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Take Action: Sessions Threatens State Marijuana Laws

Major Neill Franklin

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Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved closer to reigniting a war on marijuana. Sessions rescinded several Obama-era directives, including the Cole Memorandum, which served to protect states where marijuana has been legalized, for adult or medical use, from federal prosecution. Sessions also noted, in a memo sent to U.S. Attorneys, that  federal law prohibits the sale and possession of marijuana, and that prosecutors should use their discretion in weighing charges. 

This rollback of protections opens the door for the federal government to trample the Tenth Amendment, which protects states’ rights when it comes to marijuana laws. It means every state that has legalized adult use of marijuana or medical marijuana, or decriminalized marijuana, is at risk.

 Marijuana arrests disproportionately impact some of our most vulnerable citizens. Putting marijuana prosecution firmly on the Justice Department’s radar again will set back racial justice, increase tensions between police and the communities they serve, put medical marijuana patients at risk, and squander valuable opportunities for economic growth.

 Sessions has disregarded the will of American voters, 64 percent of whom support legalized marijuana. We need to make sure our voice is heard. 

Contact your Congressperson now

It’s not too late to stop this, but we have to work fast.

Tell Congress to block Sessions’ Justice Department from attacking state marijuana laws

Neill Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. After 23 years of dedicated service to the Maryland State Police, he was recruited in 2000 by the Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department to reconstruct and command Baltimore’s Education and Training Section. During his time on the force, he held the position of commander for the Education and Training Division and the Bureau of Drug and Criminal Enforcement. He also instituted and oversaw the very first Domestic Violence Investigative Units for the Maryland State Police.

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Did Alexander Acosta Allow Famous Pedophiles to Go Free?

Polipace Staff

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Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is under fire again for a plea deal for sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2008, when Acosta was U.S. attorney in Miami.

Acosta was reportedly under consideration to become attorney general, CNN reported earlier this month. Matthew Whitaker has been serving as acting AG, appointed by President Donald Trump after Jeff Sessions was fired Nov. 7.

However, because of a Miami Herald report on the plea deal, he is now out of the running for the post.

Epstein – a multimillionaire financier who counted Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, among his friends – was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls as far back as 2001 in what the Herald classified in its expose as a “large, cult-like network.”

Sources close to the president told the Herald Acosta is out of the running for the AG position.

Acosta approved a non-prosecution agreement for Epstein, which allowed him to serve only 18 months in prison.

Epstein pleaded guilty to two state charges of prostitution solicitation. The terms of the deal prevent him and his associates from facing federal charges, the Miami Herald said, which could have sent him to jail for life. He was required to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to dozens of victims.

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Trump Signals He Will Support Marijuana Legalization

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Following the forced resignation of US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, stock in marijuana rebounded. And now, President Donald Trump says it is likely the psychedelic herb will be decriminalized during his term in office.

The LA Times reports that President declared that he would “likely” support a congressional effort to end the federal ban on pot. The move would signify a significant change in the legal cannabis industry, as well as end the threat of a Justice Department crackdown.

A bill to decriminalize the herb is presently being pushed by a bipartisan coalition. It would allow for states to go forward with the legalization process without the threat of federal prosecution.

Trump made his comments to a group of reporters before boarding a helicopter to attend the G-7 Summit on Friday. He expressed support for the bill, which was proposed by the bipartisan group the day before.

“I support Sen. Gardner,” Trump said, referencing one of the bill’s main sponsors, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). “I know exactly what he’s doing. We’re looking at it. But I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

So far, Washington D.C. and nine US states have legalized the legal consumption of marijuana for adults. Additionally, 20 US states permit marijuana for medical use.

Once cannabis is decriminalized at a federal level, many of the restrictions and roadblocks preventing established businesses from conducting affairs in states where it is legal will disappear. For instance, as Gardner explained at a recent news conference, “If you are in the marijuana business … you can’t get a bank loan or set up a bank account because of concern over the conflict between state and federal law.”

“We need to fix this. It is time we take this industry out of the shadows, bring these dollars out of the shadows,” he concluded.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Arrested by Feds for RICO

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Daniel Hernandez, the Brooklyn rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, was arrested in New York City on federal crime charges last night. 6ix9ine’s ex-manager Shottie, real name Kifano Jordan, and their associates Faheem Walter (aka Crippy) and Jensel Butler (aka Ish) were also arrested. They all face racketeering and firearms charges. 6ix9ine said last week that he had fired Shottie and the rest of his management team.

The investigation that led to 6ix9ine’s arrest was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s office with the NYPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security Investigations. Pitchfork has emailed a representative for 6ix9ine for comment.

Earlier this month, police apprehended Jordan in connection with an incident in which Walter, in his capacity as 6ix9ine’s bodyguard, was shot and later charged with gang assault.

Hernandez is currently on probation, stemming from an October 2015 guilty plea to the use of a child in a sexual performance. Sentencing in the case dragged on for years until, last month, a New York judge gave Hernandez four years of probation and required him to complete community service, refrain from gang affiliation, and avoid future arrests.

Daniel Hernandez also has a pending legal case in Texas. This past January, Hernandez allegedly choked a 16-year-old at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas. Hernandez and his security demanded that the teenager erase video footage of the incident from his phone, according to a police report. In May, he was charged with misdemeanor assault, and he was arrested on the Texas warrant in July.

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