Dem Lawmaker to Sessions, a Crackdown on Marijuana is “S.T.U.P.I.D.”

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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.

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.

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16 Comments

  1. Lawrence Goodwin on

    Nice report, Monterey Bud. Ted Lieu is obviously brave to speak out. He also should send a letter promptly saying the same to the AG, and put on tons more public pressure, preferably right along with at least 100 other federal lawmakers of both parties. Full repeal is decades overdue.

    Sadly, the AG is 100 percent correct in this case. He has every right to enforce a very strict federal law. That’s how the legislative arm of our republic works. The AG is right because this solid fact remains: members of the United States Congress are the real criminals here. They have arrogantly obstructed governmental administration over the course of 47 years. They have totally failed to complete the most basic task of governing, which means removing the ridiculous word “marihuana” from the 1970 Controlled Substances Act (short name) that THEY passed. Never has there been ANY justification for that arbitrary Schedule I classification, which fraudulently claims that seedless, female cannabis flowers “have no currently accepted medical use.” Okay, a@#$holes, then tell us why THC-laden cannabis extracts were favored by America’s doctors, and commonly prescribed as medicine, for nearly 100 years? Tell us why more than 40 of 50 states today have their own laws directly proving your “marihuana” claim wrong? Why did you ignore Drug Enforcement Administration Judge Francis Young in September 1988, who said “marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man” (and woman)? Americans are being senselessly imprisoned at public expense, and millions more are suffering and dying without safe and legal access to cannabis medicines. You belong in jail, Mr. AG (former senator) and all complicit U.S. Congress members, for such treasonous betrayal of the public trust–if not for your heartless abdication of duty.

    In late October 1970, President Richard Nixon eagerly signed this Schedule I “marihuana” sham into law, dooming us all to the wretched anti-cannabis tyranny still being imposed nationwide to this day. It is all done to protect the giant profits of synthetic pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, et al.–you know, the same filthy rich people who are about to get massive tax cuts, too. The current AG is just continuing a policy enforced by legions of equally arrogant men (and some wayward women) who perpetuated it before him, from the corporate to the federal, state and local levels. The United States, as a viable independent republic, appears to have flatlined long ago.

  2. Mr. Goodwin you are as right as rain!!! And lets not forget what tricky-dick (Nixon) put together to prove cannabis was an evil drug “The Schaffer Commission” and how that backfired in his face. http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/celebrating-35-years-of-failed-pot-policies
    After being told it should be not only taken off the CSA it should not be considered criminal at all. It really sucked that the people put him in office to represent the people and he just represented is own agenda.

    • Lawrence Goodwin on

      Thanks for reading and the kind words, Jim. The commission you cite was the Shafer Commission, being named after Nixon’s preferred choice of former Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond Shafer (a Republican and true “conservative,” in much the same manner as William F. Buckley, who was a fierce critic of the federal “marihuana” sham). The effort led by Shafer was formally called the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse. In 1972, Nixon completely ignored the commission’s report as much as common sense, and arrogantly subjected us all to the forces of absolute anti-cannabis tyranny (our current AG is simply doing the same thing now, 45 years later).

  3. With every other thing on the AG’s plate how does he even have the time to worry (obsess?) about cannabis? My guess is Sessions wants to be the one known for throwing a monkey wrench at, and gum up, cannabis legalization. Great!! Just f-ing great. We’ve been lulled into a false sense of security!

  4. cannabis relieves my Agent Orange neuropathy, which I was subjected to while fighting one of our government f..ked-up wars. The VA hospitals that treat this incurable( disease)!, do their best with pharmaceuticals that represent a huge profit for the companies that are only interested in profits!. Our govt. reps are blinded with the money being given to them from big businesses, I’ll bet Mr. Sessions hands are deep in their pockets. As my brother veterans know pot takes away the nerve pain we all live with every day. I’d like to spray some orange on Mr. Sessions and see what solutions he comes up with, maybe a 5.56
    round would change his mind.

  5. Pissed the fuck off on

    These “right wingers” always talk about keeping weed illegal..

    What the hell is right wing about kidnapping people and caging them because they choose to smoke a God given plant?

  6. Steven Carl Griffin on

    Not to mention the Constitution is written on hemp paper. Not to mention prior “grow laws” which made the farmer set aside a percentage of their land exclusively for growing hemp. Not to mention that equal portions of land to create an equal amount of paper pulp ; one plot taking 20 years, the other plot taking 9 months. Which one do you think would be hemp? If you guessed 9 months you’ll get a free canagift aka spliff.
    Now these may not be medical examples, but the heart of every study, healing prescription, endless employment opportunities already created, healthier patients, less clogged up court systems, lower violent crime statistics, states with MM or RM laws with budgets making huge differences, a sense of national unity(one we truly need right now), and just being the right way to treat your fellow human beings in allowing a plant that’s been proven to be a miricle in every capacity stems from these earlier known practices of the U S.A. and our policies.
    OK That last breath was a long one I need a BH.
    Guess who needs to bring the cookies….Jeff Keebler Sessions???

  7. Session’s does pot, he doesn’t want anyone to know that is actually smokes it or sells it.
    In my opinion anyone who tries so hard to fight against something that is great for us, must be doing it their self, or Sessions in bed with BIG PHARMA, I bet it is both.

  8. My son got a new kidney and liver cause he drank too much. the only reason he drank was he got in some trouble a while back and they drug tested him for pot so he went to drinking for his buzz and wound up drinking too much and if pot was legal he would have smoked that instead and wouldn’t have messed up his body. but now he smokes and does not drink at all which is a good thing. so the gov needs to get their ducks in a row and legalize it now. i personally use it for pain along with cbd.

  9. One of the very, very few things I agree with the Dimms on. Sessions is too busy recusing himself in the Russia, Russia, Russia scandal and laying low to do anything about legal weed, the Genie that’s fully out of his bottle NEVER to back in again, that’s making those states that legalized millions in taxes coming in for something the public strongly supports and doesn’t mind paying as long as the taxes don’t get too high (the “Laffer Effect” comes to mind and is about this). They have enough problems to hold them over without bringing something like this to the forefront. And as much as I like Donald, I’m betting he realizes that also. Of all the things they’re trying to do to get the economy restarted this legalization and what it has spawned in the way of money and taxes is about the greatest success they have going…at the moment. And they’ve basically done nothing one way or the other about helping OR hindering legal weed in this country. So let’s hope that continues…

    • I meant the Laffer Curve. From Investopedia. What is the ‘Laffer Curve’
      The Laffer Curve is a theory developed by supply-side economist Arthur Laffer to show the relationship between tax rates and the amount of tax revenue collected by governments. The curve is used to illustrate Laffer’s main premise that the more an activity such as production is taxed, the less of it is generated. Likewise, the less an activity is taxed, the more of it is generated.

      Same with legal weed and taxes on it. As long as they don’t get too high the state will make LOTS of $$. If the tax get’s too high taxes paid in will fall. The state of Washington also knows about the Laffer Curve and basically push it having a fairly high tax rate on legal weed but yet prices continue to fall in the retail shops. So that means everything’s in balance and everyone is fairly happy about that.

  10. Sessions definitely needs to look at perjury, being he has perjured himself many time in congresses investigations of himself. The small man needs to be aware of the penalties for lying to congress and the American people!

  11. Mr.Sessions…along with all the other crooks that freely lie when it suits their own personal beliefs….and keeps them out of prison …and in office. Is all they care about…This plant has been villifed for decades…along with all the people that have had their lives ruined bŷ the Laws passed by Nixon…50yrs ago… Putting people in prison and enactinting laws that let law enforcement take all you have and keep them from good jobs is what should be….illegal… This is a plant that the founding fathers of this country…grew..and used…as they saw fit…There were no drug companies..or alcohol companies to help people…with issues about their health. As a example George Washington lived in pain from dental problems all his life..he grew and used this plant for more than just…rope…and canvas…. He also made his own whiskey…as did Thomas Jefferson…and Ben Franklin’s..and all the other people that started this country….If anyone can remember…? There were no stores to buy….anything…Then. This country has to change from all the Idiots that have made the Laws that drain all the poor people…of their money…and our rights….I don’t need the President or the Governor of Texas to protect me or wipe my ads… They can’t do their jobs as it is…

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