DoJ Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement and the Cannabis industry.
Cannabis is a BILLION dollar industry in the six states that have legalized recreational usage. What if deep state, trafficker, smuggler types have infiltrated it? Did you know the cannabis business transactions are all forcibly cash only? Federal law declares marijuana illegal and banks and credit cards, being federally regulated, cannot be used in this illegal/legal business. It’s hard to comprehend the BILLIONS of dollars that make this the perfect industry to be laundering cash money.
We want to point something out about Sessions reversal of Skidmark’s Cannabis Law. Do you notice states that have legalized weed for recreational sale are ALL SANCTUARY STATES?
Sessions said he would use ‘EVERY LAW TO APPREHEND and DEPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS’.
Trump said he would ‘RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW’.
Perhaps Sessions did this to TARGET states shielding ILLEGAL CRIMINALS. This law reversal now allows the Feds ANOTHER LEGAL AVENUE TO ARREST ILLEGAL DRUG SLINGERS WITHIN THOSE STATES.
‘STARVE THE BEAST, CUT OFF THE MONEY ANY WAY POSSIBLE’. Take enough money away via different avenues and they’ll cave.
January 4, 2018 — Attorney Jeff Sessions — Marijuana Enforcement letter (1 page, pdf file)
AND NOW THE COLE ACT — What Sessions Rescinded is called the Cole Memorandum:
•Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs and cartels;
•Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
Sessions is going after gangs, illegals and sanctuary states. The Cole memo provided guidance to U.S. attorneys, particularly those stationed in states where marijuana was made legal, instructing them to only rely on federal law to stop the most egregious of crimes related to marijuana, such as distribution to kids or the trafficking of legal marijuana to states where it’s illegal. This hands-off approach emboldened activists to push forward with state-level legalization campaigns and spurred entrepreneurs and investors to build business around legal pot—a rousing success. There are so far 29 states where marijuana is available medically, eight of which also permit it to be used recreationally, most recently California this January.
The memo released by Sessions does away with that guidance entirely. Instead, it instructs prosecutors to enforce federal marijuana laws at their own discretion; it also reminds them to take into consideration the “federal law enforcement priorities set by the Attorney General” when deciding what alleged crimes to pursue. – gizmodo
Marijuana investors skittish after Sessions’ shot at pot
By PAUL ELIAS (AP) 01/05/18
Marijuana-related stocks plummeted, cannabis boosters worried about the industry’s future and defiant growers and sellers vowed to keep operating after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled a tougher approach Thursday to federal pot enforcement.
The plunging stock prices reversed a weeks-long rally driven by optimism for legal recreational sales that started Monday in California. Several marijuana stocks saw double-digit losses in the hours after Sessions’ announcement, including the largest pot-producing company that is publicly traded
In 2008, the Center for Immigration Studies published the below map…..
In July 2015, the Obama Administration announced that it was ending its Secure Communities Program that had ICE agents detaining illegal aliens at state and local jails and replaced it with the Priority Enforcement Program that protects nearly all illegal aliens held in state and local jails from removal.
In November 2017, the Center for Immigration Studies published this map showing Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States…
The Department of Justice announced this week that sanctuary jurisdictions will lose access to certain federal law enforcement grants in 2017 if they prohibit officials from communicating with ICE, if they block ICE from interviewing jail inmates, and if they fail to notify ICE of the pending release of criminal aliens ICE is seeking to deport. These particular grants, known as the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants, are the largest source of federal criminal justice funds for state, local and tribal authorities. – center for immigration studies
Sanctuary Jurisdictions Receiving Byrne/JAG Grants in 2016
Awardee Award Amount Location
New York City Major’s Office of Criminal Justice $4,298,245 N.Y.
City of Chicago $2,333,428 Ill.
City of Los Angeles $1,870,503 Calif.
City of Philadelphia $1,677,937 Pa.
Clark County $975,604 Nev.
Milwaukee County $937,932 Wisc.
County of Alameda, CA $876,345 Calif.
City of Baltimore $743,842 Md.
City of Seattle $673,166 Wash.
County of San Bernandino $626,025 Calif.
Hennepin County $564,510 Minn.
City of San Diego $546,793 Calif.
City of Newark Police Department $525,446 N.J.
City and County of San Francisco $522,943 Calif.
City of Albuquerque $479,125 N.M.
City of Portland $465,810 Ore.
AND THIS LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON
This chart of awards continued at CIS link below.
Gardener Joaquin Fonseca checks marijuana plants in an indoor plantation © Andres Stapff / Reuters
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA STATES:
California has long been a bastion of weed legalization, becoming the first state to regulate the sale of cannabis for medicinal purposes over 20 years ago, in 1996. However, it wasn’t until January 1, 2018 that it began selling the plant for recreational purposes.
The pioneers in recreational legalization were Colorado and Washington, which voted in favor of full legalization back in 2012. Residents there can legally carry up to one ounce of their bud of choice.
Washington DC, Alaska, Oregon and Nevada all followed suit. Maine and Massachusetts voted last year to legalize – though presently the herb cannot be bought in either state.
Residents in Massachusetts won’t have to wait long, with sales due to begin on July 1, 2018, while Maine is also due to begin selling sometime this year.
MEDICINAL MARIJUANA STATES:
In total 29 states, as well as Washington DC, have broadly legalized medical marijuana, including the eight mentioned above. The others are Arizona, Arkansas, whose favorite son Bill Clinton famously admitted to having smoked pot “but didn’t inhale,” and Connecticut.
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia make up the rest.
More than half of US states now boast some form of marijuana legalization, and many of the remainder have some form of legislation pertaining to special circumstances. For example Alabama and Mississippi both have laws in place permitting the use of medical marijuana for severe epileptic conditions such as Dravet syndrome.
Another point to consider: Monsanto and Bayer merged. What is cannabis but a mix of food and medicine. They are cornering treatment delivery formats, as well. Edibles, patches, tinctures, tablets, suppositories, lubes, so on. The science is rich and ripe.
And its putting a dent in the cancer business.
An anonymous testimony sent to American Digital News for this article:
I have severe, chronic Crohn’s disease. At one point in my journey as an adult, I weighed close to 85 pounds. I had lost 30 pounds in 3 months and had intestines surgically removed. I once went nine months vomiting two to three days a week. Not two or three times, two or three full days. I even had to stop working for a while and was in fetal position with seizing cramps throughout my entire midsection. I couldn’t go anywhere because of uncontrolled vomiting and diarrhea. During one long episode I cracked a rib from dry heaving. Remicade treatments are like dousing your organs with steroids and knowing someday, you’ll have secondary problems, perhaps failures of other organs. My Crohn’s disease is very severe and I would never do anything illegal, so I lived in torture for decades. Especially before I was correctly diagnosed. There were times I felt like my body was starving me to death. I’m not the only one with this diagnosis. Two years ago I had a friend I met at Mayo commit suicide. Many sufferers I’ve known over the years died. When medical cannabis became legal here, my doctor actually told me to try the hemp oils when I had episodes. I did. I won’t smoke. While the cramping is still torture, the vomiting is gone. I won’t starve to death! Up to 109. Some use other forms for the seizing cramps, I won’t rule that out. Someday it may get to be too much. I’m in remission now but that never lasts. Been here many times before. Crohn’s patients are high on the medical cannabis users list and I now know why. Many doctors are now recommending medical cannabis if you live in a state that permits it. So, I’m terribly worried about a complete ban. The medicines they used to prescribe for the extreme pain were highly addictive so I wouldn’t take them. I like being lucid, and I only use hemp oils, which don’t affect your cognition..meaning you don’t get stoned. The number of times I have been taken to the hospital for dehydration from purging I can’t count. Ulcers in my esophagus from vomiting, I can’t count. That all stopped. I went from anti-alcohol and anti-drugs, to a better understanding that hemp is organic. But, that took having this disease. I’ve also had cancer. Remicade will do that as well as Crohn’s. I live though. And I will stand up for my fellow diseased and for veterans using it to treat PTSD.
Sessions says he has ‘serious concerns’ about legal marijuana. Now states wonder what’s next
By Rick Anderson (LATimes) Aug 09, 2017
Citing a series of recent federal and state investigations into the impact of pot legalization, Sessions listed repeated breakdowns in security, distribution and the controlled use of marijuana in all four states.
For example, a 2017 state police impact report on Oregon’s market, Sessions wrote, found that as much as two-thirds of marijuana production occurred in the black market; marijuana-related emergency room visits had soared by 55%; law enforcement was unable to keep pace with out-of-state cannabis diversion — pot grown legally in Oregon then shipped out of state.
Gov. Brown’s Salem office did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the Juneau office of Gov. Walker.
Sessions asked both Inslee and Hickenlooper — using the same language in separate letters — to prove that “all marijuana activity is compliant with state marijuana laws,” and told them the impact reports raise “serious questions about the efficacy of marijuana ‘regulatory structures’ in your state.”
Washington weed has been sent to 43 other states, Sessions said, referring to a 2016 impact report’s finding on intercepted mail shipments. More than a dozen THC labs (which extract the compound that gives cannabis its euphoric effect) literally exploded in one year alone, Sessions noted, and marijuana-related calls to poison centers soared.
Inslee and Ferguson said, contrary to Sessions’ claim that 17 THC extraction labs exploded in Washington state in 2014, “no licensed extraction business has exploded” in three years of sales. “The incidents referred to in Sessions’ letter were black- or gray-market facilities, often using butane in an enclosed space rather than a lab.”
In his letter to Hickenlooper, Sessions said interdicted shipments of Colorado weed were headed for 34 other states, and he noted that marijuana-related traffic accidents and deaths were on the rise in Colorado.
“Although youth marijuana use declined at the national level for the time period after Colorado enacted ‘recreational marijuana’ laws, youth use in Colorado ‘increased 20%,’” Sessions wrote, quoting from an impact report done in conjunction with the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Sessions told Inslee and Hickenlooper that federal law still trumps state regulations.
“Congress has determined that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a crime,” Sessions emphasized. “The [Justice] Department remains committed to enforcing the Controlled Substances Act in a manner that efficiently applies our resources to address the most significant threats to public health and safety.” – LATimes
LEGAL SALES OF MARIJUANA WITH ONLY AGE LIMITATION — Effective January 1, 2018, California law now allows legal sale of marijuana to anyone 21 or older.
GOVERNMENT OWNED, OPERATED POT STORE — The city of North Bonneville, Washington, opened the Cannabis Corner in 2015. It’s the first municipally owned pot shop. Profits go to special city projects, like upgrading the local playground.
MARIJUANA BLACK MARKETS — There’s a black market for pot, even where it’s legal. That’s not just because old habits die hard. Illegal pot is cheaper because it’s tax-free, while legal recreational pot is taxed heavily. There’s a 28% tax in Colorado and a 37% tax In Washington. In Oregon, the tax ranges between 17% and 20%, depending on the city and county. Growers, processors, retailers and buyers all pay taxes. Medical marijuana tends to be cheaper than recreational because it is taxed at a lower rate.
INTERSTATE MARIJUANA — You can’t take marijuana across state lines. Even when two legal states share a border, as Washington and Oregon do, carrying weed across state lines runs afoul of federal law. Don’t bring it on a plane, and don’t mail it.
MARIJUANA USE AND DRIVING PROHIBITED — You can’t smoke and drive. Driving while stoned is illegal and dangerous, just like drunken driving. But there’s no Breathalyzer for weed, a conundrum for cops. That could change, because two companies – Hound Labs and Cannabix Technologies – are testing marijuana Breathalyzers.
MARIJUANA SMOKING IN PUBLIC PROHIBITED — You can’t smoke weed in public anywhere. Sorry, but those 420 pot parties in city parks are illegal, even in states where cannabis is legal. – cnn
Sarah Ruth Ashcraft @SaRaAshcraft
People need to consider one thing when thinking about Session/Cannabis regs: #HIVITES are all over the legal weed industry. They may be laundering money for child sex trafficking and other illegal activity through that industry. This is a FACT. (1)
While it may be very difficult for prosecutors to get convictions on the trafficking/laundering charges, allowing federal prosecutors to charge them with cannabis violations could potentially disrupt the flow of $$$ and Children to the #Hivite cults in these areas. (2)
I am fully in support of 100% legal cannabis with an added clause that patients should have a right to grow it themselves. But I can see value in today’s decision by @jeffsessions to combat the #Hivite cabal by freeing prosecutors to charge bad actors with weed related crimes (3)
Consider the movie “The Firm” – all the bad guys in that movie got caught on MAIL FRAUD charges. Not murder, conspiracy, laundering, etc. The prosecutors charged them with something guaranteed to STICK. I can see this being a factor in today’s decision by @jeffsessions (4)
It is undeniable that the areas of the country where the cannabis industry is thriving are all completely infested with #Hivites (Cali, OR, WA, CO, MI, MA, etc). This is NOT a coincidence. Anyone who entered that industry did so knowing there was a risk of federal prosecution (5)
They were WILLING to break Federal laws and take on that risk when they entered the industry. Obama just made it harder for prosecutors to go after them for willfully breaking Federal law. Doesn’t this matter? I didn’t enter the industry BECAUSE it was a legal grey area. (6)
I think it’s important to consider this when thinking about today’s decision. WE are the voters, and WE have the power to change the FEDERAL law to allow use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. I don’t think that’s what today’s decision is talking about. (7)
I think today’s decision frees up prosecutors to charge and shut down willful bad actors and those who are taking advantage of a legal grey area to make HUGE profits and cover for other MAJOR crimes. I doubt prosecutors will focus on patients and medical growers/dispensaries. (8)
So the panic around this decision is a bit silly, IMHO. This is the way it already was for YEARS before Obama tied the judiciary’s hands. That Obama era change only HELPED #Hivites and others willing to break federal law to make HUGE profits and flood the market. (9)
The fact that prosecutors still have DISCRETION means that they can choose NOT to prosecute these crimes, and I think more often than not, they will choose not to, especially when it comes to legit patients and dispensaries focusing on medical cannabis. (10)
Furthermore, all of us who #FollowTheWhiteRabbit know that a LOT has been going down the last few days. This decision by @jeffsessions could serve a second purpose of creating media distraction to maintain the media black out on these highly secretive & important operations (11)
The fact that the decision becomes effective immediately could also mean that they have a target in mind for other reasons, and this would allow them to apprehend that target. These are very important considerations for the good guys right now. (12)
It’s a FACT that the #Hivites rig the system in their favor every chance they get. They make it so they can get away with cheating, stealing, and killing the public while making it impossible for the good guys to go after them. That’s their whole mode of operation. (13)
So while I agree that, long term, it is in the people’s best interest to have a robust and regulated medical cannabis industry, right now, my main concern is getting rid of #Hivites. Whatever the @TheUSADOJ and @POTUS need to do to ensure that can happen, I support of them. (14)
Montsanto has already grown a genetically modified version so when it’s legal they can do the same thing they did to the small farmers and cross pollination will allow them to shut the other growers down or make them pay..
..but think of all of the cancer patients who could completely avoid chemo and be cured by cannibas? Drug companies are the ones who will lose (thank god) and we win (with legalized marijuana).
Agreed. They are not overturning any state laws allowing for medical cannabis. The only thing that changes is that federal prosecutors are now free to charge those breaking the law with cannabis related crimes, like transporting across state lines, or mislabeling products, etc.
According to @RealJayParker1 (in his interview with Mark Passio), cannabis can actually help break open the brain compartmentalisation created by #RitualAbuse. Maybe this is THE reason why the #Hivites are hell bent on banning it.