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Sessions pinned on medical marijuana before slipping through Senate hearing


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While a nation gripped with palace intrigue tuned in to watch another high-ranking government official deliver evasive testimony about election interference, investigation interference and mixed-messaging from the White House, medical marijuana protectionists here in Colorado scrutinized a leaked letter written in May by the man under oath, Attorney General Jeff Sessions., a social platform for cannabis users, obtained the letter from a staffer on the hill and broke the story that Sessions, a "tough-on-crime" and "just-say-no" kind of prosecutor, had asked Congressional leaders to undo federal protections for state-legal medical marijuana businesses.

Read his letter below.

The gist of it is he wants Congress to strike the Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment that prohibits the Department of Justice, which Sessions heads, from using federal funds to prevent states "from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana."

As the Washington Post, which independently verified the document, pointed out, Sessions' citing an "historic drug epidemic" as reason to crack down on medical marijuana, still technically a Schedule I drug, of course, is highly misleading. That's because there's a growing body of research showing that opioid overdoses actually decrease in states with medical marijuana available to patients suffering from pain or other ailments. Even the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal agency with a conservative stance on weed, acknowledges that.

Rohrabacher-Farr was passed with bipartisan support in 2014 and was re-affirmed by Congress in May of this year. A whopping 94 percent of Americans favor "allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it," according to a recent Quinnipiac Poll. So, if the nation's top law enforcement official were to get his wish and start busting down doors in states like Colorado, it's no stretch to predict where the administration's already low approval ratings would head.

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