Cannabis Legalization Movement Galvanizes Over Jeff Sessions’ Attacks

America’s cannabis legalization movement shows no signs of slowing. Vermont and New Jersey are set to legalize cannabis for adults this year despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ best efforts. At the beginning of the month, Sessions made headlines by rescinding federal cannabis protections. Colloquially known as the Cole Memo, it was set up to keep recreational cannabis industries culpable for black market activities involving legal cannabis products.

Sessions didn’t command federal prosecutors to go after cannabis, but he did remove any restrictions if they choose to do so themselves. Chills traveled down the collective cannabis industries spine, wondering if a bustling billion dollar experiment was about to come to an end. Especially after California opened America’s largest recreational cannabis industry.

It didn’t take long for Washington and Colorado lawmakers like Cory Gardner, Jay Inslee, and Bob Ferguson to defend their states cannabis laws and encouraged the industry to resist as they’re resisting and continue business as usual. Sen. Gardner is blocking all Justice Department nominees until the protections are restored. Not only has the industry continued with business as usual, other states are getting into the cannabis business.

“I believe what happened today was a trampling of Colorado’s rights, it’s voters; and sure this was a heavily debated issue (issue being cannabis legalization,) something I’ve already said I’d opposed, but the people of Colorado spoke. They spoke loudly and I believe if the same question was asked today they’d have more support for the decison they made several years ago.” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)

Vermont is the first state to legalize cannabis through legislation, rather than leaving it up to voters. The bill was passed by the Vermont legislature last week and Gov. Phil Scott is expecting to sign into law. This would allow adults 21 and over to grow and possess small amounts of cannabis. There’s no talk of a regulated recreational industry at this time, but Vermont senators hope this is a step in that direction.

New Jersey is set to be the second state to legalize weed through the legislature after the inauguration of Gov. Phil Murray. Called the “anti-Chris Christie,” Murray campaigned on promises to make cannabis legal and it doesn’t look like he’s wasting anytime keeping them. This bill could be signed as early as late January and will allow adults to possess and grow small amounts of cannabis. The bill includes scaffolding for the potential recreational sale of cannabis starting in 2018.

When it’s all said and done, Sessions might be remembered as an unlikely ALLY in the quest for full cannabis legalization. Little does he know, he’s galvanizing people to unite over not just cannabis, but the issue of states rights and constitutions. State lawmakers would rather listen to the 60 percent of citizens who live in cannabis safe states; rather than help an old man impose his destructively dated moral code.

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Jeff Sessions Attacks Cannabis Industry By Killing The Cole Memo

Last month Jeff Sessions and the GOP went after medical marijuana protections and now Sessions is putting the entire legal cannabis industry at risk. Sessions wrote a letter to all states saying the Cole Memorandum (Cole memo) is to be rescinded immediately. States are to follow the laws set forth by the Controlled Substance Act. Obama-era polices of noninterference pertaining to states marijuana laws are no longer in place.

What Is The Cole Memo?

The Cole memo is the document drafted by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole that was the binding set of regulations states recreational cannabis laws we’re to obey. As long as states were in 100 percent compliance with these laws, federal prosecutors would abstain from inference of cannabis related activities. States like Colorado have shown how serious they are about following the Cole memo’s rules. Last month the state raided 13 recreational dispensaries for state law violations. Colorado did this on its own accord with no prompting or help from DEA or any other federal agencies.

Jeff Sessions

Sessions didn’t outright tell federal prosecutors to go after cannabis businesses, but he removed the  leashes if any decide to do so themselves. In his letter Sessions mentions the finite resources they’re managing to prosecute marijuana cases, but to uphold federal law which still labels cannabis as a schedule-one drug. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said his office would aggressively pursue cannabis related crimes but the states recreational marijuana law isn’t be addressed at this time. While Lelling seems to be lock-step with Sessions assessment that this is a “return to law,” most-everyone else seems to be unanimously against the move and are standing against Sessions and defending the Cole memo.

Another Trump Lie

Trump’s stance leading up to the 2017 election was to leave the states alone when it came to marijuana prosecution, a decision that held with President Obama and Attorney General Holder-era recommendations.

“I’m a states person, I think it should be up to the states,” Trump said.

Trump has been silent since Sessions rescinded the Cole memo. Trump hasn’t reigned in Session who’s been attacking cannabis since he took his attorney general position. Trump has not kept to his word on many things since he was elected, and the states cannabis rights is another entry on that long list of lies.

Defending The Cole Memo Against Jeff Sessions

Washington Governor Jay Inslee suggested the public stand firm and resist while Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said “we’re not messing around” in regards defending the Washington’s cannabis industry. Massachusetts Gov.  Charlie Baker, U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado, Republican Senator Cory Gardner, Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsome  and the Koch brothers are just some of the law makers and policy influencers that disagree with Sessions attack on the cannabis industry.

It’s well known that the war on drugs perpetuates racial stereotypes dealing with drug use and disproportionately effects black and brown neighborhoods, systematically ruining thousands of peoples lives. For Sessions to restart a drug war that’s wasted billions of tax dollars with no positive impact to show for it; is downright insulting to the critically thinking voters of this country. The majority of whom at minimum support medical cannabis if not complete legalization.

Cannabis needs to be further researched to fully understand its benefits and detriments, but it’s unanimously agreed that it’s safer than opioids, which is plaguing out country. It’s also safer than alcohol and tobacco; both are legal and regulated by the government despite having no medical usage whatsoever.

In Washington consumers have purchased $2.48 billion in cannabis, paid $223 million in sales tax $682 million in marijuana tax. That’s almost a $1 billion budget for Washington to fight Sessions decision. These numbers are as of Oct. 2017, according to 502data.

KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.


Find Out What Makes Elevate Cannabis Co. One of Washington’s Top Producers

Elevate Cannabis Co. started eight years ago in Colorado, when Shane Reece, Corey Lord and Jessica Fort started talking about cannabis. Eventually they “went for it,” and dove into cannabis cultivation.  Two years in Colorado and they felt the market was over saturated, the Elevate team headed to Washington in 2012, Lord said. Lord is the Cultivation Manager of Elevate Cannabis Co.

After I-502’s “herky jerky start,” Elevate entered Washington’s recreational market in 2015, hit their stride and haven’t slowed down since. Finding a good team to work with took more time than they would have liked and they went through a lot of employees, Lord explained.  Eventually the right people found their way to Elevate. People that respected the company and the plants in equal terms. Now you’ll find Elevate in stores all over Washington. Their products constantly keep up with the competition.

“I hate to look at it as competition,” Lord said.

He believes every producer is unique, and enjoys the observing different apporaches. Elevate’s strain selection sets them apart, Lord says. If each strain doesn’t leave Lord and his team on the edge of his seat, it’s not getting grown.  They offers 12 strains consistently, with 6 more on the way. It’s a process to put a new plant in the garden; dialing in a phenotype from seed to flower can be over six months, Lord said. Elevate takes the time to ensure everything they produce is high quality and potent.

Favorite Strains In The Garden

A few of Lord’s favorite strains are Key Lime Pie, Sin Mint Cookies, and Bruce Banner.

Key Lime Pie is a short and stocky high yielder. She wields a loud and sweet citrus gas aroma.

Sin Mint Cookies towers over her neighbors in the garden. The high is super stony like a classic cookies, with an added vibrant sweetness.

Bruce Banner is a classic strain that will be in Lord’s garden until the end of time. A Strawberry Diesel and OG Kush cross. It’s a mellow hybrid that low and high tolerance smokers can handle it.

What’s New at Elevate?

They have a new batch of  Sour Cookies live resin terp sauce that for all of the terp chasers. With 11 percent terpenes detected, their concentrates are getting closer to tasting how harvest smells. Imagine if a day taste similar to the ripe smell of a grow room at day 62.

They’re also releasing limited batches of two new strains: The Sauce and Extreme OG. Both are crossed with Green Ribbon. The other half of the crosses are Gorilla Glue 4 and Fire OG respectively. Look out for these strains where ever you find Elevate Cannabis Co.


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KushMart opened in November 2014 and has been a top-ranked recreational pot shop since day 1. We’re located at 6309 Evergreen Way STE C minutes off of Interstate 5. With ample parking, you will be in and out in no time and with our amazing selection and best prices you will have a smile on your face.