Baker Urges US Attorney to Focus 'Limited Resources' on Fentanyl, Not Marijuana

Senator Cory Gardner

"Thousands of jobs at risk, millions of dollars in revenue, and certainly the question of constitutional states' rights, very much at the core of this discussion". Sessions' announcement undoubtedly was in response to the California law legalizing recreational marijuana, which took effect January 1. And it's just one more item on the Trump administration's list of "Obama actions" that a president obsessed with the record of his predecessor wants to undo. The frequency of violence committed by someone under the influence of marijuana is normally far below that of legal alcohol. Congress is responsible for passing and upholding the CSA, which defines marijuana as a substance that supposedly has no medical benefit and is as risky as heroin. "We were told that by then-candidate Donald Trump", he said during his speech Thursday.

"I think the big message to the U.S. attorney's office should be if you have limited resources let's focus on the thing that's killing people here every day in the commonwealth which is street drugs and fentanyl", Baker told reporters. That includes workers at all ends of the marijuana supply chain, from farmers to transporters to sellers.

Contrary to what many believe, marijuana laws continue to be enforced.

"Trump needs to realize that a lot of his supporters are pro-cannabis and it would be extremely hurtful to them if he allowed Sessions to move forward with this", said Damara Kelso, a Trump voter who runs Sugar Shack Farms, a marijuana grower in Eugene, Oregon. "If they go to 7-11 to pick up cannabis, they're willing to pay 10 to 15 percent on top of what they get on the street". "We'll give Jeff Sessions our legal pot", they tweeted, "when he pries it from our warm, extremely interesting to look at hands". Eight states, including MA, have legalized recreational use for adults.

With a total of 29 states and the District of Columbia now allowing for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs, there will be significant attention on whether the DOJ follows through on the apparent aggressive stance signaled by the move to rescind the Cole Memoranda, whether Rohrabacher-Farr will be renewed and, whether Congress will pass laws that legalize, decriminalize or further restrict marijuana.

Gardner also tweeted that he would take "all steps necessary" to make sure Attorney General Sessions lives up to his prior commitment in regard to state handling of legal marijuana.

Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana restrictions on states where cannabis has been legalized. The decision has been harshly criticized even by some Republicans. Sen.

U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank issued a statement about his office's drug prosecution priorities less than a week after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration policy under which states, including ME, legalized marijuana for recreational use without fear of prosecution from the Department of Justice.

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