Members of Congress Call Out California's Senators for Doing Nothing to Help Cannabis Movement

While many politicians have spoken out recently against Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent marijuana policies, others have been accused of not doing enough. That's exactly the case for California's two senators.

A bipartisan group of 10 members of the House of Representative from California wrote a letter to the state's two senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris (both Democrats), demanding that they act against Sessions' policies. Primarily, they requested that they both promise to block any nominees for positions in the Justice Department until the Attorney General changes his recent moves.

“As you know, in November 2016, the people of California spoke up and voted in favor of Proposition 64, which legalized recreational cannabis… The recent action by the Attorney General put the industry in jeopardy,” the group wrote to the senators. “To increase pressure, we are calling on you to block nominations to the Justice Department until the Attorney General reinstates the Cole Memo."

Feinstein and Harris aren't entirely aligned on the issue of marijuana. Feinstein, one of the highest ranking Democrats in the Senate, has long opposed marijuana legalization despite representing the very liberal state of California. She has so far refrained from commenting on Sessions' decision to overturn a policy protecting marijuana laws in legal states.

Harris, on the other hand, has spoken out against Sessions and the recent move. However, she's come under fire from many pro-marijuana activists and politicians for being all talk. Despite her verbal support for cannabis, she's refused to co-sponsor any piece of legislation related to the issue in the Senate and has not publicly endorsed legalization. Some have accused Harris of pretending to support the issue to garner liberal support for a possible 2020 presidential run. 

That'll be pretty hard to do when Republicans are calling you out for not being progressive enough.

(h/t Marijuana Moment)


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