Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

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On Wednesday, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was narrowly confirmed as the new Attorney General in a 51-47 vote, split largely along party lines.

MPP released the following statement from its federal policies director, Robert Capecchi:

“MPP remains cautiously optimistic that the Trump administration will refrain from interfering in state marijuana laws. When asked about his plans for marijuana enforcement, Attorney General Sessions said he ‘echo[es]’ the position taken by Loretta Lynch during her confirmation hearings. He repeatedly acknowledged the scarcity of enforcement resources, and he said he would ensure they are used as effectively as possible to stop illicit drugs from being trafficked into the country.

“President Trump has consistently said that states should be able to determine their own marijuana laws, and his spokesperson made it clear that the attorney general will be implementing the Trump agenda. We are hopeful that Mr. Sessions will follow the president’s lead and respect states’ rights on marijuana policy.

“A strong and growing majority of Americans think marijuana should be made legal, and an even stronger majority think the federal government should respect state marijuana laws. Eight states have adopted laws that regulate and tax marijuana for adult use, and 28 states now have laws that regulate marijuana for medical use. It would be shocking if the Trump administration attempted to steamroll the citizens and governments in these states to enforce an increasingly unpopular federal policy.”

Sessions was asked about marijuana policy on multiple occasions during the confirmation process. During his oral testimony, he conspicuously refrained from committing to enforce federal marijuana prohibition laws in states that are regulating marijuana for medical and adult use, noting the scarcity of resources available. In his written testimony, he said he “echo[es]” the comments made by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, when she was asked about marijuana enforcement during her confirmation hearing.

President Donald Trump has consistently said that he supports legal access to medical marijuana and believes states should be able to determine their own marijuana policies. During a January appearance on Fox News Channel, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer signaled that Sessions would adhere to Trump’s position that states should be able to establish their own marijuana policies. “When you come into a Trump administration, it’s the Trump agenda you’re implementing and not your own,” he said. “I think Senator Sessions is well aware of that.”

 


32 responses to “Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General”

  1. well that not what I heard jeff S state ” he stated if the American people do not want ag office to enforce MJ laws they should repeal them ” Jell is jerk off thinking we can change policy by voting out hundreds over policy change so to make the federal government comply with the people The Truth is Jeff S as AG will come to attack every legalize cannabis state and jail everyone who is license as federal law prohibits Cannabis in any form and the supremacy clause allows the federal government to override state law , this means that no state law will be allowed in the federal court and everyone tried under their courts will not be able to use the state claim of state law , This, AG thinks only grow ups or good people never consider the used of Cannabis ever .. This guy is going to start a war

    • I agree with you 100%. JS stated that he liked the KKK until he found out that they smoked MJ. I wouldn’t trust him or the Trump administration to respect any State laws. Dictators don’t.

      • This apocryphal story, of AG Session’s off color joke about the KKK is, well, completely inaccurate, and plays right into the hands of butt hurt dupes and drones. Your surely being a liberal, I do not think that you care a whit about getting this story straight, or for that matter, anything else that you feel contaminates you in your ideological bubble, so aping that which has been promulgated by the legacy media will suit your and your ilk just fine.

    • You really don’t know, nor do you have any basis in fact, to level your accusations, that AG Sessions will act heavy handed with states and marijuana. You just don’t. I would rather take a cautious stance, and see how things unfold.

    • February 9, 2017 The White House The attack is on cannabis is under attack because its illegal left by the scab last president who refuse to legalize Now we have this ….

      Today the President signed three Executive Orders to fight crime, gangs, and drugs; restore law and order; and support the dedicated men and women of law enforcement.

      In the last year there has been violence and threats against law enforcement officials. These attacks on police are attacks on all Americans.

      These Executive Orders recognize that the most important crime-fighting measure is to stand behind the officers who are on the front lines. The people who risk their lives every day to protect Americans need to know they are supported 100 percent.

      That is why this first executive order will place the government firmly on the side of federal, state, tribal, and local law enforcement. This will ensure that funding supports officers on the street, and anyone who tries to do them harm will be aggressively prosecuted.

      The second Executive Order will instruct the Attorney General to form a task force to look at how crime can be reduced and public safety increased.

      The third Executive Order instructs the Attorney General to form a separate task force to focus on destroying transnational criminal organizations and drug cartels. These dangerous groups bring drugs and violence to once- peaceful neighborhoods in the United States and around the world. They have fueled addiction and fatal overdoses. They will no longer operate with impunity in this country or this hemisphere.

    • This is your answer
      Trumps throws another EXECUTIVE ORDER to enforce arrests of illegal drugs

      – – – – – – –

      ENFORCING FEDERAL LAW WITH RESPECT TO TRANSNATIONAL CRIMINAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PREVENTING INTERNATIONAL TRAFFICKING

      By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

      Section 1. Purpose. Transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including transnational drug cartels, have spread throughout the Nation, threatening the safety of the United States and its citizens. These organizations derive revenue through widespread illegal conduct, including acts of violence and abuse that exhibit a wanton disregard for human life. They, for example, have been known to commit brutal murders, rapes, and other barbaric acts.

      These groups are drivers of crime, corruption, violence, and misery. In particular, the trafficking by cartels of controlled substances has triggered a resurgence in deadly drug abuse and a corresponding rise in violent crime related to drugs. Likewise, the trafficking and smuggling of human beings by transnational criminal groups risks creating a humanitarian crisis. These crimes, along with many others, are enriching and empowering these organizations to the detriment of the American people.

      A comprehensive and decisive approach is required to dismantle these organized crime syndicates and restore safety for the American people.

      Sec. 2. Policy. It shall be the policy of the executive branch to:

      (a) strengthen enforcement of Federal law in order to thwart transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including criminal gangs, cartels, racketeering organizations, and other groups engaged in illicit activities that present a threat to public safety and national security and that are related to, for example:

      (i) the illegal smuggling and trafficking of humans, drugs or other substances, wildlife, and weapons;

      (ii) corruption, cybercrime, fraud, financial crimes, and intellectual-property theft; or

      (iii) the illegal concealment or transfer of proceeds derived from such illicit activities.

      (b) ensure that Federal law enforcement agencies give a high priority and devote sufficient resources to efforts to identify, interdict, disrupt, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including through the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of members of such organizations, the extradition of members of such organizations to face justice in the United States and, where appropriate and to the extent permitted by law, the swift removal from the United States of foreign nationals who are members of such organizations;

      (c) maximize the extent to which all Federal agencies share information and coordinate with Federal law enforcement agencies, as permitted by law, in order to identify, interdict, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;

      (d) enhance cooperation with foreign counterparts against transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including, where appropriate and permitted by law, through sharing of intelligence and law enforcement information and through increased security sector assistance to foreign partners by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security;

      (e) develop strategies, under the guidance of the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security, to maximize coordination among agencies — such as through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), Special Operations Division, the OCDETF Fusion Center, and the International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center — to counter the crimes described in subsection (a) of this section, consistent with applicable Federal law; and

      (f) pursue and support additional efforts to prevent the operational success of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States, to include prosecution of ancillary criminal offenses, such as immigration fraud and visa fraud, and the seizure of the implements of such organizations and forfeiture of the proceeds of their criminal activity.

      Sec. 3. Implementation. In furtherance of the policy set forth in section 2 of this order, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence, or their designees, shall co chair and direct the existing interagency Threat Mitigation Working Group (TMWG), which shall:

      (a) work to support and improve the coordination of Federal agencies’ efforts to identify, interdict, investigate, prosecute, and dismantle transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations within and beyond the United States;

      (b) work to improve Federal agencies’ provision, collection, reporting, and sharing of, and access to, data relevant to Federal efforts against transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;

      (c) work to increase intelligence and law enforcement information sharing with foreign partners battling transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, and to enhance international operational capabilities and cooperation;

      (d) assess Federal agencies’ allocation of monetary and personnel resources for identifying, interdicting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, as well as any resources that should be redirected toward these efforts;

      (e) identify Federal agencies’ practices, any absence of practices, and funding needs that might hinder Federal efforts to effectively combat transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;

      (f) review relevant Federal laws to determine existing ways in which to identify, interdict, and disrupt the activity of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, and ascertain which statutory authorities, including provisions under the Immigration and Nationality Act, could be better enforced or amended to prevent foreign members of these organizations or their associates from obtaining entry into the United States and from exploiting the United States immigration system;

      (g) in the interest of transparency and public safety, and in compliance with all applicable law, including the Privacy Act, issue reports at least once per quarter detailing convictions in the United States relating to transnational criminal organizations and their subsidiaries;

      (h) to the extent deemed useful by the Co-Chairs, and in their discretion, identify methods for Federal agencies to coordinate, as permitted by law, with State, tribal, and local governments and law enforcement agencies, foreign law enforcement partners, public-health organizations, and non governmental organizations in order to aid in the identification, interdiction, and dismantling of transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations;

      (i) to the extent deemed useful by the Co-Chairs, and in their discretion, consult with the Office of National Drug Control Policy in implementing this order; and

      (j) within 120 days of the date of this order, submit to the President a report on transnational criminal organizations and subsidiary organizations, including the extent of penetration of such organizations into the United States, and issue additional reports annually thereafter to describe the progress made in combating these criminal organizations, along with any recommended actions for dismantling them.

      Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

      (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

      (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

      (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

      (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

      DONALD J. TRUMP

      • @massvocals by your second comment, it sounds like President Trump is going after criminals, not the mom & pop small backyard pot garden. The feds need to lighten up and get over it and legalize cannabis/marijuana so stores can sell it nationwide just like alcohol. Pre$ident Trump needs to look at cannabi$ from the busine$$ angle and realize all the dollar$ that federal cannabi$ sale$ – import/export taxe$ would generate! Goodbye deficit!

  2. ‘The scarcity of enforcement resources’…… There he goes again….. America is being raped for the sake of this inhumane drug war. Cut education. Cut everything. Just increase border and homeland security. I recall the question of a lady Senator in the hearing of General Kelly. ‘We spend more on border security etc. than we do on the budgets of the DEA and many other agencies combined’. There is NO ‘scarcity of resources’. Only a scarcity of open minded educated courageous people at the federal level. But WE will win. Take heart. He can never overturn what has been accomplished. Damned shame that he may try to stop progress though. SO many medical applications of mj only other countries will discover because of our financially biased unscientific federal policy. Yeah, He probably thinks if we throw even MORE money “resources” at pot and build a humongous wall finally we’ll win the drug war. Are diabetics and cancer patients next? Addiction is a MEDICAL problem not a criminal problem, and non-addicts have the human right to party and celebrate with alcohol and weed as we have for hundreds of years. You have no right to legislate morality. What is that cliche about insanity and doing the same thing expecting different results?

  3. Absolutely the number one thing that needs to be done, is remove cannabis/marijuana from the schedule 1 listing on the DEA’s list of controlled drugs. It’s more than stupid to keep forcing lies about cannabis. Alcohol, would be more suited to be scheduled in cannabis’s place.

  4. Y’all need to stop smoking “LIBTARD/DEMONRAT/PROGRESSIVE WEED”!!! All of what you said is “GARBAGE TALK”. I have been a Cannabis advocate for 30+ years. It has already been said, by President Trump, that “MARIJUANA LAWS” to be left up to the states. Period. Exclamation Point!!! This Administration will be giving more and more “POWER to the PEOPLE”, as is stated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. You will be “QUITE SURPRISED”, in the future, as to what happens under President Trump, and it will not be a negative for Marijuana Laws, or anything else…

  5. Teaching Medical institutions cannot prescribe medical marijuana unless it has been approved at the Federal level. This ‘hands off’ policy isn’t working for those of us who are in in grave need of medical.
    Meantime I take 6 gov’t approved Rx’s for seizures that don’t work ~ with significant negative side effects I might add.
    Until approved at the Federal level, my medical institutions’ hands are tied.

    And I continue to suffer from Intractable Seizures.

  6. How could the Republicans put Sessions up as someone who would be good for anything let alone MJ approval.
    When Trump picked this guy he must have had his head so far up his ass that he couldn’t see straight.

  7. Sessions stated that if Congress wants marijuana to be legal, then they should pass a law according it legal status.
    It’s time we put on a full court press to push our Congressmen/women and Senators to, at minimum, force cannabis to be rescheduled to a lower category, if not full legalization, thus permitting more research and doctors to prescribe it, accordingly, along with making it more readily available, legally, in places where it is not already.
    This would also remove the constraints on the industry, for banking and tax purposes.

    • You are right Rocky. If all cannabis consumers (who are medically capable) contact their representatives in person (it has a bigger impact) about getting cannabis to be treated the same as alcohol and get it REMOVED COMPLETELY from the list of federally controlled drugs, it might just happen, if they get bugged or bothered about it enough. I’ve talking with representatives in my area about cannabis and how to get it removed, at least, from the #1 schedule spot on the DEA’s list of federal controlled drugs for now. Cannabis really needs to be treated like alcohol. Make it available to all adults, just like alcohol. In the “Wine Country” folks have a glass a wine in one hand and a doobie in the other! Just legalize it, come on Congressmen & Congresswomen, how about it? Put a final end to federal cannabis/marijuana prohibition and make some good history for a change.

      • I am in Arkansas and we just passed medicinal. We are the first southern state to do so. At Arkansas True Grass on Facebook we have a group of almost 8000 people who support total legalization. I am sure you can imagine our frustration attempting to make it happen. We are not in the process of getting an amendment approved by our Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Rutledge has made it very clear that she does not support legal marijuana but will do the will of the people. However some of our state Reps. including Sen. Rapert and Rep. Douglas House and many more are sending House bills and Senate bills to change what Arkansans have voiced they want legal. Over 585,000 Arkansans voted for medicinal and now they are trying to take it away from us. Those few of us that fight for total legalization are tired of the government telling us what we can and cannot do. We are not children that need a parent or a government to save us from a plant. A plant that is natural medicine. I for one am very upset with the leaders of our country that want to silence the voice of the people. Help us here in Arkansas. We need funds to continue to make legalization a reality. But no one want to support us financially as of yet.

  8. Like the Prohibitionist Attorney Generals that preceded him, Über-Prohibitionist Sessions thankfully has very few avenues to affect change in this area.

    Because of the anti-commandeering doctrine, etc., the Feds can’t make states recriminalize mj or make local officers enforce federal prohibition, so patients in 29 mmj states & adults in 8+ rec mj states will always be able to possess & use (& in some states, grow & gift) mj.

    The Feds can, however, shut down all state-regulated, commercial mj activity & force patients & consumers back into the black market – which means more unregulated growing that’ll end up across state lines & in the hands of minors, & less patient access to more specialized & refined, non-psychoactive forms of mmj (the kinds most beneficial to sick children, etc.).

    In other words, Prohibitionists like Sessions can only make the situation worse by any metric – even their own.

    “[A] federal crackdown would backfire by producing an atomized, anarchic, state-legalized, but unregulated marijuana market that federal drug enforcers could neither contain nor force the states to contain.”

    https://www.brookings.edu/research/marijuana-policy-and-presidential-leadership-how-to-avoid-a-federal-state-train-wreck/amp/?client=safari

    • Patient patient , you leave out the real factors respectfully? why limited? , the many who have invested millions here in Massachusetts’s and people vote for liberty is reason enough to come to arms The coming from Massachusetts the senators and house members already have enacted new law, a new prohibition on the petition law changing it and the medical law to regulated to their prohibitionist judgemental factor They are assholes they also voted themselves a pay raise double in most cases starting with, Senator Stanley Rosenberg
      [email protected] 617 722-1500 Senator Bruce Tarr [email protected] 617 722-1600Senator John Keenan [email protected]@mahouse.gov 617 722-2180
      Rep. Paul [email protected] 617 722-2582 Rep. Louis Kafka [email protected] 722-2430 Rep. Donald Wong [email protected] 617 722-2080
      Consider the federal government the evidence that Q WE the People do not control our lives and liberty even if we vote
      so you have sir counted out the most important factor : When they send you to jail for violation of federal law for growing over 100 cannabis plants to life in jail under federal law Then you can not uses your license from the state for a defense due to federal court rules jurisdiction, Meanwhile you sit in federal jail and the cost of defence wipe out all your cash I asked after seeing this when will we cause a revolution When ?

      • Most of you have no clue what’s going on what is at stake . When 29 + states vote for legalization and feds which are limited to law by the constitution that no federal law should be past on to the states that respect for 10 amen which provides for the people rights within the state to change and abolish laws there laws within the state and not service by federal jurisdictional venue not present within the state lands as this was done under prohibition of alcohol so it must be done with cannabis However trump is going to attack and make war with every state that has legalize outside medical . This is dead wrong This is more like Nixon bull shit I thought the man Trump had more since but i say liberty and will of the people to used and supply there endocannabinoid systems is more important now than ever. I would hope it would not become a war but it seems it will be just that a power play, Every agent of federal government would be an enemy of every legal state and its citizen We can not have two Masters this is why the federal government been so busy Gemini laws matching the state law for federal government since 1933 wants total power , This federal government is limited by the federal constitution our agreement and there is no drug law amendment within such agreement , all this drug statue is is made along side of state statute under federal crimes base on Lies no one drug law within the federal government is fruthered by such lies as cannabis law Its un – constitutional given power to regulate to prohibitionist assholes the constitution of united States does effectivly allow alcohol after the federal government fought killed and jailed millions

        • A lot of people agree with you. I am pissed off about the fact that “they” insist on forcing “Reefer Madness” lies about cannabis down everyone’s throats. Damn it, it’s 2017!!! Why keep up with the 1930s mentality about cannabis. Right now, the DEA is using medical doctors to act as their policemen to help enforce “federal” cannabis law, by withholding anymore refill prescriptions for needed “narcotic” medications. Yep. Patients are being drug tested (some without their knowledge) for THC. If THC is found, patients are informed by their primary care physician that if patients use any cannabis products then the doctor cannot prescribe anymore narcotics. Cannabis is considered a schedule 1 drug by the DEA on the federal level. Schedule 1 drugs are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. The DEA regulates doctors use of narcotics, therefore we will restrict narcotics to patients who use cannabis products. This tactic needs to end. Soon, very soon. If folks cannot get the relief they need from their doctor…

          • To correct my statement above we at Arkansas True Grass a total legalization group on Facebook are in the process of getting an amendment approved for total legalization. She has denied 8 submissions since Nov. 2016 and denied an amendment that she had previously approved stating ambiguities. We are fed up with the federal government. It angers me how ignorant they thing we are. The Dept. of Health has owned a patient on Cannabis as medicine since 2003. Patent # 6630507 while keeping Marijuana on a schedule 1 list. How can this be if a Sch. 1 drug has no medicinal value. THIS HAS TO STOP BEFORE THERE IS A REVOLUTION. WE ARE LONG OVERDUE AND THE GOVT. HAS TOO MUCH CONTROL.

  9. “When you come into a Drumpf administration, it’s the Drumpf agenda you’re implementing and not your own”

    …Great. Sounds like democracy in action.

  10. I am not worried one bit about the new attorney general. I am quite hopeful he will respect the science of cannabis. It is a new day and time. Besides, his boss (as he probably is as well) is way more interested and concerned with going after the crooks who are making the profits keeping the drug war intact. My interbeing is telling me not to worry.

  11. Just change the schedule for mj, and Illinois can legalize it and we can balance the budget.
    It would make life a whole like easier for the people of Illinois. …..

  12. Illinois Cannabis Criminals are currently excluded from receiving health care (in the form of cannabis therapy) based solely on a past and paid for criminal record.

    Am I wrong in believing wrongful exclusion is a painful form of bullying?

    Should not this exclusion be removed from HB1…in the same way that formerly excluded firearm owners were originally excluded …only later to be included… by some legal method unbeknownst to me…and every other attorney to whom I have posed the question.

    Please stop the bullying?…continues to fall on deaf ears?

  13. My interbeing is telling me not to worry. – Mike

    Hey Mike…uuhhhmmm…I would suggest you further question your interbeing…ask your interbeing how it may feel when it ( interbeing) is sitting in a steel cage?

    I’m not positive Mr. Sessions cares very much about your interbeing.

    Drug War Redux is their game…ain’t it a shame…that we The People are so very passive and trusting of oligarchic schemes.

    The trusting passive weak Citizens deserve what they get,Mike.

    Keep thinking Mike…trust your “interbeing”… very very carefully!

    Amusing or tragic?

    • I think that the president and all of his appointed cabinet members should continue doing what got him elected, doing what the majority of the want. I think when he stops doing this it’s time for him to go

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