Sessions' usurpation of state marijuana laws is the type of federal intrusion into state issues usually opposed by conservatives.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ramping up federal enforcement of marijuana laws.
Some local medical marijuana dispensaries stopped accepting debit cards after a policy change made at the federal level last week.
Jason Crow, a Democratic-primary candidate in Coffman's 6 Congressional District, issued a statement urging Coffman to take his words a step further by introducing legislation to prevent Sessions from rescinding the enforcement policy.
At the very least, Congress should protect the rights of states that legalize marijuana for medical or recreational uses. Pot is legal, in some form or under some circumstances, in another 22 states.
Over the past two decades, public opinion has swung dramatically toward decriminalizing pot. In October, a Gallup poll reported that 64 percent of Americans, including 51 percent of Republicans, now favor legalizing marijuana. He said he would hate to lose that ability to federal politics. "Politically, none of the old analysis is holding true".
"I don't think any business would ever want to open its door and have fears on the first day that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is going to be standing on their doorsteps", Jim Borghesani, a MA spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Associated Press. This focus was necessary in part, according to the Cole Memo, because DOJ must use its "limited investigative and prosecutorial resources to address the most significant threats in the most effective, consistent, and rational way".
Just ask the many parents whose children suffer from debilitating, chronic seizures - in some cases multiple times a day - a condition that is effectively treated with marijuana derivatives.
Legalization has already had a profound impact on the economies of several states.
"Will it really hurt us among young voters?" You pass laws, we enforce them. "It undermines confidence in government itself".
The marijuana industry that was expected to generate roughly $40 billion in economic impact nationwide by 2021 is at a crossroads given a move on January 4, 2018, by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to eliminate certain protections created for the industry by the Obama Administration.
"I reiterated my concern that states' rights were being infringed on through this action and we agreed to continue talks".
OR has long had a tolerant attitude toward marijuana; it decriminalized possession of less than 1 ounce all the way back in 1973. "We're not freaking out".
A former assistant U.S. attorney who handled complex fraud cases, the Trump administration appointed him as the U.S. attorney for MA in 2017, and he received U.S. Senate confirmation December 15, according to MassLive.com. In announcing the decision to rescind the memo, the DOJ painted it as adding a tool to the belt of prosecutors "to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis and thwart violent crime across our country". "We were told that by then-candidate Donald Trump", he said during his speech Thursday.
The recreational marijuana market that will be overseen by the Cannabis Control Commission "is going to be a regulated market and it's on them to make sure that's it's a safe regulated market and those products stay away from kids", Baker said. "The real ramifications of this will be in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use". "And you'll see cocaine and heroin increase more than it would have, I think". "That would be his top priority". Under current law, possession of marijuana is still a federal crime and the federal government can choose to enforce its law however it chooses.