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Answer with Sessions and marijuana is to change law

12 Enero 2018, 05:04 | Crisanna Felipe

Record-High Support for Legalizing Marijuana Use in U.S. - Gallup News

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Sessions didn't invent marijuana prohibition or the War on Drugs.

Rivers called the USA attorney general's position "misguided", and claimed that Washington state has all but eliminated the black market for marijuana, while Sessions' new federal guidelines could bring it back.

Gardner says Sessions did agree to meet with a larger group of concerned Senators, who are already exploring ways to counter the recent policy change through legislation.

And in a strongly-worded speech on the Senate floor, Gardner - who originally opposed the legalization of cannabis in his state - said he would block Justice Department nominees until Sessions "lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation".

"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 and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission", said Sessions.

"While it is far from a done deal, I am hopeful that we can attach language to the government funding bill to protect legalized recreational and medical marijuana", Polis said Tuesday.

"I can not. provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution", Lelling said on Monday.

Members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation; led by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; sent a bipartisan letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to reverse his decision on the Cole Memorandum. He said, "My opinion is this is a direct attack on states' rights and the will of the people in states".

But now federal prosecutors can enforce federal marijuana laws more aggressively on dispensaries, even medical only distributors like Helena Buds.

Gardner described a conversation with the attorney general in which he emphasized two themes - states' rights and sticking by one's word - while Sessions played down the significance of the policy shift.

Gardner said they will continue to work together on legislative steps that can be taken to restore states' rights impacted by the latest decision.

When Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, a policy that staved law enforcement from raiding compliant cannabis operations in legal states, he neglected to first alert the Treasury agency of the news.

Republican President Donald Trump's stepped-up federal enforcement could take a toll on the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. "Give me a break", he said.

Medical marijuana was legalized in 2004 under a state ballot initiative that required over 60 percent of voters to approve the measure. "I think it's a very significant development", Hutchinson said of Sessions' move. Although this amendment provides some protection to the medical marijuana industry, it does nothing to help recreationally legal states.

In Alabama, both medical and recreational cannabis are illegal, but it is one of 18 states with "CBD-only" laws.



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