Last week’s comments from Press Secretary Sean Spice about recreational cannabis raised eyebrows but they are nothing compared to what United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said yesterday.
Sessions met with reports and said that experts told him about violence in the cannabis industry. These experts also said the potency levels are unhealthy. Sessions also implied that state-level legalization was leading to increased youth consumption.
Alternative Facts Distort the Truth
From Conway to Sessions, it is very tough to believe what you hear from the White House anymore. The number of alternative facts being reported from the White House is disheartening and yesterday’s comments by Sessions is a perfect example of it.
The Attorney General did not discuss the type of violence being reported by his experts, the government is the one of the main culprits responsible for any increase in violence (high cash business since these companies cannot use banks). The legalization of cannabis would lead to a significant decrease in violence since the only connection between the violence and cannabis is the one that exists on the black market. A regulated market would solve this problem very quickly.
Although we do acknowledge the fact that cannabis is more potent than it was 20-30 years ago, there is not any evidence in support of Sessions’ claim about higher potency being unhealthy.
When it comes to cannabis usage, specifically among youths, studies looking at consumption trends in legal states have found the opposite to be true from what Sessions reported. The lack of a spike in youth consumption in Colorado is the main reason why the governor, John Hickenlooper is getting close to fully supporting recreational marijuana.
Hickenlooper said, “We didn’t see a spike in teenage use. If anything, it’s come down in the last year. And we’re getting anecdotal reports of less drug dealers.”
Show Your Support Today
Sessions said, “I’m definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana. States they can pass the laws they choose. I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not.”
Based off Sessions comments, the United States cannabis industry is facing an imminent attack by the Federal government and support is needed now more than ever.
Change will only occur when there is enough support to drown out the naysayers. Reach out to your state’s governor. Contact your state representatives and senators as well as local officials and anyone who will file a complaint on your behalf.