The $1.1 trilion spending bill states that Justice Department funds can not be used to interfere with the popular laws.. aka no war on medical marijuana
Jeff Sessions is infamously known for his anti-marijuana stance. He has recently stated:
“Good people don’t smoke marijuana”
His sole purpose in life seams to fight states that have legalized marijuana. Fortunately for the community of marijuana lovers, Congress blocked any chance of the War on Medical Marijuana from happening.
The spending bill prevents the Department of Justice from using any of its funds to pursue going after states who have legalized medical marijuana. The department cannot:
“prevent any of them from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana”
Sorry Jeffy, you’re going to have to pick a new cause to chase after.
The Obama administration took a fairly lenient stance on enforcing federal marijuana laws in legalized states. Which completely makes sense because that is a complete waste of resources.
But Jeff Sessions saw an opportunity when he took control of the Department of Justice. He set out to finish what the War on Drugs started. Specifically taking aim at medical marijuana instead of the out of control opioid crisis.
Unfortunately, the bill doesn’t prevent Jeff Sessions from going after states who have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
But Robert Capechhi, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project supports the bill protecting states. He also wants to push for laws that permanently protect the state’s marijuana policies.
“Congress appears to be growing increasingly comfortable with states adopting their own marijuana policies. Unfortunately, spending prohibitions like these expire at the end of the fiscal year, so there is still a need for a long-term solution”
Everyone in support of recreational marijuana has been on edge because of Jeff Sessions. We can only sit back and hope that he doesn’t take extreme measures against states who have already legalized recreational marijuana.