The marijuana industry is reeling following reports that Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice would rescind the Cole Memo, an Obama-era policy that protects cannabis businesses from federal interference. Now that the dust has settled, writers and politicians are speaking out. Here are some of the most noteworthy reactions from Twitter.
Let’s be clear: Trump’s decision to prosecute marijuana use will hurt Black and Latino youth the most. Privileged kids who use these drugs in private schools rarely get prosecuted. This is a civil rights issue. It’s not only bad policy. It’s morally wrong. https://t.co/REIekeWCeY— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) January 4, 2018
My prediction? Jeff Sessions rescinding the Cole memo will enable federal funds to be funneled to local law enforcement to go after small to medium sized cannabis businesses for small compliance issues, something I can imagine Sheriff's associations want.https://t.co/VNN1cduyu1— Krishna Sai Andavolu (@kandavolu) January 4, 2018
RT if you think it's time Congress takes up my bill H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act to remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances. https://t.co/SbJjFcz05n— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) January 4, 2018
No, Attorney General Sessions. Marijuana is not the same as heroin. No one who has seriously studied the issue believes that. Quite the contrary. We should allow states the right to move toward the decriminalization of marijuana, not reverse the progress that has been made.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 4, 2018
Statement from Gov. Baker's office on the DOJ memo on marijuana: "The administration believes this is the wrong decision and will review any potential impacts from any policy changes by the local U.S. Attorney’s Office.” pic.twitter.com/Ewk9FNr1on— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) January 4, 2018
(Charlie Baker is the governor of Massachusetts.)
We must stop Jeff Sessions' backwards actions. There is now great urgency to pass the Marijuana Justice Act to legalize marijuana on the federal level.— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBooker) January 4, 2018
Now is the time. Call your Senator. https://t.co/Cr8FZjITWI pic.twitter.com/9OMTz3VMjN
The empire strikes back.— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 4, 2018
Jeff Sessions is obsessed with cannabis, and with locking up people of color. He may perceive California as the tipping point in legalization. This very well could be his last chance to preserve mass incarceration as he knows it. https://t.co/QfzdOMyopO
Dear Attorney General Jeff Sessions and @TheJusticeDept: Let me give you a list of things more important for federal prosecutors and federal law enforcement to pursue other than marijuana:— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 4, 2018
1. Basically anything. https://t.co/ctyJui7g4c
Today is the day where Democrats should make the full legalization of marijuana a part of the party platform.— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 4, 2018
It’s good for the economy.
It’s good for justice reform.
It’s good for the opioid crisis.