January 20, 2018

Fate Of Mass. Recreational Marijuana Sales Unclear After Federal Decision

13 January 2018, 11:23 | Christie Tate

San Diego US Attorney Backs Sessions' Pot Enforcement Policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants criminal charges filed in states where the sale and use of marijuana is legal

US President Donald Trump's top law enforcement official plans to end an Obama-era policy that shielded legal marijuana from federal prosecution.

Alaska U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said his office will continue to follow long-established principles in deciding which cases to charge, including following federal law enforcement priorities. Sears says he's disappointed in the change of policy made by the Trump Administration. "And I don't think the voters are going to be swayed by Attorney General Sessions' perspective on this".

Under Pennsylvania law, patients with certain illnesses may legally access medical marijuana as part of their treatment regimen.

"This office will pursue federal marijuana crimes as part of its overall approach to reducing violent crime, stemming the tide of the drug crisis, and dismantling criminal gangs, and in particular the threat posed by bulk trafficking of marijuana, which has had a devastating impact on local communities", Lelling said in a statement. Thursday's announcement is a major decision that could have ramifications for every state.

He also points out that states that have legalized cannabis have benefited through increased tax revenue from sales. In response to Sessions, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have already come out in support of protecting the right of states to implement their own cannabis related laws. At least one Senator, Republican Cory Gardner of Colorado, threatened to hold up judicial nominations until the decision was reversed. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states. "California should and will litigate to defend its right to legalize and regulate cannabis", Mr. Jones said in his statement.

The new uncertainty about how prosecutors will deal with this will only make it harder.

FIFA U-17 WC: President Wishes Black Starlets Well
The country's under-17 teams had enjoyed its best period during the 1990s, lifting the trophy in 1991 (Italy) and 1995 (Ecuador). This is just the start of the process. "I had told the team not to carry any baggage and not to play under any pressure".

Barron says when learning the federal government wants to step up enforcement on medical marijuana, it left him with questions like what's next. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment prevents the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana businesses and patients that operate in compliance with state law.

Vermont is poised to become the first state in the country to legalize marijuana through the legislative process. The protections apply to 46 states, including Pennsylvania.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2017 that about 9 percent of the state's 12- to 17-year-olds used marijuana monthly, the lowest rate since about a decade ago.

He tweeted that this "contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation".

The attorney general raised some legitimate concerns, such as sale of marijuana across state lines into states where recreational marijuana is not legal. In Colorado, marijuana is big business. Several Democratic candidates for governor have called for legalizing marijuana for recreational use but Gov. Bruce Rauner has not.

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