AG Jeff Sessions Suggests Prosecutions For Marijuana Growers, Sellers And Users In Legalized States

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that the Department of Justice may crack down on people who grow and sell marijuana, even in the 29 states that legalized the plant, echoing the drawn-out argument that it is still against federal law.

Sessions made the non-surprising comments on conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show after Hewitt asked whether the Department of Justice (DOJ) would be prosecuting marijuana growers and dispensaries for being criminal enterprises under RICO.

“A lot of states are just simply breaking the law and a lot of money is being made and banked,” Hewitt said to Sessions of marijuana growers and sellers. “One Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations prosecution of one producer and the banks that service them would shut this all down. Is such a prosecution going to happen?”

Sessions told Hewitt that he didn’t think “one RICO prosecution would be quite as effective as that,” but said he doesn’t think states that legalized the drug had the right to ignore current federal laws that ban the sale of marijuana.

“I do not believe there’s any argument that because a state legalizes marijuana, that the federal law against marijuana is no longer in existence,” Sessions said. “I do believe that the federal laws clearly are in effect in all 50 states and we will do our best to enforce the laws as we’re required to do so.”

Federal laws currently classify marijuana as a Schedule I drug — the highest level of classification given to illegal drugs which unfairly puts it in the same category as heroin and ecstasy.

Sessions agrees with that classification and is against the legalization of medical marijuana.

“We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it’s in fact a very real danger,” Sessions said at a Senate hearing on recreational marijuana in April 2016.

Hewitt further asked Sessions whether there are any prosecutions coming for marijuana growers and sellers.

“One prosecution that invokes a Supremacy Clause against one large dope manufacturing concern, and follows the money as it normally would in any drug operation and seizes it, would shut, would chill all of this,” Hewitt told Sessions, referencing the Constitutional provision that says federal law is above state law. “But I haven’t seen one in nine months, yet. Is one coming?”

Sessions refused to answer the question stating he couldn’t comment on the existence of an investigation.

“I can’t comment on the existence of an investigation at this time, you know that, but I hear you,” Sessions said with a laugh. “You’re making a suggestion, I hear you.”

This comes as Congress recently blocked a bill to allow veterans with PTSD access to medical marijuana as a substitute to big pharma’s opioids. Despite Sessions’ opposition to legalization medical marijuana, the drug has been shown to reverse a decade of rising opioid deaths in Colorado.

However, Congress isn’t giving Sessions the funds that he wants to start his revival of the war against marijuana, as Congress itself has increased support for the legalization of the drug and has denied Sessions money to fight his new crusade.

Sessions himself has previously claimed that marijuana causes violence and ordered harsher sentencing of non-violent drug offenders.

“Most of you probably know I don’t think America is going to be a better place when more people of all ages and particularly young people start smoking pot,” Sessions said during an exchange with reporters at the Justice Department. “I believe it’s an unhealthy practice and current levels of THC in marijuana are very high compared to what they were a few years ago.”

“We’re seeing real violence around that,” Sessions said. “Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”

Since Congress didn’t give Sessions any money to fight his war on drugs it remains to be seen how he will accomplish his goal; but his stance is clear as day: he hates marijuana users, sellers and growers despite the growing support to finally legalize the drug for medical use.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post and is Director of Content for Coinivore. Follow Aaron at Twitter and Steemit.

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  • 2016usaofzimbabwe

    states have rights…..to much fed over reach me thinks…. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f05f0206e84eac01c8fdba9d65ef4414640b6cfae3d9f89cbbf23199e41a502a.jpg
    they stick there $$$ grubbin hands were the dont belong

    • TickTock

      Janet can’t reply right now, she’s taking a dirtnap

  • TrevorD

    “Jeff Sessions suggested that the Department of Justice may crack down on people who grow and sell marijuana,”
    And I suggest Jeff that you get a permanent job with `Big Pharma` or he CIA drug runners as it seems very obvious that you work part time for them anyway. Or you can `grow a pair` and get on with your real job.

    • Well, they do hate competition so much so they have checkpoints 100mi. inland from the border, all over our highways. By the time you roll up to the Fed-dick they already sniffed your car and looked under & over from 20+ cameras & checked your plates and who the owner & registrants are.

      • TrevorD

        Oh yes Freedom. Remember that, was nice.

        • Yes, well, technology in the wrong hands will only lead to bigger disasters. Freedom ? Thomas Jefferson said we had freedom before 1824 and then gov. became too big, bloated and oppressive, but people ignore him and in 1861 we had the Federal Gov. War. It’s been a long downhill ride because people were not vigilant and our founding fathers were wrong to build a pyramid governing system again.

    • IMO, it would be better to exercise the rights secured by the Tenth Amendment and try Sessions for treason should he enter a state where marijuana is legal.

      • G’ma G

        Right on! If federal law supersedes state law in state territory (as opposed to federal within the states) what the hell do we need state government for?

        • If the states aren’t going to act like the confederated countries that they started out as, there is little need for a state government, which is exactly where the Hamiltonians have been headed since the Constitution was ratified.

  • Simon says

    can states arrest any official denying citizens of state rights?

    • States can’t, but according to Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997), any duly elected sheriff can.

  • The Federal Terrorist Union turned the Republic into Dictatorship in 1865, you just ignored the real issues & the truth.

  • Jeremy Peace

    How about prosecutions for all the corrupt democrats? Obama, Hillary, Wasserman, Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, Lynch, Holder?? Why not do your fkin job!!!!

    • How about if all the prosecutors are just as corrupt and guilty of having done things that could end their careers and send them to prison as those you want them to prosecute? Why would such a prosecutor bring prosecution down on themselves by prosecuting others?

    • dav1bg

      American public is getting fed up with this do nothing pussy.

    • Trump is a Globalist, he swore allegiance to the CIA almost immediately after being put on the throne. I don’t know why people ignored that.

  • ALberto

    Jeff, There is a difference between persecution and prosecution. You can look it up.

    • The difference is purely academic to someone who ignores the Constitution.

  • Arrow

    Calm down Jeff. Try some of this Indica. It delivers a fusion of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation.

    • roger

      or some sativa, bithc…..

  • Frank Energy

    If you want to send an email to Sessions, do so here, I did

    https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

    • What do you think the probability of his ever seeing them is?

      • Frank Energy

        I think we need like 30 emails, then some clerk will pass on to him the idea that not everyone agrees with him.

        • This takes me back to the time when I was able to spend time with Dr. Ron Paul and he shared with us the best way to reach an elected official. Phone calls, and now, emails just get tallied by the clerks. Letters get passed onto the Autopen operator. Postcards get tossed into the official’s case for perusal during boring debate. I got to spend an entire afternoon riding around in his car when he visited Denver, acting as his navigator, to his delight.

          • Frank Energy

            What an honor, so post cards it is, sound bite theory.

  • Rey d’Tutto

    Not Cannabis, Clintons.
    Sessions is ignoring lawbreakers, and going after sick folk and their medicine.
    Cannabis doesn’t have a defined LD50, unlike every other Schedule 1 substance, because one cannot OD on Pot.
    Clinton associates have a distinct tendency to commit suicide by shooting themselves twice in the back of the head, or slipping in the shower.

  • dav1bg

    Sessions is an idiot. He needs to go, so that we can get some justice on real issues.

  • Jimmy B

    Someone needs to take out Harry Anslinger. To willfully ignore all the evidence of the good that comes from the Hemp plant, is not ignorance, but a personal quest to please his owners, who made the plant illegal in the first place, for their own investments that the plant severely competed against.

    • Harry Anslinger died on November 14, 1975.
      You could learn a lot more about his motives by reading Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari.

  • Legends Back

    these ole’ racist white men are the worse! in a few years (or sooner) you are going to hear about the weird and sick shit Sessions has been involved with..Russia for one

  • jimmy joe

    That cocksucker needs a fucking bullet TO THE HEAD!! Freedom hating terrorist mother-fucker!!!

    • You won’t get the chance if your post is determined to be a credible threat by any of the alphabet agencies.

  • Sovereignty First

    Reading the comments below is PROOF that marijuana is irrefutably, indisputably the new CRACK EPIDEMIC of the 21st century! The United States is doomed!! Shame….

    • SP_88

      Are you serious? You compare marijuana to crack? Crack is a highly addictive drug that has zero benefit to anyone who uses it. And it is quite harmful to your health.
      Marijuana on the other hand has many benefits as a treatment for many ailments, not to mention the fact that even as a recreational drug, it is much less harmful than alcohol, which is still legal last time I checked.
      It is obviously quite common for drunks to abuse their family members, cause fights and incite violence, cause car accidents, not to mention the health problems it causes, like liver disease and stomach problems, along with many other illnesses.
      When’s the last time you heard about someone smoking a joint and going home to beat the crap out of their wives or children? It doesn’t happen.
      And when’s the last time you heard about someone overdosing on marijuana? Never. Because it doesn’t happen.
      So tell me again how marijuana is just like crack? Oh, that’s right, it isn’t.
      It’s just more Reefer Madness nonsense designed to fool the perpetually ignorant.

      • On the other hand, medical marijuana isn’t always like street weed.

      • Sovereignty First

        Yes….now go toke another “crackhead” and put your schizoid feelings back in that bong!!! Marijuana is dangerous PERIOD! Be VIGILANT AND SOBER for these ARE THE LAST DAYS!!!

        • SP_88

          For marijuana to be “dangerous” there has to be a serious risk of some sort of bodily injury or harm. There isn’t. Plus, you are ignoring years of research and proof that marijuana has medical benefits.
          What harm or bodily injury do you claim marijuana causes, and where is your proof?
          So far all you’ve done is spew nonsense and bullshit. Everything you’ve said is based on lies that were long ago debunked.
          If you have any actual proof of your outrageous claims, let’s see it.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Urine idiot. Go back to sleep. Oh, roight. You already ARE.

      • Sovereignty First

        Another crackhead/junkie offended by truth…GET SOBER and CLEAN UP YOUR FILTHY LIFE!!!

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Fuck off and DIE. You are just another loose cannon looking for an excuse to go off. Sounds like…….COB, to me. One MORE time: FUCK. OFF. AND. DIE. COCKSUCKER.

          • Sovereignty First

            No, but you will FUCK OFF AND DIE smoking all that dope, destroying your brain and kungs. Oh, you don’t brain because you do DRUGS!!! (((((LMAO))))))

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            When did ‘brain’ become a verb, Einsteinowizc? And while we’re here, what’s a ‘kung’? BRILLIANT! Quoite the rebuttal there, sucknuts…..Oh, I get it: Fung Uu Cung Kung Yung Oh Yoo…..ahhh so, assho.

    • The CIA introduced marijuana to South LA?

      • what if…

        Holy shit!

      • Sovereignty First

        Yeeaaaah….and they FORCED you to sell and use, too??? GTHO.

  • SP_88

    This crooked old man should either do his job or GTFO of Washington. While he worries himself about sick people and the marijuana they use to get better, quite effectively I might add, real criminals are running rampant in Washington, thumbing their nose at the law, and raking in millions of dollars through their crooked dealings.
    Jeff Sessions needs to go. He has no clue what the American people want. It isn’t up to him what laws the American people want enforced, and which laws they want abolished. That’s up to us.
    The fact that marijuana is still a schedule 1 drug just shows that they are willfully ignorant of its benefits or they are keeping it illegal because they actually work for big pharma, and they are more interested in their profits than our health or our freedom.

    • TrevorD

      “they are more interested in their profits than our health or our freedom.”
      Bang on the truth…

  • Guy Fawkes

    Session needs an intervention. Goes after Marijuana but treason, murder, satanism, and pedophilia is OK with Sessions.

    FIRE THE SOB, TRUMP, OR MEET THE DEPLORABLE’S IN THE STREETS.

    OK…..I think we have finally gone into the twilight zone. What year is this?

    • It isn’t November the 5th, yet, Guy.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      The Year Of Taking Our Country BACK.

  • what if…

    And STILL most of the slaves cant have it! Lucky for those who
    dont want to feel better! Keep working & suffer on fellow slaves!
    We’ll feel better in our next life, if we’re lucky. Have a nice
    cocktail, beer or 2 or 4! Now THAT will keep our minds off serving
    our masters in this world. Guarans.

    Cheer up, at least we can be obedient and subservient to our great
    and hard driving wealthy communist slave masters! Thanks for fucking
    up our lives with slave-labor prisons for victim-less crimes while
    letting las Vegas terrorists, Hitlery, the pedophiles, gun-runners,
    deadly smack dealers, and satanists usually get off not only
    scott-free, but rich too !

    • TrevorD

      Excellent….love that.

      • what if…

        Thanks Trevor, for your love of truth.

  • Andrew Miller

    You people aren’t thinking this through. This is a GOOD thing. I’ve been hoping this would happen ever since Colorado and Washington legalized. There’s a reason the Obama regime never enforced on anyone. They were scared of the possible consequences. While Sessions is honest in his dislike of any and all drugs, he might be looking at the rest of the issue, as a conservative, more favorably.

    Why do we have federal drug laws? The feds get the power to make and enforce drug laws the same way they get the power to do everything else they do, which is THE COMMERCE CLAUSE of the constitution. For decades, it has been interpreted to give maximum power to the feds, so they can regulate ANYTHING that has to do with interstate commerce.

    Those stoners in Colorado and Washington had no clue what a big can of worms, regarding government power, they opened when they voted for legal weed.

    As soon as the feds enforce on one seller in a state that has legalized weed, they create a plaintiff who will have standing in the federal courts to challenge it. Any challenge to the enforcement of the federal drug laws will include the rational for their existence in the first place. It will force a reexamination of the commerce clause, and if that goes the right way, it will have a huge impact on federal power across the board, not just with drugs. I believe this is the real reason the Obama administration never enforced on anyone. They were worried about the outcome of the legal challenge.

    I hope Sessions does it. It will kick everything up to the next level, and then there’s a possibility of good things happening from it.

    • what if…

      Would you still say it was a good thing if YOU had to spend 10 years in a slave labor prison where you got less than a dollar an hour to make the corporations rich for a victimless invented “crime” against yourself?

      • Andrew Miller

        That noise is the sound of the point I made passing through the vast empty space between your ears.

      • Andrew Miller

        I’ll try to make it simple for you. I am in favor of legal weed everywhere. Do you want that to be a permanent condition, or do you want it to go on forever the way it is now, with the constant threat of the feds shutting it down? There’s only one way to change the feds authority over this, AND MANY OTHER THINGS, and that starts with one enforcement action, AND THE LAWSUIT THAT WILL FOLLOW IT. Is that simple enough for you?

    • 2016usaofzimbabwe
    • Conservatives have never had to legitimately justify their actions as being in support of freedom since they became better known as the fascists that they emulate.

    • TrevorD

      Interesting view point

  • It is not Paranoia

    Well, we hate you too you fucking asshole!

  • UranusSmiling

    Netanyahu tells Sessions what to do?

    Or,

    Does howdy-doody have wooden balls?

  • billyjackeng

    The legalization must really be hitting the theft and corruption of law enforcement and government thieves.

  • Frank Energy

    1) If you want to send an email to Sessions, do so here, I did

    https://www.justice.gov/doj/webform/your-message-department-justice

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    I strongly suggest that YOU GO TO MOTHERFUCKING HELL, Jeff-eee. Need any HELP???

  • ALberto

    Just an aside here. “Religion is a gateway psychosis.” Dave Foley of “Kids in the hall” fame.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      “I amm K-k-k-krushink yorr hedd!!”

  • Rob

    they’ll take my bud when they pry it from my cold dead hand.

  • Hassenbensober

    Marijuana causes violence? Sessions needs to stop watching Reefer Madness.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      “Faster! Lie FASTER!!”
      Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Like that 2nd pieceapie last nite…..burp.

  • Bavak

    Yea Jeff, thats the most important thing right now. Dummy

  • CozmicSeer

    For Sessions, the experts he gets his info from following definition: An expert is someone who learns more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing. The Kebler elf has shown a total disdain for the Constitution and thinks that his opinion is the only thing that counts and to hell with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as well as states’ rights. He is the definition of an enemy of the people of this country and belongs behind bars more so than someone who wants to have a little happiness with a buzz!

  • Terry Harnden

    Obviously he has been compromised, bought out and/or brainwashed be big pharma at the bottom of the swamp.

  • junktex

    Sessions is another corrupt P.O.S. like Holder and Lynch.

  • Jim Estes

    Lighting a fattie right now in homage to our wonderful AG.

  • Sovereignty First

    BWHAAHAHA…You can’t argue with me, junkie. Go get stoned!