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Sunday Poll: Agree or Disagree With AG’s Decision on Marijuana Legalization?

January 7, 2018 Featured, Sunday Poll No Comments
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On Thursday last week U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended a 2013 rule allowing federal prosecutors to ignore violations of federal marijuana laws, as long as state laws permit the activity.

The Department of Justice today issued a memo on federal marijuana enforcement policy announcing a return to the rule of law and the rescission of previous guidance documents. Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970, Congress has generally prohibited the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana.

In the memorandum, Attorney General Jeff Sessions directs all U.S. Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress and to follow well-established principles when pursuing prosecutions related to marijuana activities. This return to the rule of law is also a return of trust and local control to federal prosecutors who know where and how to deploy Justice Department resources most effectively to reduce violent crime, stem the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantle criminal gangs.

“It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Therefore, today’s memo on federal marijuana enforcement simply directs all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.” (Department of Justice)

You can read the memo here. This return to enforcing existing controlled substance laws is the subject of today’s non-scientific poll.

This poll will close at 8pm tonight.

— Steve Patterson

 

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