Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

Colorado AG Cynthia Coffman said that her office could fight back if the federal government did prosecute businesses who are complying with Colorado laws.

Sessions revoked that document and others, citing the fact that pot remains illegal under federal law.

Alaska U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said his office will continue to follow long-established principles in deciding which cases to charge, including following federal law enforcement priorities.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said that state was blindsided by the announcement, according to CNN.

"We've got to be sure we pass legislation that puts in place permanent protections", Titus said.

Some in the marijuana industry are taking a similar wait-and-see approach. "The Justice Department should immediately reverse this misguided decision and honor Trump's campaign commitment, and I will keep fighting to make this happen".

It helps dispensaries that there are lawmakers on their side.

"At the California Department of Justice we intend to vigorously enforce our state's laws and protect our state's interests".

Some advocates and political leaders are warning the new Department of Justice guidance on marijuana prosecutions could have dire consequences for chronically ill patients for whom marijuana products provide a measure of relief.

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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".

The association suffered a separate setback December 28 when a state Supreme Court judge dismissed its lawsuit that meant to block the state Health Department from doubling the number of companies permitted to grow and distribute medical marijuana in NY. "As such, we have no information upon which we could draw a conclusions or policies related to this matter at this time". Revenue that North Bend collects from cannabis sales goes into its general fund and accounts for around $40,000 of its $28 million budget.

"The Camp David retreat is an opportunity for the President to bring together bicameral congressional leadership to discuss this year's legislative agenda", said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters.

While Hutchinson said he intends to stand behind voters decision to approve medical marijuana, he made it clear he does want Arkansas to become a recreational use state.

Under the Attorney General's new memo, we have more freedom and flexibility to make decisions that make Colorado safer by prosecuting individuals and organizations for marijuana crimes that significantly threaten our community safety.

Alex Levine, one of the owners of Green Dragon Cannabis Co., said that like much of marijuana industry, his company has kept a close eye on Sessions and what he may have planned for legal pot.

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.

"You're talking about a huge economic impact", he said.

But rescinding the Obama policy could have a chilling effect on the burgeoning marijuana legalization movement.

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