In a surprising move, the House of Representatives approved an amendment that will roll back Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ asset forfeiture plan that would have allowed law enforcement to seize cash and property from people suspected of illegal activity but who had not necessarily been charged, much less convicted, of any crime.
Amendment number 126 of the House bill, sponsored by a bipartisan group of nine members, was approved by a virtually unanimous voice vote.
This move will defund the federal asset forfeiture program that Sessions was eager to reinstate after Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder had curtailed the practice, although he had definitely not abolished it.
In other words, approval of the amendment puts the brakes on Sessions and Trump’s obsession with rolling back, or totally eliminating, any and all of Obama’s reforms.
Sessions’ plan to revive the Justice Department’s so-called Equitable Sharing Program are dashed for now.
The program had allowed state and local law enforcement agencies to take an 80 percent kickback from the seizure of civil assets they carried out. This essentially gave cops a huge incentive to knock down doors and steal private citizens’ property and money.
This corrupt practice served as a way for local police and other agencies to avoid state laws that were designed to limit asset forfeiture.
Indeed, Americans lose more property to police seizures than to robbers, according to the Washington Post. In the last decade alone, almost $28 billion worth of cash and property has been seized in this way.
In fact, the DEA seems to rely on asset forfeiture
The Justice Department’s inspector general noted this past March that DEA agents had seized $4 billion in cash during the past decade from travelers—under the pretext of drug-related asset forfeiture.
In more than 81 percent of the cases reviewed, there were no criminal charges filed.
It’s about time to put an end to all forms of this abusive practice, which is nothing more than highway robbery.
Florida’s Largest Police Force Stops Detaining People Over Pot Smell
Beyond the Streets: Cannabis Isn’t the Only Counter Culture en Vogue
What’s in Your Stash? Sharon Letts, Producer, and Writer
Daniel Sloss: Sometimes They’re More Than Just Jokes
House Votes to Protect States With Legal Marijuana From Feds
Two Plead Guilty to Using United States Postal Service to Traffic Marijuana
Raid of Massive Illegal Cannabis Grow Site in California Took Four Days to Complete
What Was Said at Today’s Congressional Hearing on Federal Marijuana Law Reform
News4 days ago
Someone Planted 34 Cannabis Plants in the Vermont Statehouse Flower Beds
Entertainment5 days ago
Recreational Cannabis Comes to Northern Nights Music Festival
Culture4 days ago
What’s in Your Stash? Autumn Saylor, Stay-at-Home Mom, Treating PTSD With Cannabis
News2 days ago
Notorious Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Sentenced to Life in Prison
Activism4 days ago
Navigating Child Protective Services When You Use Cannabis
News4 days ago
Study Finds Legal Cannabis Reduces Illicit Grows in National Forests
Sponsored2 days ago
I Take CBD Oil. Will I Pass a Drug Test?
News2 days ago
West Hollywood Set To Get “First of Its Kind” Cannabis Café