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Last Chance To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers From Jeff Sessions

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director April 28, 2017

    Medical marijuana

    Update: Congress passed a one-week continuing resolution to maintain the current federal spending levels with the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment included, meaning state medical marijuana patients and businesses will remain protected from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice until May 5.

    Today is the final day that Congress has to pass a short-term budget to fund the federal government and it’s up to us to make sure that lawmakers reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment. This critical amendment stops Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice from targeting state-sanctioned medical marijuana patients, growers, caregivers, and providers.

    Click here now to tell your member of Congress to Stop Sessions from going after marijuana.

    94% of US voters support legal access to medical marijuana. Congress needs to understand that this is a mandate that is non-negotiable.

    We cannot give one inch of our hard fought victories when we still have so far to go.

    Take action today to protect our gains and to keep in place programs that millions of patients have come to rely upon. Tomorrow we continue our fight to legalize marijuana nationwide.

    Click HERE now to make your voice heard!

    Background:

    Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice. The amendment, known as the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment, maintains that federal funds can not be used to prevent states from “implementing their own state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.”

    In December, Congress re-authorized the amendment as part of a short term spending package, House Resolution 2028. This bill extends federal funding through April 28, 2017, at which time the measure — and the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment — will expire.

    According to recently released nationwide survey data, the majority of Americans are on our side. A whopping 93 percent support the medical use of marijuana. Perhaps most importantly, 71 percent of voters — including strong majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents — say that they “oppose the government enforcing federal laws against marijuana in states that have already legalized medical or recreational marijuana.”

    Again, please contact your member of Congress right now to protect legal state medical marijuana patients and businesses. 

     

    39 Responses to “Last Chance To Protect Medical Marijuana Patients and Providers From Jeff Sessions”

    1. Duane Olson says:

      I see no reason that marijuana should be illegal.
      I am 57 years old and have smoked marijuana since I was 14.
      I certainly do not endorse minors consuming any form of any drug. I could very well be an exception as opposed to the rule, but I have no indication of having reduced mental capacity nor do I have any desire for any other drugs. Plus my alcohol consumption is reduced while under the influence of marijuana. Alcohol does not go well with Nutter Butter Sandwich Cookies and ice cream.
      Any time I have had concerns that I may be subject to a drug test I simply quit until the concern is over. This indicates to me that the addictive nature of marijuana is minimal at best.
      I know many people who benefit from marijuana as a medicine, reducing the need for pain medication or depression meds.

    2. Sean says:

      Americans need to take responsibility for their votes. You can’t vote in Trump and expect an incense and peppermints marijuana policy.That’s just not happening. Because America is stupid enough to vote for Trump and extend the drug war, because are addicted to drug wars, then they get what they deserve. Canadians know where their bread is buttered and many believe in cannabis reform, they vote consistently and get a cannabis advocate like Trudeau. Stupid America, you can wait until 2025 for any cannabis reform. Until then, enjoy the extended drug war that you voted for.

      • Me says:

        Yeah, people should have voted Libertarian. They had their chance to keep all their liberties (and not lose them with a crazy Clinton in office) and have marijuana too.

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          Bullshit on that. There was only one sane alternative to a vote for Trump, and that was a vote for Hillary. Way to fuck things up, Libertarian Trump-enablers!

        • dave says:

          Crooked Hillary Felony Clinton was a Prohibitionist. She said it would never be legal because there is to much money in it by keeping it illegal. You have a better shot at ending prohibition with Trump.

      • Julian says:

        Look, no one on this blog is stereotyping all Canadians for lying about Ham being Bacon, or apologizing too much, so let’s not say “America” is at fault for “trump” shall we?

      • TheOracle says:

        I am hoping for Trump’s early exit from office, along with Pence, Sessions and everybody else who was supposed to have read Flynn’s vetting report and either didn’t read the report or hired him anyway, and shit. Trump, you have to actually read a ton of shit and process it and consider it. So you believed Ryan about health care and he gave you a shit bill, and the keep giving you shit legislation, yet you campaigned on affordable health care for all Americans, you might as well jus ask the Democrats to come up with legislation that will patch up the problems with it AND expand it to more Americans, not fewer. Americans want cannabis legalized, too.

        http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-team-did-vet-flynn-hired-him-anyway-nbc-news-932519491657

        Goodbye, Donald. Farewell. Adieu. You can just stay in your resort in Florida. Start packing up your things in the White House for the moving van.

        Before you go though, Donald, please legalize marijuana. Command Sessions to compose a memorandum that keeps the feds the fuck out of ALL things the cannabis community wants the feds to stop fucking with. Same thing for Mnuchin, issues a memo that gets the IRS the fuck off the backs of the cannabis community. That’s the subtext to the Congress and the public that they should pass Rohrabacher-Fahr and other legislation designed by the lobbyists for the cannabis community.

      • Tom says:

        Why is it that the vast majority stopped throwing temper tantrums and falling to the ground kicking and crying because they didn’t get their way when they were about 6-8 years old, but you grown people can’t seem to handle a loss of any kind? Grow up! If we can deal with a worthless terrorist supporter like Nobama for 8 years you can deal with Trump the same way!

        • Mark Mitcham says:

          Trump is a terrorist, you are right about that. Stop crying because your guy Trump is a racist asshole and we will never respect him or accept him. So fuck off.

    3. Nomad says:

      You wanted Trump you got him and all that comes with him; now live with it.

    4. SANTA CLAUS says:

      It’s been hours since the temporary Congressional legislation passed, did lawmakers reauthorize the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment? Norml should post the result immediately, despite this being a Friday.

    5. MLE says:

      I did not vote for Trump. The US had to pick between a douche and a shit sandwich and the shittier of the two won.

      Most of the US (that are paying attention) are horrified and fear he and his collection of creeps will incite war.

      Trust me, we’re TRYING to live with it.

      And trying to not let him fuck up health insurance AND send women’s rights back a century.

    6. Mike L. Wallace Jr. says:

      Isn’t the real issue that Cannabis is illegally being kept illegal because it was illegally made illegal ?

      • Julian says:

        Bad billionaires like the Kochs, Mercers, Paulsens and Trumps look to make their illegal activity legal by creating bad laws. The real “issue” is why so few of us have contacted, called or met with our representatives to reform marijuana law. It’s just a click on the green Act tab. Takes less time than it takes to post this post. What choice do we have? Do we think a few billionaires with apparent desires to legalize marijuana are going to do it all for us?

    7. Jon Bovi says:

      It’s not the Trumpster necessarily because he said he’d leave States alone – it’s some of the Republicans and some Dems too that are bought off by Big Pharma, Alcohol and Tobacco who don’t want to affect their pocketbooks – Like someone who really knows told me (because he’s a lobbyist) when The Cannabis people start throwing money around then they will get more attention. Unfortunately $$$ is what makes the world go round folks.

      • Julian says:

        Oh for Fuck’s Sake, who do you think you’re fooling here? Denial is a very ugly, ugly, toupee of finasteride-ridden delusions of grandeur waiting to be deposed.

      • Chiclett says:

        I think there is good reason to bring up why Trump might want to keep things illegal. Does nobody know that Trump & his buddies are heavily invested in the private prison industry?
        We are going to lose so many rights and liberties over the next 2 terms. I expect triple the number of people that we have today to be filling to walls of correctional facilities, freshly built on the tax payer’s dime and benefiting the top tiers of our monetary society.

    8. Anonymous says:

      When its your spouse child or yourself that needs weed to aid in living with terrible chonic pain then you can tell me something my husband died he begged for some pot he died in terrible pain its personal now ask yourself what if you were me he’s beyound help now he was only 58 I’m begging make pot legal I couldn’t help my man such a nice guy forty years together some pot would have helped his pain how can this be right it isnt

    9. Paula says:

      What mean spirited people you are. Obama didn’t fix it either

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        Fuck that racist asshole Trump and all his supporters. It’s the racism that is “mean-spirited.” Are you crazy? Or just racist?

    10. Soooooooo, what’s the word? Did it get extended? What gives?

      • Julian says:

        I just caught the update above after posting “we still don’t know” too.
        Yes, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment was extended, if only for one week. I know, only one week to fund the government? Our creditors in China must be thinking “fuckit, just let North Korea throw their nukes.” The GOP reaaaally needs to get their $#!+ together.

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