BREAKING: Attorney General Vote Delayed

  • by Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director January 24, 2017

    jeff-sessions-f (1)Today, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee requested a delay on the vote to advance Jeff Sessions to the full Senate for confirmation to become the next Attorney General.

    The delay comes at the request of California Senator Diane Feinstein, who justified the delay for the American public to learn more about Senator Sessions’ background and cited Saturday’s Women’s March as justification.

    While this in no way means that Sessions will not merely be advanced and approved next week, it does buy us time to make our voices heard in regards to his stance on marijuana policy. One more week of the federal government not arresting responsible consumers in states that have legalized recreational or medical marijuana. One more week for us to reach out to the Senate to apply more scrutiny to Sessions.

    Email your Senators now to make sure that marijuana is front and center.

    For weeks we have been calling upon NORML members to contact their Senators to oppose the Sessions if he would not clearly declare that he would not use federal resources to prosecute marijuana consumers.

    To date Senator Sessions has made no such clarification.

    Tens of thousands of people have participated by emailing their home state Senators – and we need to keep the pressure up.

    Join us and thousands of other regular Americans who are voicing their anger about the continued prohibition of marijuana and engage in your democracy- email your Senators now.

    67 responses to “BREAKING: Attorney General Vote Delayed”

    1. Galileo Galilei says:

      This guy will find himself allocating limited resources where they’ll do the most good, just like the guy before him. Marijuana prohibition is an obvious waste of resources. But Senator Sessions may rely on some trumped up set of ‘alternative facts’ to guide his judgement.

      One well placed anti-marijuana zealot could now set our cause back a decade or more.

      Vote NORML first.
      Stay thirsty my friends.

    2. johhnyd says:

      The sky is fallling, The sky is falling! Jeff Sessions will allow the states to continue to call their own shots. Were ya’ll just in Washington marching with the ” pink”? How many of you are gonna stop smoking if the laws WOULD change? This has become a platform for Trump whiners to whine. Put the twist on a fatty and chill the hell out!

      • Mark Mitcham says:

        @ johhnyd,
        Your statement “Jeff Sessions will allow the states to continue to call their own shots” flies in the face of the evidence, including things he himself has said recently and in the past. So, what do you think you know that the rest of us don’t know? Are you saying you have dirty pictures of him? Got Sessions blackmailed, do you? Interracial love? Mmmm! I’d like to see those!

        Yes, I marched with “the pink.” It doesn’t detract from my manhood, it affirms it. What’s your insecurity about women?

        Finally, I’ll “chill out” just as soon as Trump, Pence, and Sessions all line up to kiss my ass!

      • Evening Bud says:


        Your post reveals two things about you. Your reference to the recent demonstrations against Drumpf as “pink” betrays your hatred of women, and your penchant for guilt-tripping with labels. And your comment asking how many of us would stop smoking, just because the laws might change, reveals your selfish side. Like many black marketeers, you actually don’t care about fellow Americans being imprisoned for pot, but only the fact that you have access to the black market. johnnyd’s credo: what’s in it for ME? (fuck everybody else).

    3. Julian says:

      I was gonna respond to little Johhny but he has some catching up to do in basic civics and basic manners like the Golden Rule before we divert our attention one second from citizen lobbying.
      You seem more intelligent of a Trump supporter, if there exists such a thing, so in response to your comment
      “Koch support legalization”
      Because they own some magazine or donate pocket change to our cause… the lion’s share of their interests are in creating absolutely NO government, NO legalization. What we mean when we say “decriminalization” is specifically stop putting people in jail for small possessions. What the Koch brothers mean is “yeah sure, marijuana decriminalization… look at that while my real policy is to not get prosecuted for poisoning your water supply and paying off your Congress and the American Chemistry Council to make sure plastics are made with my patented petrochemicals, not cellulose hemp oil.”
      Look at what they did in the farm bill. While Mitch McConnel went on a hemp only, no marijuana push for the hemp research amendment, they were shutting the government down just to cash in on oil subsidies. During the chaos, the Kochs slipped in legislation that would prohibit hemp for the use of fuels and plastics. The Koch brothers own nearly half of Georgia Pacific which would compete with donestic hemp for building materials, packaging and paper. They donate mildly to an oposing agenda in order to appear friendly to marijuana and hemp when their real agenda is to pay off Congress to keep from being punished for breaking the law and protecting their toxic patents. Thats why they stole the election through voter caging:


      Still, the hemp farm bill has a chance in this federal legislature if Trump gets off the Koch Cock:


      Contact http://www.votehemp.com for a federal lobby day in DC this March.

    4. Anonymous says:

      Hypocrisy, they name is Republican
      Arkansas lawmakers are proposing some big changes to the medical marijuana amendment that voters approved this past November.

      Two bills are in the works that would not allow patients to smoke medical marijuana and a third bill would delay implementing Arkansas’ Medical Marijuana Amendment until the federal government legalizes it.
      Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, said the amendment has put state lawmakers in a difficult position because they’re being asked to set up a system that violates federal law.

      He has asked the attorney general to weigh in on that.

      “I believe until the federal government does it’s job and actually changes the law on marijuana that we are in a situation where we cannot honestly move forward because it is an irreconcilable difference. There is disharmony between federal and state laws,” Rapert said.
      On his Facebook page, re Marriage equality:
      “The majority of the population in any state has the freedom to vote for laws, support laws and live under laws that they themselves decide by majority vote are right for their states and that they wish to abide by.” “Throwing out the will of 750,000 Arkansas people who went to the polls and voted for the Arkansas Marriage Amendment is not how representative democracy was meant to work.
      Fifty-five percent of the people in Senator Rapert’s Senate district voted for the medical marijuana amendment 6. Fifty-seven voted for Senator Rapert.

    5. Chris says:

      Long time reader of NORML website ,

      The one thing that keeps going through my head is the fact that no one has brought up the university of Mississippi in OXFORD, Mississippi ,

      which senator Sessions will be arriving from if chosen to become the next attorney general of the united states of America ….

      I mean if he is from a state ,that i’m sure collected some form of federal funding for operating a cannabis farm for a certain project,
      (Compassionate Investigational New Drug program or Compassionate IND) then he has to know of the compassion for people and cannabis…….

      I hope that his boundaries are lifted in this matter and we as Americans can take back what should have never even been taken away from us in the first place….

      From Ground to usage without altercation should never be used against consumers……

      Cannabis isn’t and never was the problem
      Education simply by opinion will destroy anything…..


      I feel at this point if cannabis reform isn’t handled properly we will be misleading future chances to utilize cannabis.
      I am Proud of where we are with cannabis , and where we are headed …I just hope our paths turn into roads that may build our future…..

      As always
      Thanks for reading

      • Julian says:

        Thats some bad twisted $#!+ youre rolling up Chris. The government farm at Ol Miss has been a farce: A violation of anti-trust laws at least. The government prohibits marijuana with the Controlled Substances Act while there are a selected few who have been receiving joints for decades from this farm. Meanwhile decades of doctors like Dr Sue Sisley have been trying (now with FDA approval) to get more quality marijuana for research to help our veterans with PTS and those with severe neurodegenerative disease… and all we get is a recent little bump for biopharmaceuticals to make mediocre, synthetic cannabinoids.
        Still think we should credit Sessions just because he came from this University or received federal funding?

    6. Jordan says:

      Manic bitch and moan may help you but just because you don’t know how to get the person delusionally thought as a good choice voted in, doesn’t mean you can’t open your eyes ears and use your brain and find out how to accomplish viable cannabis law changed to keep Americans working, & plenty for the nation to profit from to feed this major need to keep Americans out of trouble like seizure, prison, death…And pennyless. If you show the truth Trump could see marijuana in states that past laws for medicine and rec…As part of major building up of business. But if you wish to cry bitch and moan…This negative Nancy approach will not work. Solutions people the President needs viable solutions to move forward…The admin is business minded USA building. Sessions a racist? Doubt it…Sessions anti-marijuana yes unfortunately and we need a pro marijuana AG.

      • Julian says:

        Excuse me for interrupting your negative “bitching and moaning” propaganda Jordan, but no one on this blog …much less anyone who has dedicated themselves to the research and lobbying required to legalize marijuana… is in the least bit amused or confused by your bull$#!+.
        Racism is always about the acquisition of property. And if you do your research, you will find that Sessions is all about the asset forfeitures which target black, latino and American Indian communities disproportionately, even though white Americans consume relatively the same amount of weed. Please get educated on this issue, because white communities are falling victim to meth and heroin believing the kind of “victimless” propaganda youre regurgitating.

    7. chris says:

      @ Julian

      Maybe You have mis understood my direction.

      Just pointing out that Mr. Sessions comes form a state that has been in tolerance of growing and distributing cannabis to the sick, with a university to have detailed research.( which ALL who want to research cannabis , should have the same rights)
      I have re read what I posted and no where in the paragraphs did I mention any credit to Mr Sessions,

      only to those who have fought to get this community where its at now.
      ” I am Proud of where we are with cannabis , and where we are headed …I just hope our paths turn into roads that may build our future…..”

      My sole point was that if he allows this type of research to go on after he becomes the united states attorney general then this is where things need to be brought to light…..

      We the people shouldn’t fear our govt. when they aren’t following the same rules they set forth for us…..

      As always
      Thanks for reading

      [Paul Armentano responds: Senator Sessions is from Alabama, not Mississippi. Also, the Mississippi program is a federally compliant program; it has nothing to do with state law.]

      • chris says:

        Thank you Paul Armentano for my lack of detail. Not sure where I was coming from connecting Mr. Session’s to Mississippi , But yes the program being federal was my point , nothing to do with state level, as he is not being proposed for a state position of government.

        If he says on one hand that cannabis is illegal then how in the world can any program be compliant on a federal level.

        All i’m getting at is, out of the choices Mr. Sessions has to make , but maybe he will seek out to push for the rescheduling off the CSA for cannabis.

        A change is coming , just hope its the story we all want.

        And Again, my apologies for my connection of Mr. Sessions with Mississippi….

        As always
        Thanks for reading

        • Julian says:

          You show good character admitting an error. We all make them, not so many can admit it.
          With that, lets agree to never stop researching:


          There’s too much at stake to speculate on this issue. Many Libertarians should be outraged that Sen. Jeff Flake on the Senate Judiciary would vote for Sessions, who supports asset forfeitures and federal intrusion into our personal lives. Especially after he voted rightfully against Loretta Lynch for the same reason for the same position as AG. If Democrats fail to block a vote let Flake’s Flake-out and betrayal vote for Sessions reveal the pox on a Libertarian conspiracy that leads them to a demoralizing, unprincipled chain to the Koch brothers. No more pretending to support marijuana legalization when the real “decriminalization” agenda among Libertarians is making asset forfeitures, voter caging and other toxic laws “legal.”


          • chris says:

            @ julian,

            Information is only as good as its distributed……Thanks for the article , alot featured in one article……..

            Respect …….

            As always
            Thanks for reading

    8. Anonymous says:

      I hope chronic nerve pain afflicts someone Sessions loves…someone who’s life diminishing pain is only relieved by cannabis therapy.

      I hope he goes light on them and lets them off with a short Private Prison sentence.

    9. Quinn says:

      @MSimon: While a very motivated and intelligent individual with above-average reading skills can definitely gain a vast amount of knowledge, up to and including a level of knowledge such as could be attained by means of a formal degree program, that does not make that person an engineer.

      A formal degree degree program, particularly in a professional field like engineering, provides guidance to the student to ensure s/he has complete, accurate, and up-to-date information in his field of study. Formal education also teaches the critical thinking skills, which are absolutely vital to learning, in terms of understanding the information presented and how it all fits into the bigger picture, and this is not something that can be atrained merely by the reading of information. Additionally, a very important aspect of a degree is that employers and other interested parties, as well as the student himself, have a standard by which they can to be assured that s/he has
      attained at least some minimal level of competency in the field. Degree programs include all the basic and advanced information and concepts necessary for the student to attain this competency. They set out all the various subject areas the student must master in order to have a complete grasp of the subject, and serve as a road map to present the material in an order that allows knowledge to build on itself.

      If you never completed a degree program in any Engineering field, then you may possess a great deal of knowledge on the subject, but in no way are you qualified to claim the title of Aerospace Engineer, nor indeed, are you a professional engineer.

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