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DoJ Task Force Moves to Review Federal Cannabis Policy

In a DoJ memo, AG Jeff Sessions called for a subcommittee on marijuana and an email shows the DEA inquiring about Colorado cases.

By Aaron G. Biros

In a memo sent throughout the Department of Justice on April 5th, attorney general Jeff Sessions outlines the establishment of the Department’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety. That task force, largely focused on violent crime, is supposed to find ways that federal prosecutors can more effectively reduce illegal immigration, violent crimes and gun violence.

The task force is made up of subcommittees, according to the memo, and one of them is focused on reviewing federal cannabis policy. “Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with Administration goals and priorities,” the memo reads. “Another subcommittee will explore our use of asset forfeiture and make recommendations on any improvements needed to legal authorities, policies, and training to most effectively attack the financial infrastructure of criminal organizations.” Those existing policies that Sessions refers to in the memo could very well be the 2013 Cole Memorandum, an Obama administration decree that essentially set up a framework for states with legal cannabis laws to avoid federal enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.

In the past, Sessions has said he thinks the Cole Memo is valid, but remains skeptical of medical cannabis. In the last several months, comments made by Sessions and White House press secretary Sean Spicer have sparked outrage and growing fears among stakeholders in the cannabis industry, including major business players and state lawmakers. As a general feeling of uncertainty surrounding federal cannabis policy grows, many are looking for a safe haven, which could mean looking to markets outside of the U.S., like Canada, for example.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
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Washington State’s former Attorney General Rob McKenna, Washington State’s former Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Moran, and Maryland’s former Chief Deputy Attorney General Kay Winfree recently went on the record identifying the BioTrack THC traceability system as fully compliant with the Cole Memo. “The key to meeting the requirements of the Cole Memorandum is ‘both the existence of a strong and effective state regulatory system, and an operation’s compliance with that system’,” says the former attorney general and chief deputy attorneys general in a press release. “As described above, Washington State has a robust, comprehensive regulatory scheme that controls the entire marijuana supply chain.

The email sent to Colorado prosecutor Michael Melito

The flagship component of this regulatory scheme is the WSLCB’s seed to sale inventory system, the BioTrackTHC Traceability System.” Those commendations from a former attorney general could provide some solace to business operating with the seed-to-sale traceability software.

Still though, worries in the industry are fueled by speculation and a general lack of clarity from the Trump Administration and the Department of Justice. In an email obtained by an open records request and first reported by the International Business Times, a DEA supervisor asked a Colorado prosecutor in the state attorney general’s office about a number of cannabis-related prosecutions. The DEA supervisor asked for the state docket numbers of a handful of cases, including one involving cannabis being shipped out of state, according to The Denver Post. “Some of our intel people are trying to track down info regarding some of DEA’s better marijuana investigations for the new administration,” reads the email. “Hopefully it will lead to some positive changes.” So far, only speculations have emerged pertaining to its significance or lack thereof and what this could possibly mean for the future of federal cannabis policy.

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WHAT IS PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S POSITION ON MARIJUANA NOW?

Cris Ericson

January 21

WHAT IS PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S POSITION ON MARIJUANA NOW?

I am hoping our brand spanking new President,
Donald Trump, will create a White House version of
“The Apprentice”, something like “Live at the
White House” where President Donald Trump could
fire his Chief of Staff frequently for unethical
conduct or mis-spelling errors, or for coming back
from lunch break reeking of marijuana smoke, even
though marijuana is legal in Washington, D.C. – or
will Donald Trump decide to allow employees of
the White House to smoke a toke on lunch break?
We need to know!

President Donald Trump could fire the Chef and
Housekeeper as well, every time a tourist on the
White House Tour
stumbles upon one of those cockroaches the tourists
laugh at, or silently shriek when they see them crawling,
because their own homes have fewer pests.

Oh, and remember also, that marijuana is legal
in Washington, D.C., so now the cockroaches have
the munchies. The little bugs have more rights
than you and I do in most states of the United States
to inhale marijuana smoke and stash it in the little
cockroach nests.

Remember also, now-a-days, the cockroaches could be
fully automated spy robotic computer crawlers.

I will go further, and suggest that President Donald
Trump entertain us by installing “live-cam”
hidden video cameras around the White House
so we can enjoy his staff humping each other in
closets, and taking bribes from newspaper reporters,
and smoking marijuana on the White House Lawn out
back, because, of course, marijuana is legal in
Washington, D.C. but not in most of the states
we live in! What ever happened to the promise
of all people being treated equally?

Of course, I want President Donald Trump to create
the “President Donald Trump Pardon T.V. Show”,
to air weekly, with his television staff selecting
the most picturesque, sexy, or downright scary looking
convicts from prisons nationwide in the USA, as well
as the mothers ripped from their babies and thrown
into prison for mere marijuana possession.

President Trump could chose six finalists each week to be
questioned by him in the Oval Office, in prison
jump suits and chains, providing each one a couple
minutes to explain why Mr. Trump should chose her or
him to give the Pardon to.

Then, President Trump could send them back to prison
for a month on a quest to do good by volunteering
to help another inmate in some way, or by creating
a profitable behind-bars business.

Each week, President Trump could grant one
pardon, after airing hidden video camera footage of
guards abusing prisoners on the bus on the way
to the White House.

The group of prisoners selected for a possible pardon
might inclue a murderer, a rapist, a white collar
criminal who stole or embezzled millions, a heroin drug seller,
a mere marijuana possession convict,
and someone sentenced almost for life for a crime he or
she was tried for “as an adult” but for which the crime
committed was done as an under age minor child.

President Donald Trump should also hire musicians, some
who will be stoned on marijuana because they need it
for creative impulses, and after all, they will be in
Washington, D.C. where marijuana is legal,
to create a theme song for the show, something memorable,
we can all sing along with each week, with a chorus
about how they can smoke pot in Washington, D.C.
and most of us can not, without terrible jeopardy.

“Die sonder sond is” (He that is without sin).

Cris Ericson
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Democrats Call For Attorney General Sessions To Resign

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March 2, 20175:08 AM ET

Heard on Morning Edition

Democratic leaders want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after news reports that he met with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. twice last year.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending his meetings with a Russian diplomat The Washington Post reports Sessions met twice with Russia’s ambassador during the presidential campaign and did not disclose it.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now some Democrats want the attorney general to resign or at least keep away from the FBI investigation he’s overseeing into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

INSKEEP: Here’s what we know. Sessions was a senator at the time of the reported meetings, and he was also advising presidential candidate Donald Trump.

MARTIN: The Post found Sessions met twice with Russia’s ambassador, including once in September, the height of the campaign. After the election, at his Senate confirmation hearing to become attorney general, Sessions said he didn’t know of any Trump campaign meetings with Russia.

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JEFF SESSIONS: Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign, and I didn’t have – not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.

INSKEEP: Sessions was answering Senator Al Franken, who now says if The Post report is true, Sessions must recuse himself from any decisions about the Russia probe. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the same last night on CNN.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

LINDSEY GRAHAM: If there is something there and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that Jeff Sessions, who is my dear friend, cannot make this decision about Trump. So they may be not – there may be nothing there, but if there is something there that the FBI believes is criminal in nature, then for sure you need a special prosecutor.

MARTIN: Attorney General Sessions and other officials do not appear to explicitly deny meeting Russia’s ambassador. They do suggest the meetings were not relevant to the election. In a statement last night, Jeff Sessions said he has, quote, “never met with any Russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. I have no idea what this allegation is all about. It is false.”

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Would a Border Water Canal Be Better Than President Trump’s Border Wall?

U.S. Marijuana Party of Kentucky

By CrisEricson2016 | Tue, January 31 2017

POTUS BORDER WALL?

POTUS stands for President of the United States of America. Our current President is Donald J. Trump and he wants to build a Border Wall between the United States of America and Mexico.

Some people think this is a male fantasy, a type of penis elongation wet dream, spitting out illegal aliens instead of sperm.

Many Presidents of the United States of America have been known to love sex, such as POTUS John F. Kennedy and POTUS Bill Clinton. Men with high testosterone levels need lots of activity to release their urges. Running for political office is therapy for them, they need to shake a lot of hands, they need all that contact with people. They probably have some honey bee DNA.

President Donald J. Trump probably also has some pittbull DNA from eating genetically modified foods, as well as…

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Whitehouse Press Release– I have a question on medical marijuana…

U.S. Marijuana Party of Kentucky

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February 23, 2017

A LINK TO THE ENTIRE PRESS BRIEFING HERE

I have a question on medical marijuana. Our state voters passed a medical marijuana amendment in November. Now we’re in conflict with federal law, as many other states are. The Obama administration kind of chose not to strictly enforce those federal marijuana laws. My question to you is: With Jeff Sessions over at the Department of Justice as AG, what’s going to be the Trump administration’s position on marijuana legalization where it’s in a state-federal conflict like this?

MR. SPICER: Thanks, Roby. There’s two distinct issues here: medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.

I think medical marijuana, I’ve said before that the President understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them. And that’s one that…

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