Two senators have teamed up to pen a letter to the new attorney general Jeff Sessions after he has been quoted saying, he is “Definitely not a fan of expanded use of Marijuana.” The letter, by Sens Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, asks Sessions to uphold the Obama administration’s policy regarding control of cannabis. The letter was cosigned by 9 other senators across the nation, unifying a collective opinion on the matter.
Additionally, the letter comes right at the heels of Republican Congressman Thomas Garrett’s proposed bill, titled, “Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017.” The bill, if passed, would remove cannabis from the federal controlled substance list and give power to the states. This would effectively reduce Marijuana from a ‘devil-drug’ to a marketable product no different than alcohol and tobacco; creating another profitable industry in America.
It’s reassuring to know that pieces of our government are actually working to ensure we retain our rights as Americans, and are not trying to restrict us to a police state, as in V for Vendetta. Our country needs progress, we need challenge against the status quo, we need leaders. Otherwise, we risk slipping into a cultural recession, which could only get worse and rob us of more rights. Ahem* recent travel bans, anyone?
This comes only a week after Spicer’s alarm raising quote on recreational pot use, where he said “When you see something like the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people.” A ridiculous statement that completely ignores Big Pharmacy’s role in the ongoing heroin epidemic. As well as, the fact that marijuana is a safe alternative to those addictive substances handed out by doctors.
We can only hope that members of the government will continue to stand up for the people, and that our voice will actually be heard. After all, it certainly wasn’t Americas voice that elected Trump (electorates!), even though we’re still under the impression it was.