High or Dry? California legal pot to test supply pipeline

High or Dry? California legal pot to test supply pipeline

Sessions last week also rescinded the Ogden Memorandum of 2009, which instructed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who had complied with state laws. Supporters of legalization must have hoped that Sessions had forgotten about the whole matter (after all, his memory seemed to be hazy during a recent appearance before a congressional committee looking into another matter), but the shoe finally dropped on Thursday - not coincidentally, just days after California legalized the use of recreational pot, creating what is nearly certainly the world's largest market for marijuana.

Citing a March 2017 press session held in Richmond, Va., where Sessions stated the Cole memo "set up some policies under President Obama's Department of Justice about how cases should be selected in those states and what would be appropriate for federal prosecution, much of which I think is valid", Gardner now says the Attorney General has gone back on his word.

But that provision, which was sponsored by Republican California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and approved in 2014, expires january 19, along with legislation to fund the government.

CO state leaders fight to protect. It appeared to use this hot-button issue to divert attention from new allegations of Trump misbehavior and investigations into Russian meddling. Federal regulations still prohibit the distribution of marijuana, particularly for recreational purposes. But the memo has already created legal uncertainty in states that have partly or fully legalized marijuana, leaving users, growers and sellers to wonder whether their actions will be ignored or will land them behind bars.

The Obama administration instated a policy that decreased federal intervention in states that legalized the drug if they agreed to keep it out of the hands of minors and help battle trafficking.

States that have legalized medical marijuana have fewer deaths related to opioid abuse. The protections apply to 46 states, including Pennsylvania. Seeing as how there is only medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Teller and El Paso Counties, local businesses will be able to operate as normal. "Of course, we haven't seen what it is yet, so we'll wait and see".

For another thing, Sessions is a deep-south southerner, and as we all know, states' rights are as sacred to southerners as the Virgin Mary is to Catholic bishops.

"Previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately", Sessions told the US attorneys based in all 50 states in a letter Thursday.

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Marijuana stock investors are wagering that Jeff Sessions' bark will be bigger than his bite.

To be sure, there's nothing legally inappropriate about the new Department of Justice guidance.

In Nevada, where recreational use is legal, the business of marijuana is extremely profitable to many local areas. That number mirrored a 2016 Journal poll, which found 61 percent of New Mexicans also thought the drug should be legalized.

But activists argue that legalizing the drug would likely reduce violence, since criminals would no longer control the marijuana trade. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennett, along with every political figure in Washington, Denver, and all points in between, issued scathing criticisms of the move. Federal marijuana prosecutions of any kind have been rare in the state in the past decade.

Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana called Sessions' decision a "victory".

Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Sen.

"If this is in any way accompanied by a changing of the guard through the appointment of very conservative, anti-marijuana candidates, that's a red flag", he said. More than 8,000 Minnesotans receive medical cannabis. "If we can stay focused, maybe the silver lining is, Congress remembers how important this amendment is and that we need Congress to come up with a permanent solution", Sherer said.

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