Why Jeff Sessions’ Successor Could Be Worse for Drug Reform
Someday—perhaps someday very soon, judging by how often his boss is harassing him into obstructing justice, online—Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III will no longer be attorney general of the United States.
When Sessions goes, the U.S. will be different: An authoritarian embodiment of the Republicans’ Southern Strategy, who has no compunction against lying under oath about meetings with foreign agents trying to influence the democratic process, will no longer run the U.S. Justice Department.
That will be good!
Less good is the fact that Sessions’s replacement, whomever he (and it will almost certainly be a he) turns out to be—Rudy Giuliani, Ted Cruz, Hulk Hogan—may wield broad new powers to unilaterally ramp up the drug war, outlawing new substances without input from Congress or the public.
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How a Federal Raid, a Brutal Home Invasion & Over-Regulation Sunk Southern Oregon’s Best-Known Grower
Everybody in southern Oregon knew James Bowman. That was the problem.
A lifelong grower who’d been cultivating cannabis in multiple states since he was 16, the 57-year-old Bowman and his “High Hopes Farms,” in unincorporated Applegate in Jackson County, boasted of serving more medical marijuana patients than any other cannabis farm in Oregon.
He’d been growing there for 11 years, just a few years after Oregon legalized medical cannabis. Maybe he was right. Either way, that reputation was one big reason why Bowman was raided in 2012 by federal agents. Feds seized his entire 800-plant crop and 400 pounds of processed cannabis, the supply intended for 200 Oregon medical marijuana patients.
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Employers Advised to Hold Off on Testing for Pot Use
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine official says employers shouldn’t test for marijuana because state law doesn’t allow workers to be fired for using it.
A committee tasked with establishing new regulations in the wake of the legalization of recreational marijuana heard testimony Monday from a labor department official who said the state’s current rules are an outlier.
The Portland Press Herald reports that Julie Rabinowitz said employers currently can’t fire an employee or reject an applicant for failing a drug test. She said employers need more leeway to maintain drug-free workplaces.
The committee said the issue would be best handled by the Legislature’s labor committee.
On Marijuana, Jeff Sessions is Facing a Tougher Opponent Than Trump: Ex-New York Jets Star Marvin Washington.
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