Jeff Sessions does everything in his power to halt the advance of the biggest medical breakthrough in his lifetime. The Attorney General has been very open about his not so favourable, embarrassingly uneducated opinion on cannabis.
Sessions has been very active, trying to link marijuana to violent crime, despite opposing data coming out from the legal states, that shows violent crime decreasing after lifting the prohibition.
He assembled the secretive Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, hoping to squeeze something out of them that helps him to link cannabis to violent crime. The outcome of the report had confronted Sessions with reality and instead recommended more research.
“We’re seeing real violence around that. Experts are telling me there’s more violence around marijuana than one would think and there’s big money involved.”
– Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the US
Well, it is embarrassing that his own task force failed to twist the reality to match his false message about cannabis.
More research is surely not something that Sessions support as that would only help him to prove him wrong as his task force did.
As a matter of fact, Sessions is doing everything in his power to hold back research on cannabis.
Sessions has been blocking applications to progress medical cannabis research from day one, the Washington Post reported earlier this week.
Many government officials and medical professionals around the world keep saying that we need more research for more conditions and so on, while the Attorney General of the United States is actively blocking research into this plant with such an incredible medical potential.
Currently, the only one facility to grow marijuana for the government, that could potentially be used for research is in Mississippi. Research into cannabis is extremely hard in the first place, as it is a Schedule 1 substance with no known medical benefits as far as the US federal government is concerned.
The weed that is coming out of the University of Mississippi facility is notorious for the bad quality, which makes it hard to do any study on, new production facilities would be crucial to advance medical science into this field.
Families with sick loved ones, often kids are desperate for development and any attempt to delay this process is detrimental to these families.
No wonder Sessions and the Justice Department has been sued recently by medical cannabis patients.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is at odds with the Sessions led Justice Department, as they have been accepting applications to grow cannabis for research purposes for a year now.
Apparently, 25 applications have been received to date, however, the Justice Department has to approve any successful applications as part of the process.
This gives Attorney General Sessions an opportunity to halt the process by simply ignoring the applications, which he has been doing as none of the 25 applications progressed with the Justice Department as of the publishing of this post.
“They’re sitting on it, … they just will not act on these things” a law enforcement official familiar with the matter was quoted by the Washington Post.
The American public seems to be far more advanced than Sessions in terms of their understanding on cannabis. 95% of Americans support legal medical cannabis and Sessions’ Reefer Madness times approach not only puts him at odds with the DEA put with the American public as well.
His actions are in real contrast compared to more progressive thinking lawmakers, such as Cory Booker, who recently introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, not only to end the failed cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs but to help heal the most affected communities.