August 03, 2017
Reefer madness. Pot’s legal in 29 states but not at the Federal level and Jeff Sessions wants to declare war. Who wins?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Columbus Police Academy Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. Jay LaPrete/AP) Guests
W. David Bradford, professor of public policy at the University of Georgia, focusing on substance use.
From Tom’s Reading List
The Cannabist: Sen. Cory Booker intros marijuana bill focused on racial justice, descheduling, funding — “New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is introducing a comprehensive bill on Tuesday to deschedule marijuana, provide incentives for states to legalize, and create mechanisms to address racial justice concerns. The federal prohibition of marijuana has had a ‘devastating impact’ on the nation, Booker said, noting that enforcement has negatively and disproportionately affected minorities and people of lower incomes.”
Washington Post: Why Jeff Sessions is going to lose his war against cannabis — “Attorney General Jeff Sessions will soon receive a report he has been waiting for. The document, from the President’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, is expected to clarify the federal government’s position on marijuana — and the conflicts that exist between state and federal laws. It clear what Sessions wants to do: Over the past month, he has asked Congress for permission to prosecute medical cannabis suppliers who are acting in accordance with their state’s laws, reauthorized civil asset forfeiture (a highly controversial practice used in drug cases), and announced his desire to start a new ‘war