Barr Supports Federal Marijuana Prohibition
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Barr Supports Federal Marijuana Prohibition
Posted by CN Staff on January 16, 2019 at 05:49:41 PT
By Alexandra Hutzler 
Source: Newsweek
Washington, D.C. -- Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr appears to have a similar stance on marijuana as his predecessor Jeff Sessions, telling lawmakers on Tuesday that he would support federal prohibition of the drug across the United States.Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he would support prohibiting marijuana “everywhere” but also said that, if confirmed, his approach would be “not to upset settled expectations” in states that have already legalized weed for medical or adult use.
“I’m not going to go after companies that have relied on the Cole Memorandum,” Barr told the committee. “However, we either should have a federal law that prohibits marijuana everywhere, which I would support myself because I think it’s a mistake to back off marijuana. But if we want a federal approach, if we want states to have their own laws, let’s get there and let’s get there the right way.”Currently, more than 30 states across the U.S. have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.Former Attorney General Sessions, who was forced to resign from his post shortly after the midterm elections, was one of the biggest opponents to marijuana legalization. He has repeatedly said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana” and once commented about the Ku Klux Klan: “I thought those guys were OK until I learned they smoked pot.”Last year, Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration that adopted a non-interference policy with marijuana-friendly states. The move essentially shifted the federal government’s hands-off approach to marijuana policy and allowed federal prosecutors to crack down on weed possession in states where it was legalized.At the time, Sessions called the policy change a “return to the rule of law.”But Barr told lawmakers the current state of marijuana reform is “untenable and really has to be addressed.” He said that marijuana policy is a “binary choice” and the federal government should either ban marijuana everywhere, or create a standardized way for states to take their own approach to legalization.Barr also told the committee he did not intend to use limited federal resources within the Justice Department to enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have already legalized the drug in one form or another.“But I think it’s incumbent on the Congress to make a decision as to whether we are going to have a federal system,” he added. “Because this is breeding disrespect for the federal law.”Source: Newsweek (US)Author:  Alexandra HutzlerPublished: January 15, 2019Copyright: 2019 Newsweek, Inc.Contact: letters newsweek.comWebsite: http://www.newsweek.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on January 22, 2019 at 19:23:31 PT
It ain't over 'til it's over..
Same song... 419th verse! Colorado Sheriff warns Texas on marijuana legalization
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Comment #2 posted by Soup Herb on January 22, 2019 at 10:36:15 PT:
Lemmings, just a bunch of scared lemmings willing to jump off the cliff to certain death for fear of the evil Cannabis/Hemp terrors!!!  Just had to share this article...
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Comment #1 posted by afterburner on January 16, 2019 at 13:06:04 PT
William Barr, another Whack Job from Trump
Just legalize it already. How many more states need to legalize before the US federal government backs down from their superstitious discrimination against peaceful cannabis celebrants?And Canada get with the social justice action:Liberals must pass a cannabis amnesty law.
By Tiffany Gooch, Opinion.
Sun. Jan. 13, 2019
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