Democrats and Republicans Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions

  • by Kevin Mahmalji, NORML Outreach Director January 5, 2018


    Following yesterday’s announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly denounced the decision.

    Reject AG Sessions’ Efforts to Revert to the Failed Criminal Policies of the ‘Just Say No’ Era

    In addition to taking to the floor of the Senate to express his frustrations, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) continued to vent on Twitter. He had this to say:

    “This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states.”

    Sharing some of the same frustrations as her counterpart in the Senate, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) shared the following in a email to supporters:

    “Sessions’ actions to protect the bottom lines of the for-profit private prison industry, and Big Pharma whose opioids and drugs flourish in part due to the marijuana prohibition, while trampling on states’ rights and turning everyday Americans into criminals, is the latest injustice that the Attorney General has suffered on the American people.”

    Being the cosponsor of pending legislation, that if passed by Congress would stop AG Sessions in his tracks, Representative Gabbard also took a minute to encourage support for her bill, HR 1227:

    “I am calling on every member of Congress to take up the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances.”

    With prominent Democrats and Republicans promising a fight and threatening to derail DOJ nominations, and thousands of calls and emails from activists asking lawmakers to reject Mr. Sessions’ misguided plan, it appears that political courage comes in many forms.

    To join the fight, take a few minutes to contact your representative and encourage their support for HR 1227: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act: http://norml.org/action-center/item/federal-bill-introduced-to-end-federal-marijuana-prohibition and email Chapters@NORML.org for a list of upcoming meetings and lobby days.

    68 responses to “Democrats and Republicans Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions”

    1. Matt says:

      Great to hear. FOLKS, is it POSSIBLE…Sessions eliminated the Cole Memo….

      because he is soon to step down, be fired? Maybe he won’t get much a chance to head a crackdown, even with his dangerous Federal attornies, potentially dangerous, in key legalization states

      Despite his disgusting move, he is under a TON of fire now. Great news to hear legalslatures are speaking up!


      We WILL win. Kevin Sabet is wrong, too. Our movement will NEVER die completely, even if we must go underground! Stand strong, Sessions has ALREADY lost. Best of a New Year to you all, and ONWARD in the struggle!

      To legalization, and to the FUTURE.

      Blessings, friends.


      • Matt says:

        Stand up, and don’t be afraid. Don’t let Session’s evil move frighten you, or ANY crackdown or raid. We shall not be moved.

        Later, and write your Congress people, support RB, and the Cory Booker bill and others.

        Peace and strength, I know this hurts, but we shall prevail.

        • Matt says:

          and great job, Vermont. EVERY STATE makes a difference, makes us stronger and stronger. Hopefully, MI, Illinois, others will come through soon, too, NJ, others.

      • Evening Bud says:

        Matt, I agree and I know that we will all stand strong against the Elf. He’s definitely proselytizing from a rickety soap box!

      • Russell Cobleigh says:

        If Jeff Sessions Will Not Resign, He Should Be Impeached !

      • WhatAbout says:

        Wow, pom poms for everbody! Don’t go underground! Do what is right, change the law, H.R. 1227 and H.R. 2020.

        By changing the law, the little man becomes powerless.

    2. Eddie says:

      I think it best to let Mr. Sessions’ choice stand. The backlash by September will mark the end of the GOP and it’s backward thinking and failed policies. There’s more to consider than a few months of highly publicized and greatly disparaging clashes of patients in wheelchairs in need of medicine v. Controlling Forces.

      As a futurist, I am buying stock in mercenary enforcement companies who I anticipate the Government will hire on margin to shut down the green-evil doers.

      Don’t raise your voice, do not write, sit by idly, after all, look how far that has gotten you!

      • Matt says:

        I know one thing, Eddie, or suspect. Many millenials will NOT vote GOP. Growing imp. of social issues. It is NOT the Dems and Progressives who will be in trouble, but the outdated GOP.

      • Negative Nancy says:

        @ Eddie,
        How very parasitic of you.

    3. audra says:

      Do not agree to this ridiculous proposal..Sessions is a right wing racist bigoted lying ass wipe. He is guilty of lying under oath. When is this nightmare going to stop under the Drumpf WH.

    4. Julian says:


      Bring on the bipartisan marijuana legalization!

    5. JONATHAN B says:



    6. Matt says:

      Hi everyone, one more article before bed, an interesting article I found on some of the prosecutors in the legalization states.

      I am extremely concerned about Maine…not good.

      Well, enjoy your weekends. I know every day now after the Sessions act will be painful, very painful, but we must stand firm, maintain the TRUTH that we WILL still win in the end.

      Sessions may be cracking down. But I think we all know that not only is the genie out of the bong and phenominally popular, he cannot stop legalization completely.

      Goodnight and sleep well in the comfort of knowing, again, we have already won.


    7. GREG says:


      • WhatAbout says:

        Wow what are twelve? Firing Sessions isn’t the answer. He’s doing his job just like a baker or fireman. Change the law! H.R. 1227 and H.R.2020.

        One very important point. What about all the left out federal workers? Nice to have states rights but the good hard working federal workers are screwed. Change the law!

    8. Elle Ipswich says:

      We have many citizens that suffer from things such MS , inability to sleep, chronic pain, even simple anxiety.
      Then let’s consider the narcotic addictions and OD we see. And the use of alcohol, which is far more dangerous.
      So many things cannabis is useful for. It’s criminal that anyone would want to criminalize this herb.
      We know it’s been used for centuries, we know so so many use it even with the laws. This herb is extremely safe. No deaths recorded from cannabis ONLY.
      Then we have for profit prisons. STOP. We are all tired of that nonsense.
      We’re also tired of high drug prices, cannabis can help those who cannot afford those prices.
      Let’s accept reality and reschedule cannabis. It will happen sooner or later, make it sooner. The American public is asking for this to be done.
      Educate, regulate.

    9. Evening Bud says:

      Eddie–what? You’re planning on buying stocks in mercenaries? So, you see the prospect of mercenaries patrolling our streets, ala Falluja or Baghdad, as an investment opportunity? You see mercenaries being used to bust MJ dispensaries as an investment opportunity? My god, man, that takes greed and cynicism to a new level. You sure you’re on the right website?

    10. csaaphill says:

      wrote yesterday and wrote again just now.
      lets see how this goes!