Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Jeff Sessions's Endless War on Marijuana

Jeff Sessions's Endless War on Marijuana

If a state says it's legal to use, grow, and sell marijuana both recreationally and medicinally, what right does the federal government have to disagree? Despite the uncertainty, there is a spirit of optimism that the status quo won't change as much, and that the move was created to reflect posturing on the part of the Sessions-led Justice Department. Prop. 64 prohibits public consumption of marijuana, which would include sporting events, though businesses can get a license for on-site consumption, she said.

"States administering medical marijuana dispensaries pursuant to state law should be left alone by the U.S. Attorney General's office", Costello said.

US and Canadian cannabis stocks briefly tumbled after the U.S.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was opposed by cannabis legalization supporters for good reason as he's had a long history of supporting Reefer Madness policies.

"If they crack down on medical or recreational programs, it's going to hurt access".

But what effect will this legislative change have? "Where there is a conflict between state and federal law, federal law prevails", he wrote.

Frosh said the prior policy from the Obama administration - known as the Cole memo, for its author, then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole - reflected common sense.

In the past decade medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

"By continuing to pour billions of dollars down the drain with our archaic marijuana policies, we stifle our economy, society, and criminal justice system and leave the people of Hawai'i and millions more devastated - all for a substance that is far less unsafe and harmful than alcohol". "The federal government still has laws against it".

State lawmakers have been concerned about Sessions' approach to marijuana from the moment he was appointed by President Donald Trump. Asked about the president's position Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he supports enforcing federal law. Cole in his memo had strictly addressed all the attorneys that the federal prosecutors should be exercising discretion so as not to enforce any bans on the Cannabis in states, which have legalized the marijuana use if the verdict is that it is adequate to end the drug, and gang related violence.

"You can still be drug tested, and you could still be fired by your employer", she said.

Hill said he's hoping that the U.S. Department of Justice will come out with some protections for medical marijuana providers.

"Patients have waited long enough for these important medications, in many cases suffering with chronic pain and debilitating illnesses", said Van Wingerden, who plans to open SunMed Growers in Cecil County later this year. It put marijuana in "Schedule 1", the most restrictive category, along with heroin and LSD, drugs that the federal government deemed as having no valid medical uses and a high potential for abuse. California led the way in 1996, when voters approved marijuana for medical use.

ICE Director Thomas Homan said the state was going to see "a lot more" customs and border patrol officers. Harris has been a longtime opponent of legalizing marijuana and fought the legalization of the drug in Washington. Cory Booker has also introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

California's chief law enforcement officer says the state would take legal action if needed to protect the will of the voters following passage of a 2016 ballot measure legalizing marijuana.

Recreational use is now legal in eight states, as well as the District of Columbia. "This decision reinforces our outdated and destructive policies on marijuana that turn everyday Americans into criminals, tear families apart, and waste billions of taxpayer dollars to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate people for nonviolent marijuana charges". He has referred to marijuana as a "dangerous drug" on more than one occasion.

Gov Jay Inslee condemned the move and says he will defend the Washington law.

Although his own investigative panel recommended decriminalizing marijuana, Nixon's aides later cited his animus toward hippies and black political activists as leading him to reject that move.

Attorney General Sessions is also receiving pushback from Republicans all over the country. "This is a victory".

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