The Trump Administration Has Begun A War On America's Legal Weed

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The declaration renewed anxiety, confusion and uncertainty that has long shadowed the bright green leafy drug still forbidden under federal law but now legal in a majority of states as medicine and in a handful of those for recreational purposes.

While many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law. And we were told that states' rights would be protected and not just by the attorney general, then the nominee to be attorney general.

Instead of the previous lenient federal enforcement policy, Sessions' new stance will give federal prosecutors more leeway to decide how aggressively to enforce a longstanding federal law prohibiting it.

"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". Nor did Sessions say federal prosecutors should now go after the industry.

Gardner said in a Twitter message that the Justice Department "has trampled on the will of the voters" in Colorado and other states. Mother Jones reporter Brandon E. Patterson noted that Prop. 64 reduced penalties for several marijuana-related offenses in the state's criminal code, and that many people incarcerated for certain marijuana-related charges could be released earlier than their original date. "Given a non-perfect situation, we figured this was the best way to deal with it".

"Then what I think we're going to see is the elected officials in states that have legalized cannabis are going to come out very forcefully in defense of the industry". Among other things, prosecutors involved in the probe are trying to make sense of Russia's meddling in the election, which U.S. intelligence officials believe was meant to boost Trump and hamstring his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Jeff Sessions has long not represented Alabama to the nation in the manner many of us want to be seen. "That's not necessarily being destroyed, but it is being thrown into question". Sessions' announcement specifically rescinds the Cole Memo, and any other prior communication about marijuana.

Sessions' memo was quickly condemned by political leaders in states that have legalized recreational use.

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it was ending an Obama-era policy to tread lightly on enforcing USA marijuana laws.

Make no mistake: As we have told the Department of Justice ever since I-502 was passed in 2012, we will vigorously defend our state's law against undue federal infringement.
Voters in California approved the measure in November 2016, but the legal, commercial sale of marijuana under state law just went into effect with the new year.

As the White House continues to grapple with the bombshell allegations outlined in a new book about the Trump presidency, a report that the president sought to control the early stages of the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe is likely to cause further headaches for the administration. Investment in the marijuana industry will probably dip.

Sessions' announcement sent the shares of USA companies in the legal marijuana trade plummeting between 13 and 31 percent.

The New York Times first reported that Trump had McGahn lobby Sessions against a recusal. Now he's breaking that promise so Jeff Sessions can pursue his extremist anti-marijuana crusade.

Congressional supporters want to expand that protection to cover nonmedical sale and use of marijuana by adults, now legal in eight states, including California, along with Washington, D.C. They plan to add that proposal to a spending bill that is needed by January 19 to keep the government operating, and said Sessions may have unintentionally helped their cause. The open question is how broadly or narrowly that appropriations rider may be interpreted down the line, as it is an unsettled issue in the federal courts.

Sessions' new memo does not explicitly set forth how prosecutors should treat medical marijuana, though a senior Justice official explained that prosecutors wouldn't do anything contrary to any current federal law.



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