Trump changes stance on marijuana (1 Viewer)

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Seems like he used to say he would leave it up to each state, but now says that Federal law will be enforced.

Washington (CNN)The White House said Thursday it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted.

"I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance.

White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement - CNNPolitics.com
 

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*Jeff Sessions

Dude needs to smoke some weed to chill out. He has like a 10ft pole stuck up his rectum he's so rigid.

"States Rights", unless we don't agree with it that is.


And then there's this total BS:

Spicer on Thursday, however, linked marijuana use with the widespread abuse of painkillers, suggesting that allowing recreational use of marijuana could be interpreted as condoning drug use more widely.

"When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people," Spicer said. "There is still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and drugs of that nature."
If you legalize weed, opioid use will decrease you bumbling idiot. SMH.
 

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There was/is actually a bill to address this called the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act" or something like it. I was interested to see how it turned out. Maybe Trump pressure has made that decision easier on them.

 

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so much for phasing out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons | Reuters

"The U.S. Justice Department has reversed an order by the Obama administration to phase out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

In a memo made public on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future needs of the federal prison system."
 

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I wonder what's going to happen in states like mine, where it's been legalized. Under Federal law, there's really nothing other than the previous administration's decision to "non-enforce" that prevents Federal agents from raiding and arresting those in the cannabis business, is there?
 

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https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/975/cosponsors

Started out with 7 Democrat and 7 Republican co-sponsors. If passed this would block the ability of Trump or sessions to override it. POTUS can choose to be lenient or not to enforce, but cannot choose to directly violate law by enforcing something marked explicitly as legal.

PS Have to love the Federal spelling "marihuana".
 
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Well, his classifying undocumented folks as "criminals" for parking and speeding tickets doesn't give me the idea he will be reasonable about this, although it contradicts his campaign stance on marijuana.

For profit prisons are a horrible idea. Wonder how much money they donated to get the direction changed on this? :aargh:
 

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good ole America, where business liberty Trumps personal freedom.
 

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There was/is actually a bill to address this called the "Respect State Marijuana Laws Act" or something like it. I was interested to see how it turned out. Maybe Trump pressure has made that decision easier on them.

For all the talk about the new federalism from conservatives, their hatered of marijuana and womens rights will always trump states rights
 
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Don't forget their hatred of teh gays. Also, not really conservatives, is it? More like tea party types and Evangelicals.
 

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so much for phasing out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons | Reuters

"The U.S. Justice Department has reversed an order by the Obama administration to phase out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

In a memo made public on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future monetary needs of the federal prison system."
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Private prisons are a joke (except for the inmates). Low wages, terrible morale, abhorrent conditions, but hey as long as the bottom line is met and they're running at the 95% occupancy guaranteed by the government.
 

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so much for phasing out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

U.S. reverses Obama-era move to phase out private prisons | Reuters

"The U.S. Justice Department has reversed an order by the Obama administration to phase out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons.

In a memo leak to the public on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Obama policy impaired the government's ability to meet the future needs of the federal prison system."
Fixed it. They need to keep those stocktickers up (CCA and GEO) and make the Heritage Foundation happy.
 

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The simultaneous need for more private prisons is an ironic side-issue in this thread. We need more prisons because we've got too many prisoners. Maybe we should try to reduce the number of prisoners?

If only there were a set of misguided and counterproductive laws that disproportionately target non-violent and minority offenders, that we could rethink our whole approach to.
 

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I think the number in Colorado for last year was $1.3 billion in sales. I can't see the rationale in pushing that much money, and the jobs and tax money tied to it, back to the black market.
 

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Don't feel like finding the link on my phone but the for profit prison companies lobby heavily to maintain criminal drug possession laws.

Just what ******* conservative principle does that embody?
 

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