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US Attorney: A call for transparency and action on marijuana (Guest opinion)

US Attorney: A call for transparency and action on marijuana (Guest opinion) US Attorney: A call for transparency and action on marijuana (Guest opinion)
Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 08:32

This discrepancy has created a valuation gap between pot stocks with Canadian operations and those with USA businesses, and prompted more companies with US assets to list north of the border on exchanges like NEO and the Canadian Securities Exchange. Keeping it listed alongside the highly-addictive and far more unsafe heroin and cocaine makes no sense given what's been seen in Alaska and elsewhere it has been legalized.

"This is a straightforward rule of law issue", Lelling said in a statement.

The argument against the current law rests in large measure on the conviction that drug laws ought primarily to be the province of the states rather than the federal government.

And of course, we argued that the Waters of the USA regulation went beyond the scope of the Clean Water Rule. "And there's research now that shows high potency product is more in demand in the US, and pot from Mexico tends to be a lower potency".

As the Drug Policy Alliance has shown, the criminalization regime and enforcement of keeping marijuana and others drugs illegal costs the US government more than $50 billion annually-that includes the outrageous costs of imprisoning tens of thousands of people for nonviolent drug offenses.

That Attorney General Jeff Sessions says "stricter enforcement by prosecutors will help tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country" shows how ignorant he is about marijuana. Finally, a president and attorney general who follow the letter of the law.

The influence of marijuana on a driver, the additional cost of enforcing those new laws while also policing the "black market" of pot, the allure to younger people because the drug is becoming a normal thing are all valid concerns raised by the California Police Chiefs Association.

Benjamin E. Park, an assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, wrote this week in The Washington Post that Session "as a former senator from the South known for trumpeting the sovereignty of state power over federal overreach, his defense of vigorous national control, in this case to overturn practices that had been initiated by state ballots, seems contradictory, even hypocritical". In fact, he has no choice, given his solemn vow to "bear true faith and allegiance to" the Constitution.

I do not believe Alford is a racist. As have the people of Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, and Maine. In October of 2017, a Gallup survey found that 64 percent of Americans now favor legal marijuana-the highest level ever recorded. This is their choice, even if I voted differently.

There is a good chance that there would be bipartisan support for the feds getting out of the marijuana regulation business.

"No, Attorney General Sessions".

Not coincidentally, Sessions also opposes reforming civil asset forfeiture, which allows the government to seize the property of the accused even before they're convicted of a crime - and makes it hard and sometimes impossible even for those found not guilty to get their property back. A similar study examining Medicare Part D prescription data found a significant drop in prescriptions of drugs to treat anxiety, depression, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity in states with legalized marijuana. Cory Gardner (R-CO) met Wednesday with Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding their conflict over marijuana policy, but Gardner reported no progress.

We must hold fast to the arrangements made by our founders. Members of Congress have put law enforcement in an awkward spot by looking away as states diverge from federal statute. I have spoken with Sen. Leaders of the Democratic-controlled Legislature said a bill could be passed by early spring. If you don't like Sessions' marijuana decision, change the law.

Ken Buck, a Republican from Greeley, represents Colorado's 4th Congressional District.