Federal crackdown on marijuana outraging advocates for drug

Gov. Hickenlooper says Sessions told him they wouldn't go after marijuana

Sessions called the shift a return to the rule of law.

"Parents should be able to give their sick kids the medicine they need without having to fear that they will be prosecuted". Our focus will continue to be the public health and public safety of our citizens. "With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states", Gardner tweeted. But that funding bill expires on January 19.

If agreement is not reached on the overall bill by that date, the government will shut down. He holds a leadership position in the caucus as chief of the Senate GOP campaign arm.

Under the state's medical marijuana law enacted in 2014, NY has 1,384 medical practitioners and 40,286 certified patients.

The cannabis industry recognized that, with the change in administration, its future was at risk.

"This announcement is obviously an attempt to throw everything up in the air and frustrate the will of voters of this state and several others", said Holcomb.

Indica-strain marijuana buds from Salem-based grower Dog House at Herbal Remedies, a Salem dispensary on Commercial Street, on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

Of course, there is the fact that marijuana remains not only illegal under federal law, but is still a Schedule 1 drug, like heroin.

Yesterday, the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that govern all federal prosecution decisions.

Rohrabacher said a better, more permanent solution is a bill he submitted past year that amends the Controlled Substances Act so it doesn't apply to people who produce, possess or deliver marijuana in compliance with state marijuana laws.




Beth Collins moved there so her daughter could legally use medical cannabis to treat her epileptic seizures.

The marijuana landscape has shifted dramatically since those memos, the latest of which was authored in 2013.

Sessions' announcement came as full legalization went into effect in California, by far the largest state to have fully legalized trade in and/or recreational personal use of the botanical. Legalization has given a shot in the arm to the industry, attracting investors looking to cash in on the green-rush scramble.

Thursday's announcement was met by strong bipartisan criticism across the country, from attorneys general and governors to members of Congress anxious about the impact on jobs and states' rights.

Patrick McCarthy, spokesman for the NY cannabis association, sidestepped a question on how revocation of the Obama-era memos would affect medical marijuana providers, practitioners and patients.

Arcview Market Research said this week that the marijuana industry will more than double to $40 billion by 2021 from $16 billion past year, MarketWatch reported.

That's not clear. A federal law blocks the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states where it is allowed. Restrictions imposed by lawmakers in 2011 were blocked by the state Supreme Court and later eased.

The four companies who brought the lawsuit are contemplating next steps, McCarthy said. Sessions' action could have a negative economic impact and stymie the growth of hemp as an agricultural product.

"This extremely misguided action will enable a federal crackdown on states' rights with regard to marijuana policy", said Matthew Schweich, interim head of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had just declared a new front in the war on drugs - not on the national-emergency opioid front, as you might have guessed, but on the pot front, which much of America, including most of Colorado, thought was settled territory.

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