24 January 2017

Merry Jane reports that the medical marijuana naysayer will retain his post

Earlier last week Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that Rosenberg would stay on as the head of the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration. In an interview with NPR, Spicer said the decision to keep Rosenberg and a number of other Obama staffers was in the interest of keeping the government fully functional as President Trump breaks in his new seat in the Oval Office.

Unfortunately, this does not give the marijuana reform community much hope of seeing any significant changes to the current Schedule I listing of the cannabis plant. After all, it was Rosenberg who made the call last year not to downgrade marijuana to a lesser classification. The nation’s leading drug enforcer said the “decision isn’t based on danger. This decision is based on whether marijuana, as determined by the FDA, is a safe and effective medicine… and it’s not.”

But then again Rosenberg has never really had much faith in the concept of the cannabis plant healing the sick.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg told CBS News. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

Full report at https://www.merryjane.com/news/chuck-rosenberg-will-stay-on-as-head-of-the-dea

So..if the DEA doesn’t re-schedule and the congress doesn’t look at some sort of federal regulatory environment that will move new AG Sessions into his role a enforcer of Federal law if we glean correctly from his testimony at his confirmation hearing.

We also noted yesterday via NPR and reported here in “The Hill” 

Senate Democrats are delaying a vote on Sen. Jeff Sessions‘s nomination to be President Trump’s attorney general, arguing they want more time to review the pick.

“As we have done for most nominees … I’m asking that the vote for Sen. Sessions be held over until next week,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote on the Alabama Republican’s nomination during a Tuesday morning meeting. The committee’s approval is a first step to being scheduled for a full Senate vote.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/315828-democrats-delay-vote-on-sessions-nomination

 We wonder if the delay tactic by Feinstein is also a little hint by the Senator to legislators in her home state to move any legislation they can a bit further down the road in the spirit of get any laws on the books because once the process has started it takes longer to undo , if that is indeed where we are heading.