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:   foxnews.com

US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

  US to end policy that let legal pot flourish Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That's according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision. They were not allowed to publicly discuss it before an announcement expected Thursday and spoke on condition of anonymity. The move will leave it to U.S. attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law. The move likely will add to confusion about whether it's OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where it's legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it.

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

Home Fox News OPINION: Should pot be legal ? “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.”

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama administration policy that blocked U.S. attorneys from prosecuting marijuana cases in states where the drug is legal.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.

Sessions ends policy that allowed legal pot, disrupting state markets

  Sessions ends policy that allowed legal pot, disrupting state markets WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved that way for states to legalize marijuana. Instead, Sessions will allow federal prosecutors in states where pot is legal to decide how to enforce the federal ban on marijuana sale or possession. Sessions made the announcement just days after the recreational marijuana market opened in California. Many states have legalized some form of medical marijuana, and a handful have legalized recreational use of the drug.Under former President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice indicated to states in 2013 that while marijuana remained illegal under U.S.

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 .

Do you believe the federal government should step back and continue allowing individual states to legalize marijuana? Here's what you said Obama was right: let states decide this. Better yet, Congress should remove marijuana from being a scheduled restricted drug.

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.

Prosecutors in pot-friendly states will decide on crackdown

  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.

All in all, the federal government should deal with this issue, it should be a plain yes or no as to whether it should be legalized across the whole To sum it all up with the most important question , I believe the federal government should let the states make their own decisions on the legalization.

Federal law always trumps state law. The state laws on marijuana don't overrule the federal laws at all, the federal government just decides that it's not How should the courts decide the legalization of marijuana if the federal government has not legalized marijuana but certain states have legal

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.

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