Jeff Sessions' bad trip on marijuana policy | Editorial – lehighvalleylive.com

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ belief that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” isn’t just archaic. It’s fueling what could become an all-out assault by the Justice Department to close dispensaries and turn back the marijuana clock in states that have legalized its recreational use.

And what of the many thousands of sick people who use medical marijuana?

What of the children who can’t control their seizures with prescription medicine, but find relief in a non-smokable, non-euphoric form of cannabis?

What of veterans coping with post traumatic stress disorder, who find themselves at legal odds with the nation they defended?

What of people suffering from a wasting syndrome, the side effects of chemotherapy, or the sight-robbing effects of glaucoma?

Are they bad people?

The American people know the answer to this. By huge margins (94 percent, in a recent Quinnipiac poll) they support legalization of medical marijuana, and by lesser but significant majorities (61 percent, in a recent CBS poll), for recreational use. The numbers go higher when pollsters ask if the federal government should force Colorado, Washington, California and other states to abandon their regulated pot programs.

Sessions wants to enforce the federal law that recognizes marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, on a par with heroin and cocaine. Last week it was disclosed that he has medical marijuana in his sights, too.

In a month-old letter made public Monday, Sessions asked Senate and House leaders to revoke the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, a 2014 measure that prohibits the federal government from clamping down on states that passed laws legalizing medical marijuana.

The rationale?

“The (Justice) department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives,” Sessions said, noting that medical marijuana use coincides with a deadly drug crisis

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