Jeff Sessions DOJ Marijuana Policies Will Likely Not Stand Test of Public

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WASHINGTON D.C. - United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is not making friends when it comes to marijuana policy. Bill Maher, a left leaning political commentator and comedian with the popular HBO series "Real Time with Bill Maher" and the formerly popular ABC series "Politically Incorrect" has had harsh words about the policies as have some Democrats in Congress. But Congressional Republicans are not supportive of Sessions' stance on marijuana policies at the Department of Justice.

The AG oversees the DOJ, but Congress has more power to make legislative changes and apply pressure on the DOJ and president alike. Their constituents thus far have been urging them to do just that too. Additionally, on the public front, websites and news outlets have covered this controversy. Petitions like this one on Care2 have already nearly reached their goals for signatures for legalizing marijuana and sending a message to Sessions. As of this writing, petition goal was 60,000 signatures and the count thus far is at 58,672.

For us, Attorney General's Sessions' decision to crack down on pot in states whose voters have legalized its use for recreational — and even medical — purposes is as personal as it is alarming. It's an assault on our health, our rights, and the power of our individual votes to change wrongheaded policies like the criminalization of marijuana users.
-Marijuana Legalization Supporters targeting US Senators and Representatives

The comments section is where the real nuggets of truth are:

Use of marijuana should be decriminalized, legalized and taxed to fight the big drug problems of heroin, crack, methamphetamines. These are the drugs that fuel rampant carjackings, burglaries, home invasions. The revolving door only worsens by not addressing the core medical issues of addiction. Don't build more prisons; turn existing prisons into focused treatment and true rehabilitation. Use tax dollars generated on marijuana, which is NOT a gateway drug. Marijuana poses less of a societal problem than alcohol. Let's prioritize appropriately!
-Cindy S.

Many in Congress are feeling the public pressure but also have reservations about Sessions' cannabis crackdown anyway. Republican Congressman Ron Paul told CNN such in an interview. He said he believed that President Trump should fire AG Jeff Sessions.

The government has for many decades claimed that marijuana is a dangerous drug that can be used to fund criminal enterprises, which is exactly what alcohol was used for in the 1920s-30s in the United States when it was made illegal under prohibition laws similar to the prohibition of marijuana - except that alcohol is many times more addictive and dangerous but more socially accepted by the white (European, WASP or White Anglo Saxon Protestant) culture that dominated the policies of early America. This memorandum explains the "guidance" recently given to attorney generals in various districts and jurisdictions.

According to an article in The Week, Republican lawmakers are coming after Sessions for his performance at the DOJ but more specifically in regard to his decision to back peddle Obama era policies of not meddling with states' decisions to legalize (for medical or recreational use) or decriminalize marijuana. The memorandum specifically describes some sort of conflict in cooperating between federal and state agencies but this problem was not brought up until Jeff Sessions came into the AG position at the DOJ.

Lawkmakers in Colorado, North Carolina and Ohio have been among some strong critics of the policies, making their protests quite vocal according to the Week article.

It is already fairly obvious to anyone that marijuana has gradually become more socially acceptable over time since the counterculture revolution happened in the United States in the 1960s, though many were using it prior to that too. Much of the history of its prohibition relates to racist policies, which seems ironic considering the racially charged tones that have come with this entire administration since day one.

The public will not likely support Jeff Sessions or any other hardliner on marijuana at this point.