

#45 my wife too. Not a cure all but tolerable. It's a quality of life issue. Otherwise what's the point.

#46 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-16 11:28 PM | Reply

What an irony it will be when people who smoke pot for cancer get thrown in jail, where they are entitled to free health care.

#47 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-16 11:31 PM | Reply

Yeah Snoofy, I'm sure that you get the best medical care in prison. That's why I'm going to rob a bank when my poor lifestyle choices catch up to me.

#48 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-16 11:37 PM | Reply

And I have to say I went through some things that I thought were really painful. Then I went through somethings that were beyond my imagination. Give the people what they need. It's a gift from god. Pain relief is only a part of it. The strength to go on is more important.

#49 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-16 11:46 PM | Reply

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