Jeff Sessions Fulfills Dream of Cracking Down on Legal Weed

08 January, 2018, 05:00 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Lines swell outside of Berkeley Patients Group as consumers eagerly lined up on the morning of Jan. 1 to get a taste of legal cannabis

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, who faces a tough party primary this year, said Gov. Brian Sandoval and state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, both Republicans, should meet with federal officials about the policy change.

Troyer said his office will continue to focus on "identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state".

The U.S. attorney for Colorado took office in August 2016 after former President Barack Obama's appointee stepped down.

Gillibrand urged fellow lawmakers to support legislation she proposed that would "keep the federal government out of the way when doctors and patients decide that medical marijuana is the best treatment for them".

Q: Will this make it harder for businesses that sell marijuana?

Obama-era guidance gave low priority to prosecutions of medical marijuana dispensing under state law.

Young said that if the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions stands and Congress allows the department to crack down on individuals and states, "it will be one of the biggest derelictions of duty I will have witnessed". He said he opposed legalization at the ballot box but his office defended the law against lawsuits once it passed.

"The memo set out harms we saw associated with marijuana" but essentially said that otherwise "let's let the states deal with this", Cole told CNN. Colorado, Washington, California and several other states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notwithstanding federal prohibitions.

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Lessar said, "The way I understand it the government just wants to be more involved in crimes like exporting and selling to children, which is not something I would necessarily be against, but we hear changes every day so it's still uncertain".

Sessions drew a swift and angry response from Senator Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who said the AG was "trampling the will of the voters". The only time he's ever acknowledged marijuana was in May 2017, when he note (in a statement) that a spending bill he helped pass included a provision that prevented the DOJ from prosecuting medical marijuana cases in places where it's legal. Jones has been working to get more insurers into the market for insuring marijuana related businesses.

In his memo Sessions said, "Prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutors".

Some in the marijuana industry are taking a similar wait-and-see approach.

The Obama-era policy of going easy on marijuana just went up in smoke, but it remains to be seen whether the new directive of Attorney General Jeff Sessions will have any impact on New York's nascent medical marijuana industry. "This is an industry that Oregonians have chosen - and one I will do everything within my legal authority to protect", Rosenblum said.

But at Green Dragon, Levine said the move won't cause any changes and they won't slow growth plans or scale back any operations.

The move by Sessions has generated outrage among advocates for legal marijuana as well as some conservatives who believe the federal government shouldn't overrule the wishes of state government on issues like this.

The new USA attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in mid-December, called marijuana "a risky drug" in his statement on Sessions' action.

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