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  1. Ron Strider

    Sessions "Can't Comment" On Marijuana Crackdown Plans

    U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization. But in an interview on Thursday he was guarded about the Trump administration's plans to push back against the growing number of states that are ending cannabis prohibition. "I can't comment on the existence...
  2. Ron Strider

    Sessions Says It Would Be 'Healthy' To Have 'More Cannabis Competition' For Research

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he wants to see "more competition" among medical marijuana growers who supply the plant to researchers, in his Wednesday morning testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Utah Republican, asked Sessions to "clarify" the...
  3. Ron Strider

    Don't Let Sessions Turn Back The Clock On Medical Marijuana

    How ironic is it that conservatives who routinely criticize the federal government's allegedly heavy-handed intrusions into state and local affairs seem to have no problem with such interventions when the overreach happens to advance policies dear to their own hearts? This year we've seen a...
  4. Ron Strider

    These 11 Words From Jeff Sessions Should Strike Fear Into The Marijuana Industry

    Pardon the pun, but the marijuana industry has been growing like a weed for years -- and it has rapidly changing perceptions about the drug among the public to thank for it. According to a CBS News poll conducted in July 1979, just 27% of those surveyed believed marijuana should be legal...
  5. Ron Strider

    On The Medical Marijuana Amendment, Trump And Sessions Are Wrong

    Never underestimate the dishonesty of politicians. Exemplary is the opposition of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extending the Rohrabacher Medical Marijuana Amendment to prohibit the expenditure of federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana businesses that are...
  6. Ron Strider

    Attorney General Sessions Says Marijuana Still Illegal

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday criticized the legalization of marijuana in multiple states and warned that the federal law banning use and sale of the drug "remains in effect," remarks that could stoke fears of a federal crackdown. "I've never felt that we should legalize...
  7. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions Slams Marijuana Legalization (Again)

    The nation's top law enforcer is continuing to speak out against marijuana legalization. "I've never felt that we should legalize marijuana," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Wednesday. "It doesn't strike me that the country would be better if it's being sold on every street...
  8. Ron Strider

    Colorado Defends Its Legal Marijuana Program In Strong Letter To Jeff Sessions

    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman (R) mounted a vigorous defense of their state's legalized and regulated marijuana program Thursday, replying to a critical letter from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that was directed at states that have legalized marijuana...
  9. Ron Strider

    OR: Governor Defends State's Cannabis Regulations

    Gov. Kate Brown is pushing back against accusations by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Oregon's marijuana regulations have failed to adequately protect public health and prevent leakage into the illicit market. In a letter to Sessions Aug. 22, Brown detailed protections and...
  10. Ron Strider

    Oregon's Governor, State Police Chief Stand Up For Marijuana

    Oregon's governor and the head of the state police defended the state's legal marijuana industry in letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been hinting at a crackdown on states such as Oregon that have legalized pot in defiance of federal law. Gov. Kate Brown noted Tuesday in...
  11. Ron Strider

    What Jeff Sessions Got Wrong On Marijuana, According To Washington State Officials

    Officials in Washington state think U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has it all wrong when it comes to the state's legal marijuana market. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee and State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, both Democrats, fired off a letter saying Sessions recently made "a number of...
  12. Ron Strider

    Congress Appears Ready To Buck Sessions On Medical Marijuana

    Congress will likely renew protections next month for state medical marijuana laws -- but pro-pot lawmakers and advocates are still watching nervously in case Attorney General Jeff Sessions launches a last-minute sabotage campaign. For nearly three years now, Congress has maintained a policy...
  13. Ron Strider

    Oregon Pushes Back Against Jeff Sessions' Marijuana Enforcement Letter

    Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday pushed back against sharp questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed at her state and three others that have legalized recreational marijuana. Brown, in a letter dated Tuesday, tells Sessions her state's marijuana laws are working, questions the...
  14. Ron Strider

    Governors Debate Marijuana Facts With Jeff Sessions Via Snail Mail

    The ongoing series of veiled threats and vague statements regarding the Trump Administration's potential policies on legalized marijuana has, in part, become an argument over facts. As in, what actually constitutes one? The latest example came in an exchange of letters in recent weeks...
  15. Ron Strider

    Sessions Looks Set To Back Off His Marijuana Crackdown

    Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions's well-known anti-pot prejudices, a broad federal crackdown on marijuana in states that have legalized it seems unlikely in light of the recommendations from a Justice Department subcommittee charged with studying the issue. The Associated Press...
  16. Ron Strider

    FL: Will Fort Pierce Be Next Treasure Coast Community To Ban Medical Marijuana Shops

    Two city commissioners want to follow Indian River County's lead in banning medical marijuana dispensaries. Commissioners Rufus Alexander and Reggie Sessions in July said they support banning the dispensaries because they fear owners of the facilities would place them in lower-income...
  17. Ron Strider

    AK: Governors Of Two States With Legal Marijuana Push Back On Trump Administration

    Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney...
  18. Ron Strider

    Canna Conflict: States, Not Feds, Control The Fate Of Marijuana Law And Policy

    Last week, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) adopted a formal resolution that Congress enable financial institutions to serve marijuana businesses. The forcefulness of the resolution is a first from a cannabis angle: it did not ask Congress to pass a banking bill specific to...
  19. Ron Strider

    Is Sessions' Opposition To Legal Marijuana Racially Motivated

    Much to the dismay of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a budget amendment in an appropriations bill covering fiscal 2017. The amendment would protect states with responsible medical marijuana laws from Department of Justice...
  20. Ron Strider

    Jeff Sessions Finally Replies To John Hickenlooper's Marijuana Letter

    Colorado's cannabis industry has been holding its collective breath ever since President Donald Trump nominated Jeff Sessions for attorney general. And since he was sworn in, Sessions, a proponent of the war on drugs, hasn't been shy about saying that marijuana should remain illegal federally...
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