President Trump set to legalize marijuana nationwide

 President Trump has announced plans to protect your right to consume legal marijuana, vetoing a memo issued by attorney Jeff Sessions. According to Republican Senator Cory Gardner, Trump personally assured him that he will back congressional efforts to protect states’ rights to legal marijuana, effectively rendering Jeff Sessions’ attempts to outlaw the drug useless.

Nydailynews.com reports: The Sessions memo sought to reverse Obama-era policies on recreational pot and hinted at a federal crackdown.

“Late Wednesday, I received a commitment from the President that the Department of Justice’s rescission of the Cole memo will not impact Colorado’s legal marijuana industry,” Gardner said in a statement Friday. “Furthermore, President Trump has assured me that he will support a federalism-based legislative solution to fix this states’ rights issue once and for all.”

 Gardner, whose state legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, threatened to block all Justice Department nominees after Sessions’ January memo. In light of Trump’s phone call, the senator said he has had a change of heart.

“Because of these commitments, I have informed the administration that I will be lifting my remaining holds on Department of Justice nominees,” Gardner said.

 Sessions did not react publically to the development, but a source familiar with the matter told the Daily News that the Justice Department had not been consulted before Trump’s phone call.

 White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Gardner’s statement.

“We’re always consulting Congress about issues, including states rights, of which the president is a firm believer and the statement that the senator put out earlier today is accurate,” Sanders told reporters at the White House Friday.

 Sessions has been a staunch opponent of marijuana legalization throughout his political career.

 The 71-year-old Alabama native was blocked from a federal judgeship because an African-American colleague testified that he once joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK” until he “found out they smoked pot.”

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‘Restrictive’ Gun Control Did Not Prevent Christchurch Massacre

 New Zealand requires licensing and in-depth background checks for would-be gun owners, but neither gun control policy prevented Friday’s attacks in Christchurch that killed nearly 50 people.

The University of Sydney’s GunPolicy.org describes New Zealand’s gun control as “restrictive,” because owning guns in that nation is not a guaranteed right but a privilege extended by the government.


Moreover, before legally owning a gun, residents must acquire a license. The acquisition of that license involves passage of a background check that “considers criminal, mental health, medical, addiction and domestic violence records.” Third party references must also be provided to authorities during the license procurement process and interviews are conducted with the applicant’s immediate family.

Even after licensing, New Zealanders cannot buy a handgun or “military style” semiautomatic without providing an acceptable explanation for why they want such a firearm. Additionally, those firearms must be registered with the central government upon acquisition.

It is illegal to sell a gun to anyone without a license, which means the background checks for license acquisition are universal; they cover all gun sales and transfers. And in the event that an individual is buying a gun from a friend or neighbor instead of retail, “the buyer… is obliged to pass official background checks before taking possession.” Also, “the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one pistol, military style semi-automatic firearm, or restricted firearm per acquisition permit.”

Further, gun show sales are highly regulated in New Zealand.

Democrat lawmakers in the U.S. are promoting many of these very gun controls–universal background checks, licensing, more gun show regulation, limits on the number of guns that can be purchased, etc.–arguing that these measures will make Americans safe. It is not yet clear how the killer in Christchurch acquired his weapons, yet we see that these gun controls did not prevent an attack that killed nearly 50 unarmed innocents.

More than one mosque was attacked in Christchurch, and the shooters who converged on a mosque in Linwood were reportedly chased by an apparent attendee who happened to be armed for self-defense.

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