Comments on Marijuana

Staff Writer

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Thursday in response to reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind an Obama administration policy that shielded legalized marijuana from federal intervention:
"No, Attorney General Sessions. Marijuana is not the same as heroin. No one who has seriously studied the issue believes that marijuana should be classified as a Schedule 1 drug beside killer drugs like heroin. Quite the contrary. We should allow states the right to move toward the decriminalization of marijuana, not reverse the progress that has been made in recent years."

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse an Obama administration policy on the legalization of marijuana.
“Attorney General Sessions has cast aside a longstanding Republican principle of deference to the states in order to impose his misguided moral judgement on the medical and recreational use of marijuana. States that have legalized marijuana have done so after fully engaging their citizens on the decision and tailoring their laws to meet their unique circumstances. The federal government should defer to the states on this issue and use its limited law enforcement resources elsewhere.”

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