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Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt asked U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he plans to end America's legalization experiment: “One RICO prosecution against one marijuana retailer in one state that has so-called legalization ends this façade and this flaunting of the Supremacy Clause. Will you be bringing such a case?”
Sessions demurred, “I think it’s a little more complicated than one RICO case.” But the cannabis world is paying attention. The Christian Science Monitor
that some in law enforcement “worry that Mr. Sessions [hard on crime stance] is taking an outdated approach to head off a problem that may not exist.”
In a memo, Sessions advised U.S. attorneys to
focus on violent crime
and to renew emphasis on seeking mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders.
The Cannabist asks whether the
Constitution’s Supremacy Clause
could be used to justify a crackdown of state cannabis industries. It’s one of a three-part series by Alicia Wallace on
marijuana during the Trump presidency
The Supremacy Clause (
Article VI, Clause 2
) states that the Constitution is the “supreme Law of the land.” In this case, it may be at odds with the Bill of Rights’
which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
The Justice Department
told all 46 remaining U.S. attorneys
from the Obama Administration to resign. Preet Bhahara, Manhattan’s powerful federal prosecutor,
said he had no plans to resign
setting up a showdown with the Justice department.
The AP reports that Sessions’ recusal from investigating the election will
enable him to focus
on remaking the Justice Department in accordance with his hardline ideas on crime, drugs and immigration.
In New York, Dominican green card holder Jose Guerrero was
“ripped” from his pregnant wife’s arms
during what he expected to be a routine check in with immigration authorities. Following a 2007 incident, Guerrero was convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession. Though there haven’t been further run-ins with law enforcement, he’s now awaiting deportation.
Voters in the city of Los Angeles, the world’s largest cannabis market,
approved Measure M in a landslide
, giving the City Council power to regulate the industry. L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell
thinks it’s possible
that federal raids will target the cannabis industry.
In L.A. Weekly, I wrote that pot businesses are
keeping their cool
about the feds, so far. But there also could be local raids mounted against
in unincorporated L.A. County.
The military will
expand drug testing
to include opiates and synthetic cannabis. Last year Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the military
might loosen rules
regarding past cannabis use. It’s not clear whether current Defense Secretary James Mattis agrees.