At least one part of the country is going to be facing the anti-pot wrath of Jess Sessions. That region now in the Sessions crosshair is Southern West Virginia, thanks to the US Attorney newly appointed to that area. To break this down to a level that gets to the actual core (in other words, to remove the veneer of govspeak), this US Attorney, Mike Stuart, is pledging to aggressively go after people who are buying, selling, ingesting, smoking a plant.
Their actions are not directly harming others. But Mike Stuart, using the shield of “law” to justify immoral acts, will be taking it upon himself to use resources, resources paid, in part, by the very people this man is about to victimize, to cage people, and, for those who resist, to de facto order their execution, all for taking an action that does not directly harm others.
The new U.S. attorney in West Virginia’s Southern District is pledging to pursue marijuana cases in the Mountain State in compliance with federal law.
“We have a limited number of resources, a number of high-profile matters to deal with, but we do not view marijuana as any less important for prosecution than any opiate that’s on the street including heroin,” said Mike Stuart.
He took the Oath of Office during a private ceremony Tuesday in Charleston.
Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced he was rescinding the 2013 “Cole memo.”
Named for James Cole, a deputy U.S. attorney general under President Barack Obama, it allowed for prosecutorial discretion in states where marijuana was legal.
In general, it was viewed as a “hands-off,” passive approach to the enforcement of federal law under which marijuana remains illegal.
“It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law,” Sessions said.
Stuart agreed. “We in the Southern District of West Virginia will take that very seriously,” he said.