Congress Agrees to Give Jeff Sessions $0 to Wage War on Medical Marijuana

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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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  • Frank

    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 10th Amendment, US Constitution

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  • David E

    the list is only 44 states. whats up with the other six?

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      I can only speak w/ any certainty about my own state, but it’s probably a safe bet that they still have an “outright prohibition” on weed just like here in Idahodia….

      • David E

        That’s not it…there’s only 29 medical states plus D.C.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Hmmmm. Ya got me then, too. Lemme know if you find out more, and I’ll do the same.

          • David E

            Other articles on this subject make it more plain…the 44 states include not just medical but also states that legalized only CBD extracts and/or industrial hemp. Mystery solved. BTW my state isn’t on the list either, Kansas. I’d honestly expect it to be the last rather than Idaho, but I’d expect we both hope we are wrong. My state legislators refuse to even discuss it and treat me with contempt for even suggesting it.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Hell, I personally know (ok, knew) two people who DISAPPEARED for “mentioning it”. One was at a “May Day Is Jay Day” event @ the City Park in downtown Twin Falls, back when. The other was the organizer of the event. Hey, they said they wanted to make the evening news…..They did, but not the way they’d hoped…..The organizer got 5 years in the pokey when she finally ‘resurfaced’. Never did hear what happened to her while she was gone….

          • David E

            My cannabis activism got me busted. I’m charged with intent to sell over a 1/4 lb. There was absolutely NO probable cause for the search; the police took hypotheticals and philosophical things I said about marijuana from emails I sent to a legislator and completely twisted them to get a search warrant. For instance, mentioning that I’d like to be a care provider cause I have a green thumb was changed to make it appear I currently was growing cannabis.

            I have been on bond for two years, this thing is dragging out so badly…they avoid speedy trial problems because in Kansas the clock doesn’t start running until you’re arraigned…arraigned for these purposes means a plea is given. The court will not take a plea from me. Of course the legislature intended for arraignments to be prompt (within twelve days of being arrested) but since our Supreme Court has held that the clock doesn’t start ticking when the arraignment is supposed to be held, only when it is held, and violating the twelve day rule for arraignment is of no consequence, there is no speedy trial violation even if they take several years to get you to trial instead of the 180 days the legislature intended. They ignore the constitution because they have a statute that controls.

            But soon, if there are no more continuances, my motion for suppression will come on for hearing…and if Kansas courts are horrible with understanding that slow isn’t speedy regardless of games with arraignment, they are much better with correctly dealing with 4th amendment violations…they do not tolerate cops who lie to get search warrants. So I expect the case to be dismissed before too long and I hope for a mighty payday after I sue in response.

  • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

    Notice Idahodia is conspicuously absent from the list. I knew I wasn’t wrong when I said this more than 10 years ago the 1st time: We will be the LAST state of the Onion to legalize it…….whoopee.

    • Rick E.

      I used to live in Idaho. GREAT country and beauty, but horrid, myopic, and archaic laws seem to be the rule there!

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        We resemble those remarks…….Whereabouts here didja live?

        • Rick E.

          I lived in Boise, Nampa, and up Robie Creek, which was kinda near Idaho City. What about you?

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            My folks packed us all up and moved to Boise in ’67. Then over the years I’ve lived in Meridian, Glenn’s Ferry, Buhl, Twin Falls, Nampa, and now back in Meridiot. Depending on how long ago you lived up @ Robie Crick, you might not recognize it now. Nuthin’ but yupper-crust ‘show off your income’ houses……..

          • Rick E.

            I bet that you’re right! I lived right near the now-gone Pines Tavern, and went to many a party there! I lived about 900 feet from the Tavern at Buzz and Dot’s. I lived there in the late 70’s. The last time I lived in Idaho was in 2001.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Holy cow, I was in a couplethree bands that played at both those places right in that era!! I’m gonna hafta really rack my brain to remember the names of those bands now tho. And Buzz&Dot’s was our fave watering hole back in my dirtbike daze, also (’71 Bultaco El Montadero — I MISS that bike)…..

          • David E

            Coolness, I play in bands too…

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Weeelll, I’m mostly a studio co-owner now (w/ my future ex-wife…hey, she calls ME her ‘insignificant other’!). I also am a studio session guitarist for hire around this valley (you’d be surprised how many stoodios there are around here, and we’re stayin’ busy, most of us), and have pretty much given up on the band scene as there is no money in it anymore. I was talking about the mid/late ’70s w/ Rick in out back&forth earlier. What instrument(s) do you play? What kinda style(s)? Got any links to your toonage? Here’s a couple of ours: https://www.reverbnation.com/bearbonesproductions — Trax 1&2 are all me except for the drums on Track 1 (yes that’s my dying-yak vocal ‘stylization’ — I can’t get a real singer to touch it, due to the subject matter), and Trax 3&4 are the last working band I was in that actually made money, ’bout 5-6 yrs. ago.

            https://www.reverbnation.com/dirtyleslie — We’re pretty much just a recording entity @ this point; we’ve played a few gigs, buy have been on hiatus for a year now, anyway.

            http://www.bearbonesproductions.net/ — our stoodio website. The Rates & Songs pages and Gear List need updating, btw. We can’t find our webmaster!

          • David E

            Guitar is my main instrument but I can play anything with strings (more or less, depending on how much I practice) and keys, and drums. Not a very good drummer, but I have recorded a few tracks that worked when I spliced them together…

            I do not post any of my songs since I don’t have copyrights, but I don’t mind sharing here and there. If there’s a contact email on your webpage I’ll send you one.

            Maybe, since my state isn’t going to legalize cannabis any sooner than yours, I should go to Idaho.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Welcome, mon! You said you’re in Kansas, right? We have a leetle bit better weather here, and (‘cept for last year) milder winters, believe it or not. We have mountains, too. Spec-TAC-U-lar mountains. I’ve been to Kansas to see relatives (Wichita and infamous, legendary Grenola) long ago. You don’t even have pimple hills! Ok, Nebraska is still even flatter…..
            Yeah, my email addy is on the last page of our stoodio website, just under our lovely model Michelle’s sultry countenance. I’d love to hear your stuff! I just saw you leave a new post saying you have 2488 also? How cool is that? Ya do realize that if your machine is older than a Neo, we can share whole song files on data disk, meaning we can play on each other’s stuff, and send disks back. Mail is slower, but more reliable, and I don’t grok Dropbox yet anyway, and may never. I’m an old analog dood, mon. That has become a rich man’s game now however. The 2488, especially with my analog front-end (mixer&outboard rack gear), is as close to being familiar to what I’ve recorded with for the last 20+ yrs as anything out there, and I absolutely refuse to become a Pro Tools Foole, or anything remotely resembling it. The ONLY upgrade I will even consider is to RADAR. That however, is ALSO a rich man’s game….

          • David E

            I do have a neo. However, I can import any WAV file into it. I think our machines should be compatible. I sometimes have midi linked an 8-track digital Tascam to get 32 tracks. That was older than any 2488, neo or not, and I had no problem moving the tracks.

            I’m currently having some dropbox trouble trying to attach a song. I might have to convert to MP3.

            I lived in Wichita for about 20 yrs, but have moved back to SE Kansas (Fort Scott) where it is hardly flat at all, pretty much foothills of the ozarks around here, that would probably qualify as Idaho pimples.

            A Heinlein fan, eh? Me too. We have a lot in common it would seem.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            And Simak. And Golden-era Van Vogt (guilty pleasure. So sue me, r-r-r). And Sheckley&Bloch for their satirical SF. And Pohl, especially “Age Of The Pussyfoot”. I even like William Gibson and his cyberpunk stuff. I think he writes much better short stories than novels, but the same can definitely be said about Van Vogt.
            Yeah, WAVs oughta work back&forth. Coolness!
            Ooooohhhh, noooo! Not Mp3s! The 8-track of digital audio!

          • David E

            I finally re-grokked dropbox. I sent a WAV. check your email 🙂

          • David E

            And by the way, for six of the last ten winters, we had january days with highs in the 80’s and not very often dropping below freezing. It didn’t used to be like that. If Idaho has milder winters than THAT, it’s too hot.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Nooo, you ‘win’. Yikes. We had 4 feet of snow this last winter, most since ’83. Got down to -10 for a week straight, too. First time for THAT maybe ever…

          • David E

            I have a Tascam 2488 too.

          • David E

            Ummm…I can understand the trouble getting someone to sing track two due to content. Don’t see what’s wrong with track one’s content but I can’t grok the enunciation so much.

            Track three’s riff is a Moby Dick ripoff, but that’s ok since Jimmy Page probably ripped it off too. I’m sure you’ve heard that before…

            I like it though. Don’t take “ripoff” negatively…who hasn’t?

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Hey, I didn’t write the song; I joined the band as an add-on and it was already part of their list. It was a bit too close, but a gas to play nonetheless. That was arguably the most fun band I ever played with. Most adventurous, for certain. We use to literally ‘write’ a song out of thin air, ON STAGE, and even tell the audience before the song started. That’ll give ya nerves of steel, I tell ya!

          • David E

            ok, listening to It Don’t Mena Thing several times I understand most of the lyrics. I don’t see the problem with content there. It’s actually rather clever…I like it.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Sorry. On the ‘verbnation page, scroll down on the right side ’til you come across “Artist Blog”. Lyrics are in there, first up.

    • Clementine

      I’m shocked Utah is on there… or as I like to call them Utards, they are behind the times way farther than I ever thought of in regards to Idaho.

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        Noooo. WE are the tail-draggers in this realm. Thank Guvnor Weasel…..

        • David E

          No, I insist governor Brownback sux much worse.

  • CozmicSeer

    Actually, they ought to charge him and those in his department for any and all time spent on this losing stance of his(with interest.) When it comes to Sessions, I’m reminded of the lines from a song called “Sunshine”: He can’t even run his own life, I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine.

  • Rick E.

    How nice of our overlords! They shouldn’t be regulating/mandating what we choose to put into our bodies ANYWAY.
    The hypocrisy is stunning, as alcohol and tobacco are proven to be harmful, yet no mention of those drugs–and yes, they ARE drugs.
    If one chooses to poison one’s liver, or smoke tobacco till one drops, so be it!
    And the same should be considered for marijuana.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Oh, nooooo. Dog forbid the sheeple/sleeple actually thinking ”outside the box”………….

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        Or, worse yet, realize that there are no boxes.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          That, too. Thank our ejjamuhkayshunull sisdumb…………

  • jimmy joe

    I would love to ball bat its head,then laugh uncontrollably at it!!!

  • Jeri Brace

    looks like ol jeff can’t wage his just say no sequel with empty pockets, hahaha

  • Jimmy Yost

    Sessions is making himself look more and more stupid. If he doesn’t lighten up he’ll lose what little credibility he has left.

  • Rick

    Mr Sessions,please go back to 1937. You belong there.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      As Anslinger’s go-fer, mebbe? Sounds nearly suitable.

      • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

        More like Anslinger’s cock holster.

  • Radioman63

    The sooner that everyone gets onboard with “Jury Nullification”, the sooner we can do away with these silly laws, such as what happened with prohibition!

    • David E

      right on!