Tag Archives: Jeff Sessions

The Sessions war on marijuana

Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“Despite the many problems that may come from the Sessions Memo, the overall impact is not likely to be as widespread as some may fear. The federal government simply does not have the resources to stop the commerce of marijuana everywhere it is legal. U.S. Attorneys may, if they choose, disrupt legal cannabis markets by sending cease and desist letters to operators and their landlords in the relevant districts, threatening legal action, and sending a chilling effect to others. Raids on businesses are also possible … However, legal consumers will not face significant legal threat from the DOJ, as the federal government has always left street-level enforcement to state and local officials. Moreover, it is unclear how many U.S. Attorneys are truly eager to divert resources to cannabis prosecutions rather than focusing on crimes such as fraud, interstate gang enforcement, domestic terrorism, and other urgent matters of federal interest.” (01/26/18)


Report: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure

Source: Axios

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removed, according to three sources with direct knowledge.” (01/23/18)


Jeff Sessions reminds us of our need for the Tenth Amendment

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Gary Wood

“A true conservative, in my humble view, cares little about conserving our corrupted Constitution and everything about restoring American federalism — a strict division between state and federal power enshrined in the original Constitution. No better foundation can be used during restoration than the Ninth and Tenth, not as amendments but as keystones.” (01/09/18)


The Ninth and Tenth of it

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama Administration enforcement guidelines regarding the states that have legalized (in their 29 different ways) marijuana, last week, supporters of freedom expressed some worry. But we had to admit, one excuse for Sessions’s nixing of the mostly hands-off policy seemed to make sense on purely legal grounds. If we want to liberalize drug laws, then our Cowardly Congress should do it. Definitely not the Executive Branch. And yet, over at the Volokh Conspiracy, Will Baude argues that ‘the rule of law’ does not require ‘renewed enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.’ If anything, he argues, it ‘requires the opposite.'” (01/09/18)


Just say no to Jeff Sessions

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“The US Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana. Thus, the question of whether marijuana is legal is one of the many issues reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. If the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban marijuana, then why was it necessary to amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to ban alcohol? Sessions'[s] usurpation of state marijuana laws is the type of federal intrusion into state issues usually opposed by conservatives. Sadly, too many conservatives are just as willing to sacrifice constitutional government and individual liberties for the war on drugs as they are for the war on terror.” (01/08/18)


PanAm Podcast, 01/08/18

Source: PanAm Post

“Jeff Sessions'[s] Pledge to Target Legal Marijuana Draws Ire of Libertarians” [Flash video] (01/08/18)


It’s high time for Congress to end marijuana prohibition

Libertarian Party

Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“On Jan. 4, acting against the advice of his own Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo. The Obama-era memorandum had allowed states to set their own cannabis rules and regulations, with minimal intervention by the federal government. In rescinding the memo, the Trump administration has flouted the U.S. Constitution’s provision to reserve most powers to the states, a precept the Libertarian Party (LP) holds as fundamental to the federalist structure the country’s founders crafted. ‘Sessions’s move to reinstate excessive power at the federal level is like opening hunting season,’ said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. ‘Now federal prosecutors may fire their regulatory ‘shotguns,’ at will, at anybody in the pot business, whether medical or recreational, whether operating legally under state laws or not. It is high time for congress to act. They should immediately end prohibition: that means repeal all drug laws and grant amnesty to federal prisoners found guilty solely of nonviolent drug offenses.'” (01/06/18)


The rule of law supports marijuana federalism

The Volokh Conspiracy

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Will Baude

“Last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was rescinding all of the Obama administration’s enforcement guidance that had foresworn enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act against marijuana that was legal under state law. There has been plenty of criticism of Sessions’s new position, including from my co-bloggers Ilya and Jonathan here. One major line I’ve seen in defense of Sessions’s action is that his position is truer to the rule of law: Maybe Congress should decentralize marijuana policy, the argument goes, but until it does the executive branch should be enforcing the law, not suspending or dispensing with ones it thinks are unwise. As a general principle, I think there is a lot to that. But in this case, I do not think the rule of law requires the renewed enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, and if anything requires the opposite.” (01/07/18)


It’s high time for new pot laws

Source: Cato Institute
by Trevor Burrus

“As many expected, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has suspended Obama-era guidance documents pertaining to the federal treatment of marijuana in those states where marijuana has been legalized for recreational use. But Sessions’ move may backfire. A $9.7 billion industry has been thrown into disarray, and the 64 percent of Americans who support marijuana legalization, including half of Republicans, are wondering how and why an unelected federal official essentially overturned the will of the nearly 70 million people who live in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. It’s time for the millions of Americans who support increased research on marijuana, the relaxation of federal marijuana laws, outright legalization or anything in between to call on their representatives to clarify the relationship between federal and state marijuana laws. It’s time to limit the ability of throwback drug warriors like Jeff Sessions to fight a drug war the people don’t want.” (01/05/18)


Sessions reboots war on marijuana

Source: NBC News

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave U.S. attorneys the green light Thursday to aggressively enforce federal laws against marijuana — even in states where pot is legal. In doing so, Sessions reversed an Obama administration policy that shielded legalized marijuana from federal intervention and enabled the pot industry to flourish. … A senior Justice Department official said one reason for the change is that the previous policy ‘was perceived to have created a safe harbor for the industry to operate.’ The move by the nation’s top law enforcement official comes the same week that California began selling recreational marijuana. It is also legal in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. There are also thriving medical marijuana programs in 28 states.” [hat tip — David Klaus] [editor’s note: OK, so Sessions is picking a fight with marijuana. Hopefully he won’t be surprised when marijuana gives him an ass-whipping of epic proportions – TLK] (01/04/18)