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  posted on 11/18/2016 at 02:36 PM
<<<IN MY INBOX THIS MORNING FROM DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE>>>

This was our worst nightmare.

Donald Trump has picked Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General.

It really couldn’t get any worse.

Over these last four years we’ve made great gains across the political spectrum toward treating drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. Jeff Sessions will try to dismantle all that.

Jeff Sessions is a drug war extremist. There’s really no way around that.

As a U.S. Senator from Alabama, Sessions called for increased federal marijuana enforcement, and said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” He once joked that his only issue with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use. He was even denied a federal judgeship 30 years ago, by a Republican-controlled Senate, for racist views.

Get ready for raids on marijuana businesses. Get ready for militarized, Reagan-era drug war tactics.

We can’t let this stand.

The Drug Policy Alliance and our allies will fight Jeff Sessions’ nomination in the Senate tooth and nail. He won’t be nominated until Donald Trump takes office and the new Congress is in session. But with only six new Senators taking office, we must start fighting now.

Tell your Senators to oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

This nomination makes it clear that the new administration will be an enemy of drug policy reform, and we’ll be fighting to defend our hard fought victories for the next four years.

You can help us fight any and all attempts to expand the drug war by becoming a sustaining member today. We’re going to need all the help we can get over these next four years, and just $10 a month will go a long way.

We will fight to preserve everything we’ve gained, and we’ll never stop advocating for drug laws grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.


Sincerely,

Bill Piper
Director of National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance

 

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  posted on 11/18/2016 at 03:00 PM
I don't buy that any of that can happen. I wouldn't worry too much about Trump and his cabinet. They will only affect you if you allow them to. I know you wouldn't want to sound like all the Obama bashers here.

[Edited on 11/18/2016 by BoytonBrother]

 

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  posted on 11/18/2016 at 03:40 PM
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I don't buy that any of that can happen. I wouldn't worry too much about Trump and his cabinet. They will only affect you if you allow them to. I know you wouldn't want to sound like all the Obama bashers here.

[Edited on 11/18/2016 by BoytonBrother]


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  posted on 11/18/2016 at 07:33 PM
The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.

 

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  posted on 11/18/2016 at 09:27 PM
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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???

 

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  posted on 11/18/2016 at 10:58 PM
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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???


Especially for a self-described ex-pothead like Obama.

 

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  posted on 11/19/2016 at 12:32 PM
Too late, it is a done deal.
Jeff Sessions will be our next Attorney General.


 

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  posted on 11/19/2016 at 12:37 PM
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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???


My biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform. I've ranted about this very topic many times in this forum and still can't understand why he's wavered so badly.

My only thought is that given his past marijuana use he's reluctant to tarnish his legacy by being the president that at least reschedules....

I'm not sure if anyone saw the Bill Maher episode a few weeks ago when Bill asked him point blank why he hasn't made any effort on this issue only to hear a reply about it being a health issue and not a criminal one. Obama completely ducked the question and Bill never really called him on his lame answer or asked him why he has failed to make it a health issue.

To be clear, yes marijuana abuse, like any drug abuse (including and especially alcohol), should be treated as a health issue. But that doesn't really answer why Obama has done NOTHING to shift the federal response to making it a health issue instead of a war on our own people.

Now we have an ultra right wing zealot soon to be running the Justice Dept. who wants to expand the war on drugs. Very disappointing, Barack Obama!

 

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  posted on 11/19/2016 at 12:49 PM
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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???


My biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform. I've ranted about this very topic many times in this forum and still can't understand why he's wavered so badly.

My only thought is that given his past marijuana use he's reluctant to tarnish his legacy by being the president that at least reschedules....

I'm not sure if anyone saw the Bill Maher episode a few weeks ago when Bill asked him point blank why he hasn't made any effort on this issue only to hear a reply about it being a health issue and not a criminal one. Obama completely ducked the question and Bill never really called him on his lame answer or asked him why he has failed to make it a health issue.

To be clear, yes marijuana abuse, like any drug abuse (including and especially alcohol), should be treated as a health issue. But that doesn't really answer why Obama has done NOTHING to shift the federal response to making it a health issue instead of a war on our own people.

Now we have an ultra right wing zealot soon to be running the Justice Dept. who wants to expand the war on drugs. Very disappointing, Barack Obama!

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Your biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform?

Really?

It is no wonder the liberals lost the election.

 

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  posted on 11/19/2016 at 02:37 PM
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<<<IN MY INBOX THIS MORNING FROM DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE>>>

This was our worst nightmare.

Donald Trump has picked Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General.

It really couldn’t get any worse.

Over these last four years we’ve made great gains across the political spectrum toward treating drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. Jeff Sessions will try to dismantle all that.

Jeff Sessions is a drug war extremist. There’s really no way around that.

As a U.S. Senator from Alabama, Sessions called for increased federal marijuana enforcement, and said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” He once joked that his only issue with the Ku Klux Klan was their drug use. He was even denied a federal judgeship 30 years ago, by a Republican-controlled Senate, for racist views.

Get ready for raids on marijuana businesses. Get ready for militarized, Reagan-era drug war tactics.

We can’t let this stand.

The Drug Policy Alliance and our allies will fight Jeff Sessions’ nomination in the Senate tooth and nail. He won’t be nominated until Donald Trump takes office and the new Congress is in session. But with only six new Senators taking office, we must start fighting now.

Tell your Senators to oppose Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

This nomination makes it clear that the new administration will be an enemy of drug policy reform, and we’ll be fighting to defend our hard fought victories for the next four years.

You can help us fight any and all attempts to expand the drug war by becoming a sustaining member today. We’re going to need all the help we can get over these next four years, and just $10 a month will go a long way.

We will fight to preserve everything we’ve gained, and we’ll never stop advocating for drug laws grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.


Sincerely,

Bill Piper
Director of National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance




I thought the individual states were doing their own things related to decriminalizing/legalizing pot. I thought the federal govt.'s role should be against drugs that come over the borders, why should they care if someone has some pot plants in their yard or basement?

My personal opinion of pot is that it is not a good drug for recreational use, you cannot effectively drive while you are high on it, but I guess if you are not going anywhere then that doesn't matter. It has properties that help people with glaucoma and other medical problems, so if someone wants to use it for a medical problem, then that should be up to them.

I basically just think the govt. needs to get out of people's bodies. It should not be the govt.'s role to tell you what you can or cannot put in your body. Your health, your vices are your decision. If you go out driving while stoned and have an accident, then it becomes a public health, safety issue, but if you just want to go home and relax, and use whatever you want to use to do that, it should not be their business.

Again, I just did not think personal pot use was under the auspices of the federal govt., since some states legalized it recently, would the Attorney General overturn state laws or create a federal law to supersede that?

 

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  posted on 11/19/2016 at 03:22 PM
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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???


My biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform. I've ranted about this very topic many times in this forum and still can't understand why he's wavered so badly.

My only thought is that given his past marijuana use he's reluctant to tarnish his legacy by being the president that at least reschedules....

I'm not sure if anyone saw the Bill Maher episode a few weeks ago when Bill asked him point blank why he hasn't made any effort on this issue only to hear a reply about it being a health issue and not a criminal one. Obama completely ducked the question and Bill never really called him on his lame answer or asked him why he has failed to make it a health issue.

To be clear, yes marijuana abuse, like any drug abuse (including and especially alcohol), should be treated as a health issue. But that doesn't really answer why Obama has done NOTHING to shift the federal response to making it a health issue instead of a war on our own people.

Now we have an ultra right wing zealot soon to be running the Justice Dept. who wants to expand the war on drugs. Very disappointing, Barack Obama!

________________________________________________________________________

Your biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform?

Really?

It is no wonder the liberals lost the election.



Yes, really....Much of what Obama accomplished I agree with and support. Some of which I don't. And I don't consider myself a liberal but rather a moderate, progressive thinking independent.

 

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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???


My biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform. I've ranted about this very topic many times in this forum and still can't understand why he's wavered so badly.

My only thought is that given his past marijuana use he's reluctant to tarnish his legacy by being the president that at least reschedules....

I'm not sure if anyone saw the Bill Maher episode a few weeks ago when Bill asked him point blank why he hasn't made any effort on this issue only to hear a reply about it being a health issue and not a criminal one. Obama completely ducked the question and Bill never really called him on his lame answer or asked him why he has failed to make it a health issue.

To be clear, yes marijuana abuse, like any drug abuse (including and especially alcohol), should be treated as a health issue. But that doesn't really answer why Obama has done NOTHING to shift the federal response to making it a health issue instead of a war on our own people.

Now we have an ultra right wing zealot soon to be running the Justice Dept. who wants to expand the war on drugs. Very disappointing, Barack Obama!

________________________________________________________________________

Your biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform?

Really?

It is no wonder the liberals lost the election.



Yes, really....Much of what Obama accomplished I agree with and support. Some of which I don't. And I don't consider myself a liberal but rather a moderate, progressive thinking independent.

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So far that thinking has only brought you disappointment.
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  posted on 11/19/2016 at 05:16 PM
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  posted on 11/20/2016 at 03:19 PM
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The Pres will set the agenda however Obama hasnt made any meaningful reform either.


I actually agree with him.

Obama could have done so much by now, at least reschedule.

What is the hold up???


My biggest disappointment with Obama has been his complete failure with regard to marijuana reform. I've ranted about this very topic many times in this forum and still can't understand why he's wavered so badly.

My only thought is that given his past marijuana use he's reluctant to tarnish his legacy by being the president that at least reschedules....

I'm not sure if anyone saw the Bill Maher episode a few weeks ago when Bill asked him point blank why he hasn't made any effort on this issue only to hear a reply about it being a health issue and not a criminal one. Obama completely ducked the question and Bill never really called him on his lame answer or asked him why he has failed to make it a health issue.

To be clear, yes marijuana abuse, like any drug abuse (including and especially alcohol), should be treated as a health issue. But that doesn't really answer why Obama has done NOTHING to shift the federal response to making it a health issue instead of a war on our own people.

Now we have an ultra right wing zealot soon to be running the Justice Dept. who wants to expand the war on drugs. Very disappointing, Barack Obama!

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On January 16, 2017, a new form 4473 will go into effect and all old versions of the form not already filled out must be destroyed.

The new version has the same questions, but added to question 11.e is the phrase, " Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational purposes in the state where you reside."

So, if you use pot, possess pot, use it under a prescription, or get caught with pot, you can lose your right to purchase a firearm because it is still a Federal Crime to do any of the above, no matter what laws were passed in your state.

And I thought Obama liked pot smokers.



 
 


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