Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) took to Twitter Thursday and put the Attorney General (AG) on blast. Less than pleased over a recent threat from Jeff Sessions to crack down on state-sanctioned marijuana, Lieu fired up his Twitter account and baptized the AG’s antiquated idea as a “S.T.U.P.I.D. waste of federal resources.”
An ardent supporter of states’ rights when ideologically convenient, Sessions got Rep. Lieu’s attention Wednesday during a press conference when the AG announced the Department of Justice (DOJ) was looking to alter policies adopted by Eric Holder and the Obama administration.
The policy highest on the AG’s hit list to extinguish is the one that unchained states from federal marijuana prohibition and allowed them to determine their own laws.
Branded an idea that’s “beyond dumb” by Congressmen Lieu, the California Representative questioned the AG’s fiscal responsibility and empathy for the sick via the social network.
S. T. U. P. I. D. waste of federal resources. So we are going to have highly trained federal agents and federal prosecutors spend time on marijuana? That's beyond dumb. Oh, it will also hurt patients who use marijuana for medicinal purposes. https://t.co/VBgu5iQUcy
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 30, 2017
During Wednesday’s press conference, Sessions informed reporters, “It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental, and we should not give encouragement in any way to it, and it represents a federal violation, which is in the law and is subject to being enforced.”
Concealed by the relentless chaos and confusion of the Tump administration, and fighting the tide of public opinion, one fact remains: the Attorney General of the United States is less of a Republican who supports states’ rights and more of an ideologue who belongs back in the bad old days of the Nixon era.
Ever the helpful Representative, Congressman Lieu later took to Twitter and suggested a few crimes the DOJ would be better off focusing on.
Dear @TheJusticeDept Sessions: If you have agents & prosecutors with nothing to do, here are crimes more important than the stupid federal law against marijuana:
And are you ready for this … here it comes
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 1, 2017
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