What the Sessions Memo Means for Hemp, Medical Marijuana and You

What the Sessions Memo Means for Hemp, Medical Marijuana and You

That memo guided US attorneys that "the federal government has traditionally relied on state and local law enforcement agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws".

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican, who faces a tough party primary this year, said Gov. Brian Sandoval and state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, both Republicans, should meet with federal officials about the policy change. As long as Congress doesn't revise the law in accordance with the wishes of voters in at least 29 USA states, the Attorney General office is tasked precisely with applying it as is. In May, the state Employment Department estimated more than 3,500 people employed in marijuana-related businesses, with wages nearing $23 million. They said it trampled on the rights of voters in those states and created uncertainty about how strictly federal drugs laws will be enforced. If Cory Gardner and Nancy Pelosi want the federal government to leave most of this field to the states, their proper course is not to make life hard for the Justice Department until it agrees to stop enforcing the laws Congress has enacted.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has strong words for the Trump administration: "We will not be bullied by an administration that seems obsessed with dismantling things that are actually working", reports CBS.

While Hutchinson said he intends to stand behind voters decision to approve medical marijuana, he made it clear he does want Arkansas to become a recreational use state. Sessions said he was "astonished" to hear this evidence.

And Colorado's US attorney, Bob Troyer, who was appointed to his office by Sessions in November, said Thursday that the attorney general's directive would not change his policy to prosecute only marijuana operations that "create the greatest safety threats to our communities". "I also urge the DOJ to work with the congressional delegations from states like Nevada that have legalized marijuana as they review and navigate the new policy". It would be a little like if we reversed the prohibition of alcohol right now.

The latest numbers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show 44 percent of Americans over the age of 12 have used marijuana at least once in their lifetime.

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Johnson and her family are living in a motel while their friends and neighbors help them recover from the blaze. Senate candidate Roy Moore's wife has identified the "Jewish" attorney she referred to at a campaign rally.

Sessions did not order a new crackdown on pot sales and use, but told federal prosecutors they could act as they see fit in their districts, leaving the course of implementation unclear.

That leaves some ambiguity as to what happens next, particularly in states that have legalized recreational marijuana, such as Colorado.

"Marijuana continues to be against federal law", said one Justice Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. She did not elaborate. Thursday's announcement is a major decision for an attorney general who has regularly decried marijuana use as unsafe.

"If they close down regulated access to cannabis, all they are doing is opening it up to the cartels and the black market", he said.

"Where necessary to make a regulation of interstate commerce effective", he reasoned, "Congress may regulate even those intrastate activities that do not themselves substantially affect interstate commerce". A federal law blocks the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states where it is allowed.

Retail pot dispensaries might be the symbols of legal marijuana, but they're hardly the only potential targets in Sessions's war on the plant. Liberals and conservatives alike hold their policy commitments more deeply than any federalist principles, and they invoke those principles as weapons of convenience in their fights over policy.

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