Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot

Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot”

"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 and the ability of our local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission", Sessions said in a statement.

Grant Osborn replaces a jar of marijuana to the display case at Sweet Relief in Astoria.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, whose home state of Alaska has legalized recreational marijuana, also weighed in with a statement, saying Sessions' announcement-which she had repeatedly warned him against making-was "disruptive to state regimes and regrettable".

Whatever Elieson's feelings on the issue, marijuana business owners don't believe they're in immediate jeopardy.

Announcing a "return to the rule of law", Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded five key memos issued by the administration of president Barack Obama that discouraged enforcement of federal laws, which still classify marijuana as a risky narcotic like heroin. Under the Attorney General's new memo, we have more freedom and flexibility to make decisions that make Colorado safer by prosecuting individuals and organizations for marijuana crimes that significantly threaten our community safety.

Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers.

But the emerging pot industry is rooted in shaky legal ground, complicating regulatory, financial and advertising issues. So far, marijuana is considered a drug as risky as heroine under US Federal Law. "I feel that this is just part of this industry, and I feel hopeful that logic will prevail".

4 issued a memo to all US attorneys suggesting that they resume enforcement of federal law that defines cannabis as a unsafe drug and cannabis activity as serious crime.

However, it's not clear that the announcement will lead to drastic changes in the way that federal officials in OR handle pot.

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.

"The memo set out harms we saw associated with marijuana" but essentially said that otherwise "let's let the states deal with this", Cole told CNN.

Buying Marijuana Nothing about the Sessions memo changed how a dispensary operates, and it didn't force any state-legalized marijuana industries to shut down. The analysis concluded that supply vastly outstrips demand, and that OR supplies much of the black market marijuana around the U.S.

As with purchasing and possessing, the federal government could come after you even if you follow Colorado growing rules to the letter of the law - but also as with purchasing and possession, that would be viewed as a waste of resources.

"What I think may happen is people who otherwise kept their heads down are going to have to stand up and speak out", charged Murphy.

"The likely impact of (Sessions' action) is that it will inspire advocates and businesses and state governments like California to provide more protection for legal cannabis businesses".

OR collected more than $108 million in taxes from marijuana sales between January 2016 and August.

Among companies that have invested in the industry, Scotts Miracle-Gro, a gardening product manufacturer, has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to acquire companies that sell soil, lighting, fertilizer and other products to marijuana growers.

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