Jeff Sessions fumes impotently. It is just crazy to imprison people, upturn lives and break up families over marijuana. Republicans should not interfere here.
I will say that the ultra-high THC content strains and vaping cartridges are a bad thing. Excessive use causes changes in the volume and activity of crucial brain parts, and not in a good way. And it should not be used by those under 21, it does interfere with neuropsych development. However, short of Jamaican gangs and the Hashishins (from which we get the word "assassins"), when have you heard of someone toking up and then beating someone to death?
On Wednesday, members of Congress did something that they had never done before. For the first time ever, a body of the U.S. Congress voted to end cannabis's nearly century-long status as a federally prohibited substance.
The MORE Act removes the marijuana plant from the federal Controlled Substances Act, thereby enabling states to enact their own cannabis regulations free from undue federal interference. The vote marks the first time that members of Congress have ever voted to federally deschedule cannabis.
According to a 2018 Quinnipiac University poll, 70 percent of U.S. voters support this policy change. To date, 33 states have enacted laws regulating patients' access to medical cannabis and nearly one in four Americans reside in a state where the adult use of marijuana is permitted.
It is inappropriate for the federal government to continue to either interfere with or stand in the way of these voter-initiated policies.
Members' decision to move forward with the MORE Act is significant. This act is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced in Congress, and it's backed by a broad coalition of civil rights, criminal justice, drug policy, and immigration groups.
This legislation seeks to address the millions of Americans who suffer from the stigma and lost opportunities associated with a low-level marijuana possession conviction. It provides funding and inducements to states to enact policies that expunge these criminal convictions from citizens' records so that they can more successfully move on with their lives....