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Sun Jul 23, 2017, 02:03 PM Jul 2017

Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana [View all]

Source: The Hill

The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant.  

Sessions sent a memo in April updating the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice Department (DOJ) component heads on the work of the task force, which he said would be accomplished through various subcommittees. In the memo, Sessions said he has asked for initial recommendations no later than July 27. 

“Task Force subcommittees will also undertake a review of existing policies in the areas of charging, sentencing, and marijuana to ensure consistency with the Department's overall strategy on reducing violent crime and with Administration goals and priorities,” he wrote. 
Criminal justice reform advocates fear Sessions’s memo signals stricter enforcement is ahead.

“The task force revolves around reducing violent crime and Sessions and other DOJ officials have been out there over the last month and explicitly the last couple of weeks talking about how immigration and marijuana increases violent crime,” said Inimai Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center's Justice Program.  

Read more: http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/343218-trumps-doj-gears-up-for-crackdown-on-marijuana?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=tw

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Prohibition is a failed public policy, again. nt TeamPooka Jul 2017 #1
Lets plant some weed on little Jeffie Beauregard and let him overnight in the D.C lock-up. mpcamb Jul 2017 #46
how 1980s of them LSFL Jul 2017 #2
Actually, linking marijuana to "violent crime" is more akin to the Thirties no_hypocrisy Jul 2017 #4
Reefer Madness Lives...in Trump World red dog 1 Jul 2017 #32
All because the cotton industry wanted to get rid of Hemp! Dustlawyer Jul 2017 #43
How does mellow turn violent? thecrow Jul 2017 #47
How Nanci Ray Gun 1980's that is. lambchopp59 Jul 2017 #29
The Titanic is going down, but they want to play around with marijuana. LuckyLib Jul 2017 #3
Yes, and this will be a disaster. potone Jul 2017 #11
So did Holder FiveGoodMen Jul 2017 #27
Mexico ( SA & Canada) should react quickly & legalise 100% MJ their economies will boom! Sunlei Jul 2017 #5
This is going to be interesting... MrScorpio Jul 2017 #6
Wonder how the 420 BernieOrBusters will feel about their protest vote then... welivetotreadonkings Jul 2017 #7
Welcome to DU, welivetotreadonkings! calimary Jul 2017 #10
This has nothing to do with marijuana or safety! ananda Jul 2017 #8
And possibly restricting their vote in the doing? eom Smickey Jul 2017 #42
All of the above. n/t TDale313 Jul 2017 #53
Politifact said TRUE: During campaign, Trump pledged to leave marijuana legalization up to states teach1st Jul 2017 #9
+ 1 red dog 1 Jul 2017 #30
Sheldon Adelson via his non profit, Wellstone ruled Jul 2017 #12
Since the republican AG is a known PERJURER Achilleaze Jul 2017 #13
This is an opportunity for Dem's to get easy support, many states have legal pot now flibbitygiblets Jul 2017 #14
Legalization states are not going to like the revenue stream being interrupted. roamer65 Jul 2017 #15
Bingo. The marijuana industry gldstwmn Jul 2017 #28
Marijuana increases copulation, music, TV & movies, and munchies Miles Archer Jul 2017 #16
Fuck you !!! SamKnause Jul 2017 #17
Trump Haters?.... busterbrown Jul 2017 #18
This has nothing to do with J_William_Ryan Jul 2017 #19
America's failed drug policies mountain grammy Jul 2017 #20
Trump's rural voters will love it . . . OldRedneck Jul 2017 #21
This was the first headline that I came across on DU. As I read I just begin to get more YOHABLO Jul 2017 #22
I dont think Russia should be dictating our drug policy. padfun Jul 2017 #23
This statement speaks loudly: "immigration and marijuana increases violent crime" icymist Jul 2017 #24
'lil does he know bora13 Jul 2017 #25
That's right. Give control of Marijuana back to the drug cartels where it belongs. n/t Binkie The Clown Jul 2017 #26
Me thinks he has no idea what he's up against now, not 1980s Alice11111 Jul 2017 #31
Genie's out of that bottle pecosbob Jul 2017 #33
oh and yes bdtrppr6 Jul 2017 #34
Here we go... Puzzler Jul 2017 #35
Hey BLOTUS, How About a Crackdown on Organized Crime? red dog 1 Jul 2017 #36
What a fucking waste of time and money. Vinca Jul 2017 #37
"States Rights!!!!11!!!!" BumRushDaShow Jul 2017 #38
simple Democratic party/Democrat talking point bluecollar2 Jul 2017 #39
LOL! This might be how Trump loses his base. EL34x4 Jul 2017 #40
From The Hill lordsummerisle Jul 2017 #41
HE LIED AGAIN. His campaign pledges mean NOTHING !!! trueblue2007 Jul 2017 #44
Who profits? mahina Jul 2017 #45
Draft of the report jmowreader Jul 2017 #48
Veterans and others suffering from PTSD are often helped by marijuana duhneece Jul 2017 #49
State's rights. truthisfreedom Jul 2017 #50
Nixon: war on drugs a political tool to fight blacks, opposition sharedvalues Jul 2017 #51
They THINK their dear little right-wingers never smoke grass! raging moderate Jul 2017 #52
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