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Maricopa attorney: Trump should end marijuana ‘charade’

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Cronkite News Service Photo by Christina Silvestri)

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery (Cronkite News Service Photo by Christina Silvestri)

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says he expects President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to put an end to “the charade” of marijuana legalization laws.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2gZGpRI) that Montgomery says he wants Trump’s administration to work with the U.S. Department of Justice and Congress to put medical marijuana under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval process. The attorney says there should be a crackdown on people abusing the medical marijuana system for recreation use and on states that have approved marijuana as a recreational drug.

Montgomery says states have created a “patchwork system of regulations and programs” that are in conflict with federal law, and not quashing them will undermine the legitimacy of federalism.

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3 comments

  1. It’s sad that Montgomery doesn’t understand the law.

    Because of the anti-commandeering doctrine, etc., the Feds can’t make states recriminalize mj or make local officers enforce federal prohibition, so patients in 29 mmj states & adults in 8 rec mj states will always be able to possess & use (& in some states, grow & gift) mj.

    The Feds can, however, shut down all state-regulated, commercial mj activity & force patients & consumers back into the black market – which means more unregulated growing that’ll end up across state lines & in the hands of minors, & less patient access to more specialized & refined, non-psychoactive forms of mmj (the kinds most beneficial to sick children, etc.).

    In other words, Prohibitionists like Sessions can only make the situation worse by any metric – even their own.

    “[A] federal crackdown would backfire by producing an atomized, anarchic, state-legalized but unregulated marijuana market that federal drug enforcers could neither contain nor force the states to contain.”

    https://www.brookings.edu/research/marijuana-policy-and-presidential-leadership-how-to-avoid-a-federal-state-train-wreck/amp/?client=safaris

  2. Yes, Minority President, go ahead and order Savage Sessions to recriminalize use of marijuana. That’ll solve no known problems and get the drug gangs back into business, but Bill Montgomery, who like you hasn’t any idea of that about which he speaks, and who has no respect for the people’s vote in Arizona but also everywhere in the county, says you should — so go ahead. You can always blame the wretched blowback on Montgomery. With his various corrupt deals in Maricopa County, he can shoulder it, knowing that, like Sheriff Joe, he’ll be around long after he should retire.

    Until he is retired. It’s about time.

  3. fascism :
    an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
    synonyms: authoritarianism · totalitarianism · dictatorship · [more]

    (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

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