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Four days since The White House threatened marijuana consumers…

Monday, February 27, 2017 17:08
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Originally published at blog.NORML.org

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

It has been a whirlwind since the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday indicated that the Trump administration may engage in “greater” efforts to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in jurisdictions that have legalized and regulated its adult use.

In the last four days, NORML has helped to generate over 20,000 emails to members of Congress in to support HR 975, The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, which would prevent federal agencies from enforcing prohibition in states that have changed their marijuana laws. In addition, over 5,000 individuals for the first time have also emailed their state elected officials via our Act page in support of various statewide legislative reforms.

While neither the White House nor the Department of Justice have yet to act on their threats, this trial balloon could be a prelude to aggressive action in the not so distant future. In the context of recent actions by the Department of Justice in regard to immigration enforcement and private prisons, it is within the realm of possibility that a full scale assault on marijuana users could be coming shortly.

Even if the Department of Justice does little more than send letters to elected officials in legal states declaring its intention to act, this alone will have a serious chilling effect on the implementation of statewide legalization laws. These are exactly the sort of tactics that our opponents in states like Maine and Massachusetts have sought for in order to justify delaying implementing the will of their voters.

We must be vigilant and pressure Congress to protect adult use marijuana states from undue federal interference.

Click here to email your member of Congress right now to support The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act.

Also, in the wake of Spicer’s comments, NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano has two new op-ed’s, appearing in The Hill and The Daily Caller.

Trump Administration’s dubious claims about pot and opioids are dead wrong

…Proponents of marijuana prohibition have long alleged that experimentation with pot acts as a ‘gateway’ to the use and eventual abuse of other illicit substances. But the evidence does not support this claim.

In reality, permitting marijuana sales to be regulated by licensed, state-authorized distributors rather than by criminal entrepreneurs and pushers of various other illicit drugs results in fewer, not more, Americans abusing other, potentially more dangerous substances…

Read more in The Hill

Trump’s Proposed Pot Crackdown Is Out Of Step With Voters, Including Many Republicans

…Rather than picking an unnecessary fight with the majority of American voters, including a significant portion of Trump’s own base, the administration should consider embracing common sense marijuana law reforms. Endorsing bipartisan legislation, HR 975: The Respect State Marijuana Laws Act,” would be a good place to start. In accordance with the electorate’s wishes, passage of the act would prevent the federal government from criminally prosecuting individuals or businesses that are engaging in state-sanctioned activities specific to the possession, use, production, and distribution of marijuana.

Despite more than 70 years of federal marijuana prohibition, Americans’ consumption of and demand for cannabis is here to stay. It is time for politicians to acknowledge this reality and amend federal marijuana laws in a manner that comports with majority public opinion and the plant’s rapidly changing legal and cultural status. The Trump administration has the opportunity to take the lead on this issue. It would be an enormous political misstep for them to do otherwise….

Read more in The Daily Caller

Additionally, the newly formed Cannabis Caucus put out a statement regarding last the announcement from Spicer:

“Today’s statement by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding marijuana policy reaffirms the need for the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Last November, eight more states passed measures to increase access to state-legal cannabis, and today more than 300 million Americans live in states with access to adult-use marijuana or some form medical cannabis.  Among them are four additional states that have fully legalized the adult-use of marijuana. We hope today’s comments do not reflect the views of the President and his administration.  As co-chairs of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, we stand ready to educate this administration on the need for more sensible marijuana policies and share the many experiences states have had with the legalization of cannabis. Together, we will continue to work in a bipartisan manner to reform our failed marijuana policies and provide a voice for Americans who have overwhelmingly voted for a more sensible drug policy.”

It’s institutions like NORML, the Cannabis Caucus, and most importantly, your efforts as part of the democratic process that will prevent the rollback of progress in marijuana legalization. Don’t stop calling your members of Congress and getting involved locally. Do not accept this as a new normal. This is not normal. Smoking pot is NORML.

Email your member of Congress right now and tell them to protect marijuana progress and join the newly formed Cannabis Caucus.



Source: http://blog.norml.org/2017/02/27/four-days-since-the-white-house-threatened-marijuana-consumers/

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  • Godzilla

    Conservatives will tear you to shreds about gun rights and the right to life, but when it comes to narcotics, prostitution and gambling they don’t want to hear about it. How are they any different than the democrats? Both believe in big government, just in different ways!

  • Boo

    Unless congress changes the law at the Federal level, which they could, it looks as if the rule of law will be followed. If states want to take control and responsibility it’s easy enough for their perspective congressmen to put forward a new bill rescinding Federal jurisdiction and leaving it to the States rights.
    Now with that goes all the rehab costs, homelessness, and welfare for those who can’t function on the job because of abuse. Just like alcohol there are some who don’t fare well with it’s use, and health costs will be on the rise since the lungs and not the liver are the sweet spot targeted for deterioration with it’s prolonged use. Also, like cigarettes, persons with asthma, children can be affected detrimentally if they happen to walk into a room filled with marijuana.
    Short term memory is also a casualty many don’t like to talk about, but it also effects the ability to retain information and put it into long term memory. So please don’t study high…you will fail the test.

  • patriot156

    Jeff Sessions is a fricking moron and a tyrant. Telling people Legalization leads to opiate abuse is a fricking lie. Also Sessions saying violence is higher in legal states is a lie as well.
    Trump is the Antichrist, or the vile man that comes to power as said in Daniel 11. It fits Trump to a T.
    Daniel 11 vs 21 on through. A vile man shall come up peaceably(voting) but shall not have the honor.
    It also goes on to say how he will come to power with a minority. He will use deceit(lie) to overthrow many. He will through a force of arms destroy many. Read the whole thing it says pretty much just that.
    This means just what Sessions is doing overiding the peoples will
    People need to rise up against this tyranny.

  • skiwolf

    End the insanity of prohibition. Please sign the official pro pot petition. Let’s nip this in the bud!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/keep-your-campaign-pledge-respect-state-marijuana-legalization-laws

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