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Attorney General Sessions Won't Rule Out Using Mafia Law to Go After Legal Marijuana

Thursday, March 9, 2017 15:57
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Originally published at Stop The Drug War

This article was produced in collaboration with AlterNet and first appeared here.
[image:1 align:right caption:true]On conservative radio talker Hugh Hewitt’s program Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued to bad mouth marijuana and suggested he might use laws enacted to go after the Mafia against the legal marijuana industry. 
“I think it’s a more dangerous drug than a lot of people realize. I don’t think we’re going to be a better community if marijuana is sold in every corner grocery store,” the attorney general told Hewitt. 
The conservative talker then helpfully suggested that one way Washington could go after legal pot was by bringing racketeering charges against marijuana businesses.
“One RICO prosecution against one marijuana retailer in one state that has so-called legalization ends this façade and this flaunting of the Supremacy Clause. Will you be bringing such a case?” Hewitt asked Sessions. 
Sessions didn’t exactly jump on the idea, but neither did he reject it. 
“We will um … marijuana is against federal law, and that applies in states where they may have repealed their own anti-marijuana laws,” Sessions said in response. “So yes, we will enforce law in an appropriate way nationwide. It’s not possible for the federal government, of course, to take over everything the local police used to do in a state that’s legalized it.”
But Hewitt was not done chewing on that bone, asking Sessions if he couldn’t just make an example out of somebody. 
“I mean, if you want to send that message, you can send it. Do you think you’re going to send it?” he asked.
Sessions had to clue in Hewitt about the difficulty of reining in the burgeoning the legal marijuana industry. 
“Well, we’ll be evaluating how we want to handle that,” he said. “I think it’s a little more complicated than one RICO case, I’ve got to tell you. This, places like Colorado, it’s just sprung up a lot of different independent entities that are moving marijuana. And it’s also being moved interstate, not just in the home state,” he added.
Sessions has been a staunch foe of marijuana legalization, and the industry has been on tenterhooks since he was nominated as the nation’s highest law enforcement officer. He attempted to soft-shoe his views during his confirmation hearings, suggesting that he wasn’t going to aggressively go after the legal pot industry, but his comments with Hewitt suggest otherwise. 
Taken together with a memo on violent crime Sessions sent to federal prosecutors Wednesday  in which he hinted at at rolling back  Obama Justice Department policies directing federal prosecutors to not always seek the most serious charges in drug cases and to avoid seeking mandatory minimum sentences, his comments to Hewitt Thursday suggest that the Trump administration is about to head resolutely backwards on drug policy in general and marijuana policy in particular. 
Listen to the Hewitt interview below:

Originally published at Stop The Drug War


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  • Eggzactly

    Who made pot legal Nationwide? Nobody.The states did it on their own. Federal Law, Its still illegal. I think it should be decriminalized Nationally and no one should go to prison over pot. My 2 cents.

  • patriot156

    POS ass hat Sessions But yeah we need to stop his ass any way possible.
    there are two bills that do just as said bellow write your legislatures and tell them to support it.
    Rand Paul if your in Kentucky needs to hear from those in Kentucky!
    Succession then because the tenth amendment tells us we can do our own thing that the Constitution didn’t prohibit. that doesnt mean what comes in 200 years later but what the Written Constitution that you see in the museums and poclet hand books of you have one says, and No where in that document does it say Marijuana is to be illegal. No where!

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