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Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind marijuana policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind marijuana policy

That changed Thursday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked an Obama-era policy that was deferential to states' permissive marijuana laws.

"I'm not anxious. Everything we do here follows state laws, and everything is up to code".

Other state officials expressed disappointment.

"The (Sessions) memo will mobilize us, mobilize the people around the country" who support legalization, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Costa Mesa (Orange County) Republican who has sponsored the budget amendments, said in a conference call by the House Cannabis Caucus.

The move by Sessions has generated outrage among advocates for legal marijuana as well as some conservatives who believe the federal government shouldn't overrule the wishes of state government on issues like this. "I can't sit here and say whether it will or will not lead to more marijuana prosecutions", the official continued.

The appointment of interim U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson was announced Wednesday.

Even as a series of states legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the possession, use or sale of the drug remained a federal crime. They also declined to specify what message the attorney general is sending to the pot industry, which is expanding in states with their own more lenient laws.

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

"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. Before Sessions' announcement, experts predicted the US market might reach $50 billion by 2026.

The federal government made a statement against the marijuana industry Thursday.

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. He later became a career state and federal prosecutor who has spoken favorably of a previous federal marijuana crackdown. "What he has done is effectively given discretion to the U.S. Attorneys on which cases to prosecute".




"I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the attorney general lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation", Gardner wrote on Twitter.

Q: How will this affect states that have legalized recreational marijuana? Jones has been working to get more insurers into the market for insuring marijuana related businesses. Right now 12 are poised to consider new laws in 2018.

"What Jeff Sessions wants to do is roll back all of that". On the campaign trail, Trump often said he thought medical marijuana wasn't that bad and the issue should be left up to the states and voters.

"No matter what the (Trump) administration does, states will continue to hand out licenses to a long line of businesses clamoring for them", Dayton said.

The move raised questions about how it might impact tax revenues in states that permit some form of legal marijuana use.

Since 2014, federal lawmakers have attached language to spending legislation that explicitly bars the Justice Department from spending resources to enforce cases in states where medicinal marijuana is legal.

Jones said Session's decision is contrary to good law enforcement practice for the federal Department of Justice to waste time and resources going after legitimate cannabis businesses and consumers in California. Congress would have to change the law for states to be entirely free of federal intervention.

"I couldn't immunize people through the policy, but it did give them a level of comfort that was enough for them to say, if I behave, we're basically going to be OK", Cole said.

"This needs to be a state choice". And there are 20 dispensaries in the state, the association said. "I had support from members from Kansas, from Utah... not because they were marijuana people but they were 10th Amendment people".

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos is executive editor of The American Conservative.

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