Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jeff Sessions: "Marijuana Is Illegal In The United States - Even In Colorado"

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday warned the US Senate Judiciary Committee to not approve a draft criminal sentencing reform bill that he claims would reduce sentences for "a highly unsafe cohort of criminals".

"We've seen jurisdictions around the country attempt to nullify federal immigration law under so-called sanctuary policies", he said in his speech. "I gotta tell you". "As attorney general, I don't have the authority to say something is legal if it's not legal", Sessions said. That includes a new head of our Criminal Division, our Civil Rights Division, and our National Security Division.

There is no permanent presidential appointee at the Justice Department in charge of combating terrorism because a Republican senator has put discretionary federal marijuana enforcement above US national security in his priorities.

In his acceptance speech on February 12, Sessions praised the character and action of Abraham Lincoln, stating that the best way to continue the former president's legacy is by "upholding the rule of the law, day in and day out", according to Philly Voice. Sessions issued the decree just days after California became the eighth state to officially end cannabis prohibition.

Although AG Sessions did not call Senator Gardner out by name, the direction of his frustration was fully understood. More than 55 percent of Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012. "I am equally disappointed that the Alaska Senate Majority is reluctant to stand up for Alaskans and put this to a vote today".

Senator Gardner said that the policy shift "directly contradicts" the promise made by Mr. Sessions on the issue prior to his confirmation as US Attorney General. "The people of Colorado deserve their will to be respected".

According to legislative customs, a single United States Senator can place "a hold" on legislation and Presidential nominees, blocking them for an indeterminate period of time. Twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. In 2014, Congress first passed the restrictions, the so-called Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.

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