Wolf to Sessions: Hands off PA's medical marijuana – York Daily Record/Sunday News
Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana has many restrictions for users. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions(Photo: Alex Brandon, AP)
After 2 1/2 hours on a Senate hot seat this week in front of a committee questioning him about his possible ties to Russia, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions then got a somewhat threatening letter from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
The gist of the June 15 letter was: Back off of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.
Sessions, in a May 1 letter to Congressional leaders, asked that any pending legislation not restrict the Department of Justice’s authority to enforce federal controlled substances laws in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Sessions also has directed federal prosecutors to seek maximum or “mandatory minimum” sentences in drug cases.
In 2016, Act 16, establishing Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program, was passed and signed by Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Wolf, pictured here with Pastor Shawn Berkebile. (Photo: Courtesy Shawn Berkebile)
Sessions noted that the U.S. Department of Health and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency under the Obama administration “concluded that ‘marijuana has a high potential for abuse, no current accepted medical use in treatment … and, a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.'”
And, he added, that drug traffickers — including “Cuban, Asian, Caucasian and Eurasian criminal organizations have established marijuana operations in state-approved marijuana markets.”
“The individuals in these organizations often find a place for themselves within state regulatory systems,” Sessions said.
In his letter to Sessions, Wolf said, “Since I signed the legislation, we have taken