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Sini #142659 12/30/17 05:52 PM
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I sent you a PM, as suggested by General Order 1, based on a misunderstanding. That demonstrates the wisdom of General Order 1, which is something you should take note of. I have already resolved the misunderstanding with Jetstar. I consider the matter closed, since it was a misunderstanding based on my error. You might consider doing the same, but if not, that's fine too.


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side stepping the snowflake drama lets get back on topic.


Bannon has turned on Trump and now Trump claims Bannon was nothing more than a Coffee boy.

Only 3 more years of this bullshit but honestly I don't discredit the idea of Trump pulling us into a really bad war soon.

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Trump did fire him, so I think it's safe to say he thought his performance was sub par. From this article, the reason might be that Bannon was mostly promoting Bannon, and not Trump.

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He was furious with his chief strategist after he was quoted in an interview with the American Prospect contradicting Trump on North Korea and asserting that Bannon was able to make personnel changes at the State Department.


http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/18/politics/steve-bannon-white-house/index.html

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https://apnews.com/19f6bfec15a74733b40eaf0ff9162bfa

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The Obama administration in 2013 announced it would not stand in the way of states that legalize marijuana, so long as officials acted to keep it from migrating to places where it remained outlawed and out of the hands of criminal gangs and children. Sessions is rescinding that memo, written by then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, which had cleared up some of the uncertainty about how the federal government would respond as states began allowing sales for recreational and medical purposes.


Curious to know how you all feel about this? Personally, I believe state law should almost always take precedent over federal law, and that the move made by the Obama administration was beneficial to that approach. This appears to be an attempt to erode the weight of states' laws. Jeff Sessions' thoughts about marijuana are probably worthy of a separate discussion; that guy is off his fucking rocker comparing it to heroin.

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The Obama administration decided arbitrarily not to enforce Federal law. If the laws remain on the books, they should be enforced. If we as a country don't want those laws to be enforced, then our elected representatives in Congress should amend or repeal those laws. But until that happens, the Justice Department is not empowered to pick and choose which laws to enforce, and which they will ignore, particularly if the choice rests on politically corrupt decisions.


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The Obama administration decided arbitrarily not to enforce Federal law. If the laws remain on the books, they should be enforced. If we as a country don't want those laws to be enforced, then our elected representatives in Congress should amend or repeal those laws. But until that happens, the Justice Department is not empowered to pick and choose which laws to enforce, and which they will ignore, particularly if the choice rests on politically corrupt decisions.

Moderator: posting from my phone and for some reason this double posted, and I can't delete it. Delete it for me, please.

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So, from your argument, it would also follow that states should also not be able to overstep federal authority and overly enforce federal laws. Thus the additional restrictions on the sale of alcohol that many states enact should be disallowed. Of course, that is a minor overstep of authority if we look at how red states are trying to the subvert the SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade and institute bans on abortions.

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Originally Posted by Owain
The Obama administration decided arbitrarily not to enforce Federal law. If the laws remain on the books, they should be enforced. If we as a country don't want those laws to be enforced, then our elected representatives in Congress should amend or repeal those laws. But until that happens, the Justice Department is not empowered to pick and choose which laws to enforce, and which they will ignore, particularly if the choice rests on politically corrupt decisions.


The issue is that marijuana is classified as a schedule 1 substance, lumping it in with all of the hard narcotics that fall under the Controlled Substance Act, which isn't getting repealed any time soon. This is so because they consider marijuana to be highly addictive, and of no medical use, an opinion that (recent data suggest) a majority of Americans do not hold. This classification makes it impossible to use medical marijuana (nevermind recreational) in states that have legalized it, since federal law allows for prosecution regardless of state law. One alternative is reclassifying marijuana as something other than a schedule 1 substance, but this may not be popular in some states. The other is to do exactly what was done (in a bi-partisan manner mind you) during the Obama administration, which is to advise prosecutors not to pursue charges against users who are abiding by state law, provided they meet certain standards. That was the goal of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which essentially removed any federal funding for the justice department to use in preventing states from enacting medical marijuana laws. That amendment was signed into law in 2014 and is still on the books.

This feels like a good middle ground, where state law can matter, and a federal law that would be extremely hard to change is still relevant in states that have no legalized medical/recreational marijuana. Sessions' rescinding of the memorandum advising prosecutors not to pursue charges against (state) legal users is a slap in the face to this law, and to state enacted marijuana laws.

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Originally Posted by doggernaut
So, from your argument, it would also follow that states should also not be able to overstep federal authority and overly enforce federal laws. Thus the additional restrictions on the sale of alcohol that many states enact should be disallowed. Of course, that is a minor overstep of authority if we look at how red states are trying to the subvert the SCOTUS decision on Roe v. Wade and institute bans on abortions.

Generally speaking, as long as no federal law is violated, particularly not the Constitution, state law can be more prohibitive than federal law, but not less prohibitive.


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Marijuana is classified as a class 1 substance by law, and the Obama administration should not have been able to set that aside legally, but the Obama administration frequently didn't abide by what was legal.

The Controlled Substances Act is the controlling legislation, and changing that would require legislation passed by both the Senate and the House, and signed into law by the President to either amend or repeal that law.

If that is what we want as a country, then first Congress must act.

http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-charges/controlled-substances-act-csa-overview.html


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