Americans Want Trump to Respect State MJ Laws
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Americans Want Trump to Respect State MJ Laws
Posted by CN Staff on June 22, 2017 at 18:58:45 PT
By Kelly Cohen 
Source: Washington Examiner
Washington, D.C. -- A majority of Americans want the Trump administration to leave state marijuana laws alone. Seventy-six percent of American adults want President Trump to leave state marijuana laws as they are, according to a new poll from Survey USA. Reform group Marijuana Majority commissioned the poll.Currently, legal recreational marijuana has been approved in eight states plus Washington, D.C. A total of 29 other states, including the District of Columbia, have legalized medical marijuana in some form.
The drug remains illegal on the federal level, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been vocal in his opposition to legalizing marijuana — once calling it "only slightly less awful" than heroin.In April, Sessions directed a Justice Department task force to review government policies enacted before his time, including those regarding marijuana. And in May, Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that allowed prosecutors to use their discretion for sentencing drug offenders to mandatory minimums.The Survey USA poll also found some Americans support consumption of marijuana by professional athletes (46 percent), gun owners (48 percent) and journalists (50 percent) should the state they reside in have applicable laws – three groups that face various barriers to using the drug.Despite the tough words from Sessions and other administration officials about marijuana, there is one thing stopping federal action against state-level laws: the 2013 Cole memorandum.Then-Attorney General Eric Holder issued the memo four years ago, stating the Justice Department would defer to state governments that had legalized marijuana and were lawfully and properly regulating it."The Cole Memorandum set up some policies under President Obama's Department of Justice about how cases should be selected in those states and what would be appropriate for federal prosecution, much of which I think is valid," Sessions said in March.The cellphone poll of 1,500 Americans was conducted between June 19-20.In April, a Quinnipiac poll found 73 percent oppose government enforcement of federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.Source: Washington Examiner (DC)Author: Kelly Cohen Published: June 22, 2017Copyright: 2017 Washington ExaminerContact: threads dcexaminer.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by MikeEEEEE on June 28, 2017 at 15:18:37 PT
State rights and the truth 
Saw something funny today: seems some people are willing to give up alcohol to see trump impeached. As we have seen, trump cares little for the law, unless he's caught doing something--then he redirects blame (more interesting psychotic episodes to come). He had said he supports state rights, but of course, that's a lie. 
Another lie is that he would not touch Medicaid and other programs. Only cowards and lower life forms would take from the sick and elderly to make themselves richer.  I believe the trump agenda is to make this country an oligarchy. In many ways it is already, but he will push the limits of human suffering. 
If the American people/lazy sheepies do nothing, he will succeed. 
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on June 24, 2017 at 16:51:22 PT
The natural plants
Years ago on these c-news comments we discussed the danger of pharmaceutical scientists getting their hands on cannabis and creating monsters out of it. Like they did with the coca leaf and the poppy flower. Two very beneficial and helpful to mankind plants. It's very sad. Maybe the laws should be that science can't take them apart and make them into something else. Make that act against the plant illegal and let the people have the plants. If there has to be a law, let it be that industry of any size must leave the plants whole and healthy. Do not make the natural plants into chemical monsters that hurt people instead of help them. Many plants help us and we enjoy them. I love the brewed coffee bean and tea leaves. The same should be true of cannabis, coca, poppy, and whatever. 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on June 24, 2017 at 16:17:11 PT
Hemp World,
Re: latest commentIt is revealing; they are not interested in protecting citizens. Their motive is varied and includes protecting profits for people who are at risk from cannabis RE-legalization... etc.THEY DON'T WANT ANYONE TO EVEN BE ABLE TO SEE OR TOUCH THE SUPERPLANT. Preferring to wipe it out of Our memory.But even more, I believe they are threatened by people become more in tune to cannabis' spiritual realities.-0-Their "new" attacks will make hemp soap illegal.?.?.?We stopped the DEA from banning hemp products about 17 years ago but You can bet they've been working on how to continue their delinquency ever since.-0-In the long term though, losers lose. Cannabis is a winner.
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Comment #3 posted by HempWorld on June 24, 2017 at 14:50:19 PT
OT DEA is quietly changing the rules...
"In October of 2016, the Cannabis Community was sent in to an uproar when the Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration tried to make CBD Oil’s illegal by redefining what constituted as marijuana extract under the “Final Rule establishing a new Controlled Substance Code Number (drug code) for marijuana extract”. You can read it here: important part of the code can be found under ‘Final Action’ where it states: "Meaning an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant."Essentially, last October, the DEA tried to categorize any extract from any part of the marijuana plant as a schedule one substance. This excluded extracts from resin or seeds, however any other extract was a schedule 1 narcotic regardless of THC content.Private companies, non-profits, and advocacy groups struck back with lawsuits claiming the law was over-reaching. And it seemed that the DEA backed off, and the cannabis community sighed a breath of relief.However, sometime last month, the DEA quietly and unannounced posted an amendment to the code. The mainstream media, and even most CBD manufacturers, failed to pick it up this new posturing from the DEA. You can read it in full here: the “Clarification of the New Drug Code (7350) for Marijuana Extract” the definition of marijuana extract changes. While they do make changes to better structure their own legal grounds on the definition of what is marijuana extract, the important part of this updated code is that now anything extracted from marijuana is also included as a schedule one substance."And: "To be as clear as their new rule is: Anybody selling CBD oil is now undoubtedly and unequivocally selling a schedule 1 substance. Seeds, while still not included in the code, are the only part of the cannabis plant that cannot produce quality CBD oils, just hemp oil."
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on June 24, 2017 at 13:48:22 PT
HempWorld Comment 1
Twenty seven percent of those polled profit, somehow, directly, or indirectly, from persecuting, imprisoning, treating, and prosecuting people, or they are disgracefully deceived about the righteousness and good sense of their stance on the matter.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on June 22, 2017 at 19:04:14 PT
73 % Oppose!
Get a clue Sessions!Please go back to Alabama, pretty please!Amen!
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