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Sessions: Marijuana Not as Dangerous as Heroin 
Posted by CN Staff on November 14, 2017 at 15:18:41 PT
By Harriet Sinclair
Source: Newsweek
Washington, D.C. -- While Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have been persuaded that marijuana is not as dangerous as heroin, those harboring hopes for federal concessions on weed legalization shouldn’t bank on his support.Speaking at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Sessions stated that the Obama-era guidelines on cannabis remain intact, meaning the drug is illegal on the federal level even though a number of states have voted to legalize it for recreational use.
"Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana for its law enforcement purposes but it still remains illegal with regard to federal purposes," Forbes reported Sessions as saying, referring to previous attorneys general and their policy.Sessions has long been an opponent of marijuana legalization, previously equating smoking weed with taking heroin. He stated in March that he did not back the “fashionable” view on weed legalization.“I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use. But too many lives are at stake to worry about being fashionable,” he said in a speech on combating crime.“I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful. Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life,” he added.Marijuana is currently classified as a Schedule One drug, which puts it under the same classification as dangerous drugs and substances such as heroin, cocaine, meth and fentanyl; however, medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C., while recreational marijuana is legal in eight states and D.C., despite being prohibited on a federal level.Sessions’s Tuesday concession on weed not being as bad a heroin does not signal a U-turn in existing policy, though he also agreed “we are bound by” the rider that prevents the federal government from getting involved in state marijuana laws.This statement alone is a slight shift from a memo sent out earlier in the year that suggested a review of the “Cole Memo,” which outlines how states can remain clear of federal involvement in their cannabis rules.“Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department’s overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with the Administration’s goals and priorities,” the memo from Sessions read.During the hearing, Sessions did not mention possible reviews of Obama-era policy, which means the state and federal views on marijuana will remain at odds.Source: Newsweek (US)Author: Harriet SinclairPublished: November 14, 2017Copyright: 2017 Newsweek, Inc.Contact: letters newsweek.comWebsite: http://www.newsweek.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Stormin on November 15, 2017 at 18:08:20 PT
safer than booze
I agree with that statement 100%. I have seen many lives ruined and/or ended because of alcohol. That's not counting accidents caused by drunk drivers. 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on November 15, 2017 at 15:35:45 PT
Safer than heroind & also safer than booze.
Sessions made a move in the correct direction. If I'm not mistaken, in the past, He publicly resisted the stance that cannabis is less dangerous than heroin.Now, He publicly states He believes cannabis is safer than heroin.That's a positive achievement. -Forward We go.NOW,it's time to get the ignoids to publicly acknowledge cannabis is safer than alcohol.& don't get Me wrong. I like booze. But...
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Comment #4 posted by MikeEEEEE on November 14, 2017 at 18:19:04 PT
Stormin and everyone
Welcome to American corruption, enjoying it.The guys who developed democracy in this country knew that future leaders could not be trusted, that's why they divided the power. Now, trump and company weasels are open for busine$$, and are trying to breakdown the democratic system (what's that name for it, a country controlled by the rich). The a-holes in charge are in the process of transferring wealth from the needy to their bank accounts, via the poor (reverse robinhood). 
In this country, we can still take power away from these criminals, through the voting system. But I doubt it, since most people are stupid, ie: they voted for trump. I still can't believe how stupid people are, and if you voted for trump, these guys will be pointing the middle finger at you, just wait until you see your tax bill! You got dupped by a NYC con artist. You can believe trump when he says everything is great, great for him. Suckers!!!!
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Comment #3 posted by Stormin on November 14, 2017 at 17:20:07 PT:
States and Canada
It seems strange that individual states can make cannabis legal and the federal government makes it illegal. In Canada we have the opposite....the federal government is going to legalize from coast to coast, while provinces whine and complain about not being ready. 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on November 14, 2017 at 17:11:15 PT
Elderly shouldn't direct nation against it's will.
Ever driven in a 55 mph zone with no place to pass, FOREVER, and a person directly in front of You is only going 45 mph?That's Sessions
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on November 14, 2017 at 15:31:27 PT
Completely ignorant on the issues, statistics and the science! And he rules on these issues. It's like giving a baby a gun!
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