Grass Backwards: Feds seek to pull back marijuana train that’s left station

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, about efforts to reduce violent crime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By Jason Middleton

A new crackdown on marijuana (AKA Mary Jane or Wacky Tabacky). Oil and coal production is through the roof. Free speech and access are being limited for the media and authors and lawn-sign owners.

It’s cool if you were wondering why 1952 is back, because all this nostalgia for crappy policy and limiting freedom is not supposed to be happening in 2018.

About 14 months ago, California voters passed Prop 64 with enthusiasm. Recreational marijuana would become legal as of Jan. 1, 2018. Little did we know on Jan 4., 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would reignite his decades-long fight against the evil weed.

Sessions is rolling back an Obama-era policy that, effectively, allowed states to control their own pot destinies. (Btw, Sessions told us he was going to do this during his confirmation hearings last year.)

As of this writing, California and Colorado attorneys general have publicly pushed back against this rollback from the Department of Justice.

On this week’s show, we spend all four segments talking with David Downs, the cannabis /Green State editor of the San Francisco Chronicle.

We recorded these sessions before Sessions laid bare his backward thinking; however, each of the segments remain relevant as California ramps up its marijuana industry.

And it is an industry … which is one reason why the DOJ stance won’t hold: governments love tax revenues. Marijuana is a cash-cow crop. Anyone can do that math.

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