What Does Sessions Move on Marijuana Mean for Medical Cannabis?

What Does Sessions Move on Marijuana Mean for Medical Cannabis?

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States", Sessions said in a statement, which said the Obama-era policy that directed federal prosecutors not to target state marijuana businesses "undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission". Lindemuth said her office has a duty to uphold and implement state law.

Owning a Marijuana Business In the wake of the Sessions memo, most of the media attention has focused on owners and players in the marijuana business, and for good reason: They actually have something to worry about.

Still, some were surprised by the move, which introduces extreme uncertainty into a flourishing market of growers, sellers, and buyers of marijuana.

USA attorneys might continue to decide not to take up marijuana cases that don't fall under the Obama-era rules. While Sessions technically gave federal prosecutors the right to go after anyone buying pot, marijuana attorney Brian Vicente doubts any government agencies would use self-admitted "finite resources" to bring charges against an average dispensary customer, especially one following Colorado state laws.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US Justice Department on Thursday (Friday in Manila) reversed official policy that had tolerated the growing state-based movement to legalize marijuana sales, just three days after California formally permitted recreational use of the drug. That approach is consistent with Sessions' guidance, he said.

"I'm not anxious. Everything we do here follows state laws, and everything is up to code".

"What Jeff Sessions said is he didn't think it was on Trump's agenda to do this, he didn't think President Trump had the bandwidth to do this, and he had no plans to repeal the Cole memorandum", Gardner said in an interview.

"In rescinding the Cole memo, the Attorney General failed to listen to Colorado, and will create unnecessary chaos and confusion", he said on Twitter.

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"It's going to hurt a lot of people if it does slow down, there are just too many people benefiting financially and with their health", said Steve Williams, a marijuana advocate for DFW NORML.

Q: Will this affect medical marijuana?

According to Brown Oregon's marijuana industry has created over 19,000 jobs since it was legalized in 2015.

Prosecutors in Western states wanted guidance from the Justice Department when the likelihood of state marijuana legalization became clear in 2010 and 2011.

The change, he said, removes "clarity and consistency" for an industry that depended on it. The goal, he said, was to encourage a tightly regulated industry letting legitimate businesses operate but keeping cartels and gangs out. "Without that support, it's hard to see how the industry keeps growing", Sabet said.

While most local politicians met Sessions' move with swift condemnation, some marijuana critics are cheering it.

Former Republican Maryland state delegate Don Murphy, who now works in conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the AG's move, presumably sanctioned by Trump, is odd considering the populist wave in favor of decriminalizing marijuana across the country-not only in blue states, but places like Arkansas, the first Bible Belt state to legalize medical marijuana, and with 53 percent of the vote.

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