Opinion Should pot be legal? Let states decide that question, not the federal government

01:12  06 january  2018
01:12  06 january  2018 Source:   FOX News

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Let states decide that question , not the federal government . By Steve Kurtz | Fox News. Regardless of one’s views on marijuana, or drug use in general, this is an unfortunate move by the federal government .

Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said. The decision was a win for pot opponents who had been urging Sessions to take action. “There is no more safe haven with regard to the federal government

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama administration policy that blocked U.S. attorneys from prosecuting marijuana cases in states where the drug is legal. He announced Thursday that he is instead leaving it up to federal prosecutors to use their discretion in determining whether to enforce the federal law banning the sale and use of the drug.

It’s not clear what the full effect of this new policy will be. But it suggests the Justice Department may be planning to strongly enforce federal drug laws against the budding marijuana industry.

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Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said. The Obama administration in 2013 announced it would not stand in the way of states that legalize marijuana, so long as officials acted to keep it from migrating

Federal prosecutors in states where pot is legal will decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law. The marijuana business has since become a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar industry that helps fund some government programs.

Regardless of one’s views on marijuana, or drug use in general, this is an unfortunate move by the federal government. There are many issues which, by their nature, are federal issues. Punishment for drug use is not. In general, states should be allowed to police themselves.

America is an experiment in federalism, and the states represent 50 laboratories where we can try out different laws and lifestyles. It’s a chance for citizens to vote their preferences without forcing other states to go along. It’s a chance to see what works and what doesn’t.

And, hopefully, if something does work, it’s a chance for the idea to spread.

For decades now there has been a movement to decriminalize marijuana. In recent years, it’s picked up steam, and there seems to be a general shift in public views on cannabis. Attorney General Sessions may not agree with this shift, but he should at least recognize it represents the beliefs of his fellow citizens.

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Lexi Mr. Faulhaber I think the federal government should let the states decide what they want. I agree with Obama that the federal government has much bigger fish to fry.

Federal prosecutors in states where pot is legal will decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law. The marijuana business has since become a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar industry that helps fund some government programs.

Washington, D.C., and eight states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – have legalized recreational marijuana. Another 29 states allow for its medical use. These numbers seem likely to increase.

The people have spoken. They should not be overruled by the Justice Department. As Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado put it, Sessions’ decision “has trampled on the will of the voters.”

Gardner went further, noting that President Trump has said legalization should be up to the states. Gardner also said that before he “voted to confirm Attorney General Sessions, he assured me that marijuana would not be a priority for this administration.”

In general, both President Trump and Sessions have seemed to be on the side of states’ rights. Reversing the Obama administration policy against prosecutions suggests that stance is more a matter of convenience.

I don’t smoke marijuana and don’t recommend others do. But I’ve had friends who use it, and I believe it should be their decision. The idea that such people might be up on federal charges is dismaying.

It’s not as if the Justice Department lacks for things to do. There are many urgent issues it needs to deal with – border problems, terrorism, and civil rights, to name a few.

So it’s sad to see the department fighting the tide of public sentiment and the will of citizens over what should be a state decision. It isn’t worthy of the department.

Perhaps legalizing marijuana is a horrible idea. Maybe the states will regret what they’ve done. But if they do, let them change their ways based on the voters’ preferences, not the preferences of the U.S. attorney general.

Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown .
Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federalWhen he rescinded the Justice Department's previous guidance on marijuana, Attorney General Jeff Sessions left the issue to a mix of prosecutors who were appointed by President Donald Trump's administration and others who are holdovers from the Barack Obama years.

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