Congressman Matt Gaetz Issues Statement Opposing AG Sessions Decision to End Policy on State Medical Marijuana Laws

January 4, 2018
Press Release


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) issued the following statement today in response on reports that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind the “Cole Memorandum” — guidance established by the previous Administration in 2013 that allowed states to implement responsible medical marijuana laws without federal interference.

“This cruel plan is repugnant to the Tenth Amendment and harms some of our most vulnerable fellow Americans. In my district and nationwide, children have been helped by medical marijuana when all other treatments have failed. Some have gone from surgeries and seizures to baseball games and homecoming dances.

Veterans have ditched the ‘combat cocktail’ for soothing medical marijuana treatments and rejuvenated lives. AG Sessions’ policy would make sick children sicker. It would oppose the will of 81% of veterans, according to the American Legion. It will place the government between vulnerable people and something that could help them. This decision even flies in the face of President Trump, who expressed support for medical marijuana and state-level decision-making during his campaign, and stated on July 29, 2016 that “I think it should be up to the states.” While prosecution of bad actors is always welcome, it would be heartless to systemically use the awesome power of the federal government to punish people providing legitimate medicine.” Rep. Gaetz said.