Repeal of marijuana policy to have impact on Nevada communities

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Part of their argument was that running elections is the business of the states, not the federal government.

"The decision to rescind the Cole and Wilkinson memos undermines Nevada's $622 million dollar industry, threatens almost $1 billion in new investments, and jeopardizes thousands of new jobs and more than $60 million dollars in tax revenue for the State".

Although California governor Jerry Brown has talked about starting a state-chartered bank to serve the marijuana industry, at the moment sellers are limited to all-cash transactions.

The author of the Obama administration's policy, James Cole, told the AP it was meant to put states on notice that they had to regulate the industry and the federal government would still prosecute cases that threatened public safety.

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law", Sessions said in a statement.

If marijuana is grown from scratch in a state where it's legal and targeted for sale and use only in that state - I'm not seeing how the Feds can claim jurisdiction.

"Tourism has been a part of every cannabis industry, whether it's Colorado or Washington or OR, in a substantial way", Gordon said, adding that his clients have reported that as many as 30% to 40% of their cannabis customers are tourists.

They argue that Sessions is trampling on the rights of states that have chose to legalize pot for medical or recreational use, or both. "The federal government still has laws against it". While Gardner himself opposed legalization of recreational marijuana in his home state, his understanding of the principles of states' rights and federalism prompted him to take the administration to task for the change of course.

Maryland has licensed dozens of medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensaries. In November, Sessions named him the interim USA attorney. They cite the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says states have all powers that the constitution does not delegate to the U.S. government or deny them.

"You don't want to get into a situation where you ring the bell and then someone feels that they've been discriminated against because you know what their condition is", she said.

There are some exceptions to this new law for certain medical marijuana patients.

Could any legal issues arise by asking employees if they're using marijuana for medical purposes?

"The cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana has always been and remains a violation of federal law for all purposes", she later said in a statement.

The Controlled Substances Act was a bipartisan bill, supported by both Republicans and Democrats, and passed both Democratic-controlled chambers of Congress and signed into law by Republican President Richard Nixon in 1971.

Moen noted Sessions' action doesn't change federal law, which includes a congressional provision barring authorities from spending federal money to prosecute medical marijuana operations that abide by state laws.

Indeed, the sudden move by Sessions appears to have caught many key Republican politicians off guard, but ready to strike back.

Long lines greeted the opening of legal marijuana retail stores in Southern California.

Last Thursday, Trump's Justice Department - headed by AG Jeff Sessions - overturned a 2013 Obama era policy concerning marijuana. For that reason, he said, California has even more potential than other states where marijuana is now legal to become a favorite pot-tourism destination.

Marijuana advocates argue that legalizing the drug eliminates the need for a black market and likely will reduce violence, since criminals would no longer control the marijuana trade.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he and his office is prepared to fight to defend his state's laws although there is no specific enforcement from the Department of Justice to fight just yet.

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