Pubdate: Wed, 22 Nov 2017
Source: Daily News, The (Newburyport, MA)
Copyright: 2017 Eagle Tribune Publishing Company
Author: Steven S. Epstein


To the editor:

Last March, I wrote Congressman Seth Moulton asking him to become a
co-sponsor of H.R. 975, the "€œRespect State Marijuana Laws Act."€ He
responded that, "€œThe federal government ought to respect the will of
the voters in states like Massachusetts, Colorado and Washington that
have approved marijuana legalization."

Yet, instead of signing on as a co-sponsor, he chooses to leave
federal enforcement up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions
understands the proper roles of Congress and his office. He stated at
his confirmation hearing, "€œI think one obvious concern is that the
United States Congress made the possession of marijuana in every state
and the distribution of it an illegal act. If that'€™s something
that'€™s not desired any longer, Congress should pass a law to change
the rule. It is not the attorney general'€™s job to decide what laws
to enforce. We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we
are able."€ By "€œable"€ he is referring to budgetary constraints of
attempting to enforce federal prohibition of a plant that grows in
every state.

Mr. Moulton, leaders lead. Get off the fence and sponsor the

Steven S. Epstein

West Street Georgetown
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