Washington State Responds To Attorney General Sessions’ Veiled Threats

As first reported by Tom Angell of MassRoots.com, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson responded to a July 24 letter from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in which Sessions’ made multiple allegations all based on a single misleading 2016 report.

One would say, they didn’t pull any punches:

“Your letter, citing the March 2016 Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NW HIDTA) report on marijuana in Washington, makes a number of allegations that are outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”

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Jeff Sessions and the Great Cannabis Shakedown

The good folks of Alabama have a problem…

The Yellowhammer State has the highest level of prescription opioid use in the country.

Given the opioid epidemic currently facing our nation, this should be cause for concern—especially for those in Washington who wish to use government muscle to solve all of our problems. 

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Jeff Sessions’ Letters to Legal Weed States Were Full of Mistaken Facts

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on a letter-writing spree to legal marijuana state governors, accusing them of things that, well, never happened and are simply not true.

In a missive obtained by the Cannabist, Sessions scolds Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper for not keeping a promise to prevent marijuana from spilling out of the state’s borders and for not keeping it out of the hands of children.

Neither accusation is based in fact, but then the White House apparently thinks nothing of spewing lies and disseminating its very own alternative facts.

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Task Force on Marijuana Law Offers Little on New Policies

BY SADIE GURMAN

ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The betting was that law-and-order Attorney General Jeff Sessions would come out against the legalized marijuana industry with guns blazing. But the task force Sessions assembled to find the best legal strategy is giving him no ammunition, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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Attorney General Questions Colorado’s Pot Management

DENVER (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is questioning how effective marijuana regulation is in Colorado, pointing to a 2016 report that cites increased traffic deaths, emergency room visits and pot consumption among youths since the drug was legalized for recreational use in 2014.

The Cannabist reports Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office received a letter from Sessions on Thursday outlining the findings by an agency within the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. Sessions asks how Colorado is addressing the findings, which he says are relevant to the marijuana debate.

Hickenlooper and the governors of Alaska, Oregon and Washington asked Sessions in April to “engage with us before embarking on any changes to regulatory and enforcement systems.”

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Drug Prosecutions at Historic Low under AG Jeff Sessions’ Avowed Crackdown

Despite continuous threats and conniving political moves to crack down on legal weed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been stymied by the chaos and ineptitude of the Trump administration, not to mention rational human beings who view his crackdown as a terrible idea.

This combination has resulted in the lowest recorded levels of federal drug prosecutions than any previous administration at this point in their tenure.

According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University (TRAC), the feds prosecuted nine percent fewer drug crimes from February to June of this year compared to the same period last year and more than 20 percent fewer than that period five years ago.

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Bill to Protect State Enforcement of Pot Laws Introduced in Congress

Photo by Justin Cannabis. 

While confusion and chaos reign in just about every corner of the White House and the nervous cannabis community is forced to hang on to every word of pot-hating Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a woman’s voice rises above the noise—a Congresswoman that is.

Representative Suzan DelBene from Washington State has reintroduced a bill aimed at protecting states rights to regulate marijuana.

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Is Jared Kushner at Odds with Jeff Sessions over Mandatory Minimums?

Jared Kushner—Donald Trump’s son-in-law and advisor with zero political experience… just like his boss—is apparently involved in discussions over potential changes to the criminal justice system, including mandatory minimum sentencing, which has ruined the lives of countless non-violent drug offenders.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who adores harsh sentencing, is furiously pushing his pitiless, tough-on-crime agenda.

If fresh-faced Kushner can stay out of trouble himself over his meetings with Russians, endless financial conflicts of interest and corruption scandals, he apparently wants to discuss a thing or two with the “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions about tossing people into prison and throwing away the key.

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AG Sessions’ Plan for Legal Marijuana Is Still a Mystery

While the cannabis community has been waiting on bended knee for the past several months to learn the results of a federal marijuana review ordered by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the latest reports seem to indicate that it could still be awhile before we know exactly how the Trump administration intends to proceed with legal marijuana.

Last week, Sessions took to the DOJ website to provide an update on the work of the Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which was assembled in April to investigate a number of federal policies, including those pertaining to marijuana legalization. The findings of the review were due to land on Sessions’ desk by July 27.

Although the Justice Department’s inquiry has centered mostly on what it could mean for the continued existence of legal weed in the United States, Sessions’ update does not give any indication that the cannabis industry is going to suffer a federal crackdown.

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