Why is the US cracking down on marijuana? ?? | The Stream

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week rescinded the Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era directive that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalised cannabis….


  1. What is with the "California produces 8x more than they will consume" thing? Yet they are going to have a shortage of cannabis for their dispensaries? Interesting. I never really seen any of these studies Kevin Sabet has quoted for the last like 5 years.

  2. American History teaches that clamping down on supply does not work. During alcohol prohibition we arrested bootleggers but not drinkers. In effect, the 1920s was a time of decriminalized alcohol. Before that, in about 1914 we tried to reduce opiate addiction by clamping down on poppy growing countries. Both attempts were done with the best of intentions but neither attempt worked.

    Since then we have tried harder, and harder, even interdiction on the oceans, Interstate Highways, even mandatory sentencing for drug conspiracy of women who would not testify against their men.

    The ONLY way to reduce the societal damage is to get out of the prohibition business and offer help to all who ask. The Swiss have been doing that since an experiment started in the the mid 1990s and, in 2008, added it to Swiss health services.

  3. Weed is illegal in most countries around the world because of the US. In the 60s-90s pushed treaties that required all signatories to curb drug production and distribution in exchange for aid. They could be renegotiated to exclude legal marijuana but it would be a difficult process since many of these countries such as most of Asia have much stricter policies and negative public perception toward it. Any attempt by the US to renegotiate these treaties no matter how obviously well warranted will face a lot of criticism and ridicule by "straight laced" countries like China and they have a point. Before the US got involved in policing the world drug trade marijuana use was extremely common in Africa, Asia and south America. We fundamentally changed that culture and now we would be asking them to do a completely 180 which from a strictly legal standpoint makes us look stupid and inconsistent.

  4. Too many guests not enough time given to any one line of discussion.
    I don’t understand why you need to bring in so many voices – it just makes the conversation disjointed and annoying to follow.

  5. sheldon adelson funds the opponents of medical mj research in the US while his likud party(funded by sheldon adelson) has made strides in medical marijuana research…all this happening simultaneously… so take some time to let it sink in.

  6. Its really an issue of control, should I be in control of my life or should the govt? I'm supporting self government and force from the state. The Federal govt should never have had any say in the matter, its not constitutional at all. The Kevin guy sounds disingenuous, guessing he's bought and paid for.

  7. I hate agreeing with leftists, but on this occasion they're right. Marijuana (or its active ingredient THC) is relatively harmless. It isn't addictive, or not much, so it isn't like cocaine, which is powerfully addictive. It impairs the user's judgment, but not so much as alcohol does. When smoked as "grass," it tars up the user's lungs, but so do cigarettes. And unlike most illegal drugs, marijuana has health benefits for certain people.

    The argument that you can get 10 doses of THC in a gummy bear isn't going anywhere. You can get a lethal dose of many legally traded substances into a gummy bear, and THC isn't lethal. When someone must make an argument of that sort, you know that they've lost.

    The new federal push against marijuana use shows one thing clearly: the old, addle-brained, fuddy-duddy curmudgeons who told us lies about cannabis in the 1960s still haven't all died off yet. And some of them are still overly close to the reins of state authority.

  8. Ha ha ha ha ha ha oh this kid made me laugh where he come from that says major hospitals and around the world they are against it where the F …k u got your info, Australia is not against it and they have started for medical porpoises at this stage so he need a lot to study and research

  9. While I disagree with Sessions' decision, it may have a silver lining. It may precipitate the legalization at the federal level through legislation from Congress. What I find most interesting is that it's the liberals advocating for looser regulation, and the conservatives, who base their whole platform around personal freedom and the reduction of regulations, who are tightening the screws.

  10. Conclusion from 2017 pub med, peer reviewed study by Jacob M Vigil, et al: The clinically and statistically significant evidence of an association between MCP enrollment (medical marijuana) and opioid prescription cessation and reductions, and improved quality of life warrants further investigations on cannabis as a potential alternative to prescription opioids for treating chronic pain.

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