States That Have Legalized Marijuana: Jeff Sessions Can Go to Hell


They said drug traffickers have taken advantage of state laws to grow marijuana.

A bombshell New York Times report revealed on Thursday that President Donald tried to get his lawyers to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions from recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation so he could have his protection from the probe.

Sessions' new stance will let federal prosecutors decide how aggressively to enforce federal law prohibiting it, giving added uncertainty to an industry long used to it.

Even with the policy posturing, Gormally and Fanburg agree that Sessions' memo won't force New Jersey to change course to legalization.

Now, some say Sessions's rollback enables law enforcement to racially profile people of color.

Murphy has been working on getting a federal medical marijuana bill passed since 2000.

More significantly, this move by the administration runs contrary to the wishes of the overwhelming majority of US voters, including majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents - who support the regulation of adult cannabis use and also strongly believe that decisions about marijuana policy ought to be a state issue, not a federal one. A US attorney in Colorado said he would not change his approach toward marijuana prosecutions, while a USA attorney in MA said he would pursue federal marijuana criminal cases.

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Just a day ago, Alabamians (well, at least most of us) were breathing a sigh of relief as Doug Jones was sworn in as the state's junior U.S. Senator. She just wants the federal government to refrain, selectively, from enforcing those laws.

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"My guess", Bardaro said, "is the industry will be in a bit of a holding pattern until they observe any meaningful change from this news". Prosecutors there have always focused on marijuana crimes that "create the greatest safety threats" and will continue to be guided by that, he said. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, have passed laws that allow the use, possession, and sale of both medical and recreational cannabis, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Basically, they were like "hey, we're chill as long as you take steps to make sure weed doesn't get trafficked to states where it's still illegal, and you make sure kids don't get their hands on it". How heavily the federal government has to be involved to stop interstate commerce in marijuana is a practical legislative judgment about which the courts have no special expertise or authority. On Monday, the first day of the new year, California, the most populous state in the nation, began allowing legal marijuana sales. Congress, as part of its spending power, has restricted how the Justice Department can use federal funds to bring cases - involve medical marijuana. "I can't sit here and say whether it will or will not lead to more marijuana prosecutions", the official continued.

Kevin Sabet of Smart Approaches to Marijuana called Sessions' decision a "victory". However, many suggested that a large-scale crackdown was unlikely given the industry's size.

"Given the massive revenue opportunity (for the businesses and for taxes), the general public support of the marijuana industry, and the risk-reward mentality of those in this industry already, I think marijuana businesses will hold steady in terms of jobs and wages, but after these next few weeks, we will once again see flourishing job opportunities and wages".

David Kopel, an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the University of Denver and research director of the Independence Institute, said Sessions' announcement is sending a shock wave across Colorado, which not only changed its laws, but amended its state constitution to legalize pot.

At Harborside in Oakland, one of California's largest shops, founder and CEO Steve DeAngelo said it was business as usual and he wanted to assure customers not to fear shopping there.