Congress Agrees To Give Jeff Sessions $0 To Wage War On Medical Marijuana

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,

The war on drugs is such an abysmal failure that even the lawmakers who have funded it for decades are drawing a line in the sand. Multiple bills in Congress have cropped up in recent months aiming to protect medical marijuana and reschedule cannabis, if not legalize it altogether.

The most recent development comes in the form of Congress’ recently unveiled budget, which allots exactly zero dollars to the Department of Justice to wage medical marijuana crackdowns across the country.

The Rohrabacher-Farr amendment “allows states to carry on with crafting their own medical marijuana policies without fear of federal intervention,” the Huffington Post reported.

The full text of the amendment to the budget bill reads as follows:

“None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to any of the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, or with respect to the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, to prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

The bill is expected to pass this week and will fund the government through September. Congress is also moving to provide protections for hemp.

Dana Rohrabacher, a conservative lawmaker from California, has previously introduced similar legislation to prevent federal encroachment on state marijuana laws. Earlier this year, Anti-Media reported on his introduction of a bill that consisted of only one line:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the provisions of this subchapter related to marihuana shall not apply to any person acting in compliance with State laws relating to the production, possession, distribution, dispensation, administration, or delivery of marihuana.

A mounting number of lawmakers, including Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Tom Garrett, have moved to protect cannabis in states with policies that conflict with federal prohibition, and the country at large. The recent push is, in large part, a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ anti-cannabis rhetoric. Though he reportedly privately assured senators he would not crack down on states where it is legal, he also recently warned that while states can pass their own laws, “…it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.

In February, a U.S. Attorney for the Department of Justice claimed an Obama-era rule instructing the agency to respect state laws had been interpreted incorrectly. However, it is unclear whether Sessions influenced this move or that U.S. Attorney acted independently.

Regardless, Sessions has been widely criticized for his views, and his hard-line law and order rhetoric continues to reveal just how out of touch he is with the rest of the country when it comes to legalization.

Considering Congress also bears responsibility for decades of the failed war on drugs, it is telling that in recent years, those same lawmakers have appeared to soften their stalwart approach.

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SafelyGraze's picture

the war on behalf of drugs requires deep, deep pockets

and 16 years or more of boots on the ground

hugs,
afghanistan 

tmosley's picture

It is NOT Sessions' place to decide which laws to enforce and which not to. He is there to enforce the law as written. This is what "law and order" means.

If you don't want him going after MJ, then LEGALIZE IT.

Vlad the Inhaler's picture

Some states did legalize it and others will follow.  The problem is that people only support states rights when it suits their agenda and are against states rights when it doesnt/

Citxmech's picture

"It is NOT Sessions' place to decide which laws to enforce and which not to. He is there to enforce the law as written. This is what "law and order" means.

If you don't want him going after MJ, then LEGALIZE IT."

 

Essentially, that's what congress just did:  They legalized medical MJ in any state that has a system of regulation.

null's picture

Not his job to prioritize which arguably unlawful activity to prosecute?
He gotta pick one that probably encroaches on States' police power?

Caloot's picture

Some states did.   Now what?   Unlimited congressional authority per regulation of commerce between the states?   What commerce?

sinbad2's picture

In most countries politicians make the laws, the courts and public servants enforce the laws.

In the US, all branches of government are political, and that's why the US is not a democracy, but a regime, or totalitarian state.

Kagemusho's picture

When government has the ability to use taxpayer funding against those very same taxpayers who want it legal again, re-legalization is like carrying an incredibly obese man on your back uphill while he's kicking your kidneys and trying to gouge your eyes out.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy is a perfect example of a government propaganda machine that uses taxpayer funding to propagandize those taxpayers - most of whom want cannabis legal - with absolute BS devoid of any facts regarding cannabis, in direct contravention of scientific facts that disprove its lies. It has even meddled in the electoral process, being used in the 2007-08 campaign to stump for Republicans, an outright illegal act under the Hatch Act.

ONDCP funds astroturf  'concerned citizens groups' groups like 'Smart Approaches to Marijana' run by a former(?) employee for ONDCP named Kevin Sabet. Sabet passes himself off as a 'former drug policy advisor' when all he did was write speeches for ONDCP supporting continuing cannabis prohibition. This supposedly privately funded 'public interest' group is in bed with (and getting money from)  both government bureaucracies and industries wholly dependent upon keeping cannabis illegal. The degree of incestuousness regarding anti-drug bureaucrats, Big Pharma,  law enforcement, prison industries, etc. should not be surprising to anyone who reads this forum.

With all that taxpayer-supplied money and the power it buys being used to thwart drug law reform at every turn, it becomes screamingly obvious to anyone with three brain cells to click together why drug law reform has been the kind of uphill battle I described. Defund agencies like the ONDCP and cannabis prohibition would collapse in a few months.

RedDwarf's picture

"It is NOT Sessions' place to decide which laws to enforce and which not to. He is there to enforce the law as written. This is what "law and order" means.

If you don't want him going after MJ, then LEGALIZE IT."

All federal drug laws are Unconstitutional and thus illegal.  Politicians voting for these laws have violated their oaths of office and should be arrested.  Anyone attempting to enforce these laws should be treated as enemies of the state.  It's no different than if they voted to make the Roman Catholic Church the Official State Religion.  Black letter violations of the Constitution.  The use of the Commerce Clause to cover these laws is ridiculous, furthermore the fact that in the past alcohol prohibition required a Constitutional Amendment cemented this precedent anyway.

So, if you REALLY gave two shits about law and order and had spent five minutes reading our highest laws, you'd know what you are saying is bullshit.  Law and Order starts from the top down dumbass, and the top laws of the land do NOT GIVE CONGRESS THIS POWER!!!!!

techpriest's picture

It is NOT Sessions' place to decide which laws to enforce and which not to. He is there to enforce the law as written. This is what "law and order" means.

If you don't want him going after MJ, then LEGALIZE IT.

This is true, but when did a politician ever get ahead by taking a clear, bold stance that would offend part of his constituency?

Also, when did the Supreme Court ever get ahead by ruling against the beneficiaries of the Drug War? If you're looking for change, the federal government is the 4-year-old that's going to be drug kicking and screaming, except with nukes.

adanata's picture

This isn't about drugs. Never was. This is about Big Pharma protecting its medical monopoly.
With MI-6 and the CIA running the international drug trade; to the tune of $1Trillion per annum in bank profits... the hypocrisy here would gag a maggot. Our troops are being used as mercenaries in Afghanistan to guard those poppy fields.

meditate_vigorously's picture

That's just half of the equation. The other half is the police state and prison state protecting its interest and doing what all bureaucracies do - trying to seize power and resources. When I think about it, a bureaucracy follows the same behavior patterns as all life, it is just dumber than its constituent parts.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Son, it is a god-damned economic program to provide jobs for enforcers, weapons purchases, new technology, R&D, govt funds, control over local govt...

They love us over there boy!

e_goldstein's picture

WTF?

Congress is doing something sane?

bobbbny's picture

Of course not.

They are just keeping the tax revenue tap open.

Dem need da paper mon.

Ganja gonna make dem da paper.

GlobalMapper's picture

I telling you mon!  Your comment brought back memories of 10 years of living in Abaco.  Thanks!

adanata's picture

$$BIG$$ bucks in marijuana. All states looking to cash in. CONgress getting plenty of "support" to legalize MJ. Works for me. Everyone should learn how to make their own Rick's Oil. Buh-bye Big Pharma and your genocidal "cancer industry".

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ e_,

Sane? Far from it considering these Operation Talpiot Compromised Blackmailed Deep Stated Scum Fucks.

100 days of wasted man hours.

First day for me would of consisted of Arresting & Indictng Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath Hillary Clinton.

More proof yet again of the absolute, complete open in your face Tyrannical
Lawlessness.

e_goldstein's picture

Yeah. Clinton should have been thrown under the jail 2 months ago.

In a better world her execution would be scheduled for next Monday.

 

TeethVillage88s's picture

Oh Hang on a bit...

Big Pharma will be sending out checks this week.

radio man's picture

"One toke over the line sweet Jesus, one toke over the line...."

Proofreder's picture

A friend with weed

is a friend indeed!

joego1's picture

"marihuana"

Thats a good one!

Out of touch for sure.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Would u smoke marijuana and lay Huma?

83_vf_1100_c's picture

MJ doesn't work that way. You need alcohol in large qty to make Huma attractive. It isn't the physical part that ruins her but the lack of a soul and the thought that Weiner and hillary were both on that snapper. You have to black out level drink to go there. God help you if your friends video it and show it to you sober.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Busting Hillary too expensive?

Don Pancho's picture

take two and pass so the blunt will last

beijing expat's picture

WTF? I thought that old cracker was there to drain the swamp.

Team Trump better pull a rabbit out of their hat soon or he will lose all support.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Sessions has been a swamp creature for 20 years, he won't shit where he eats.

south40_dreams's picture

The war on drugs will improve greatly with a budget like that

barysenter's picture

So far Sessions is a dud.

serotonindumptruck's picture

The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees that the individual States have lawful discretion over Federal mandates.

radio man's picture

I believe it was 1974. Riding to Fenway with my dad when the pot topic was being discussed on the am/fm radio. Dad said, marajuana will never be legalized in America. At least in his lifetime, he was proven right.

mary mary's picture

Jeff Sessions is from Alabama, and should know that all Southern States historically grew massive amounts of Cannabis, right along with Cotton, Tobacco, Grains, etc.  It is disrespectful to his Southern Heritage for him to wage war against an industry that helped create and build Alabama.

radio man's picture

Correct, kind of ! What they grew was hemp. Not for smoking, but the manufacturing of rope for the navy. Still grows wild in Illinois, but nobody is dumb enough to buy rolling papers within its reach.

mary mary's picture

No.

Of almost all species of plants there are many varieties. 

"Hemp" Cannabis, Canvas, is a superb fiber.  It was widely used for sails, rope, clothing, and lots of other things.  But hemp was still Cannabis.  When Roosevelt outlawed Cannabis, the major backers (instigators) included Monsanto (which had just invented nylon fiber) and Hearst (who owned forests, which produced wood fiber).  What do you outlaw?  Your competitors.

So, Roosevelt, Monsanto, and Hearst outlawed hemp.  But they couldn't say that.  So they said they were outlawing a "dangerous drug".  That gave Roosevelt government jobs for his Elliott Ness liquor fighters, who were out of work since the people had just overturned Prohibition.  And the other major backer (instigator) was Pharmaceuticals, who "provided the evidence" (even though, today, they strangely say that they have "not had time to study Cannabis").  They did so because Cannabis was the second-most-used MEDICINAL, and the Pharmaceuticals then, as now, hated people being able to produce their own medicinals.  What do you outlaw?  Your competitors.

So there had to have been enough Cannabis being grown that Pharmaceuticals considered it a sizeable detrminent to their potential profits.  And where would it have been grown?  Right where the hemp Cannabis was being grown, naturally.  By the same farmers.  Mostly in the South.

Lastly, who could possibly doubt that the hemp farmers of Alabama, and their slaves and, later, share-croppers, would not have grown THE BEST medicinal Cannabis for their own medicinal use?   They weren't stupid. 

And... had Southerners not USED that Cannabis, I submit that they would have not created Negro Spirituals, Blues, Jazz, and even Rock and Roll.  Thank Cannabis for American music!!!!

Ralph Spoilsport's picture

Monsanto? (snort)  Nylon was invented by a Dupont chemist named Carothers. Nylon went into commercial production at DuPont's Seaford, DE plant in 1939. There's a little shrine at Seaford with an original Type 8 spinning machine position and a windup.

DuPont didn't like hemp because they had big plans for nylon rope.

mary mary's picture

Put THE PURPLE WITCH in jail, Mr. Sessions.  Then Americans will view you as a fearless leader.

KimAsa's picture

Roll, roll, roll a joint
Take a sip of wine
Take a toke
Blow your smoke
And blow your fucking mind

Baron von Bud's picture

This is a good thing. Matter of fact, I have a bong on my desk right now fully loaded. Yes, I will be getting legally stoned. Thank you state government for letting me pay you protection money to protect myself from my weed-hating county sheriff. Yeah, I'm really dangerous. Elderly by definition I will blast that bong and enjoy myself.

Citxmech's picture

I notice the law says no money regarding MEDICAL MJ.  Seems to leave recreational MJ open for targeting. . . 

Baron von Bud's picture

You're so right Citx. This gives the feds some lattitude. Those paying protection money to the state and who buy taxed MJ are off limits to the feds. Recreational users, growers, etc, though compliant with state law, seem to be fair game. I think this is more about those transporting weed beyond the state. Fair compromise. And don't forget the huge state revenue that's being created by the yearly license process (doctor, certifier, dispenser, state) and the sales tax. Huge state blowback on fed interference if it's legal weed where state taxed.

DeathingerStar's picture

Congress toking the toke... too stoned to walk.

joeyman9's picture

Feds to the States:  "Smoke'em if ya got'em."

knukles's picture

#OGKushmatters

TeethVillage88s's picture

Glock Kush Smokers... I saw it in Full Metal Jacket or Platoon

Salsa Verde's picture

STFU Sessions; legalize it, and put a federal tax on it already.

You could always relocate any displaced DEA agents to the FDA and have them conduct field audits of licensed growers; nobody is out of a job and the damn industry would pay for itself.