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Sessions' stand on marijuana worries House

12 January 2018, 08:21 | Opal Carroll

Let the states make decisions on marijuana

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"It throws all of the state laws into chaos", said Frosh, a Democrat.

According to the Washington State Liquor and Control Board, Washington growers sold almost $70 million worth of marijuana in a 12-month period resulting in $314.8 million in revenue after the 37 percent sales tax.

The author of the Obama administration's policy, James Cole, told the AP it was meant to put states on notice that they had to regulate the industry and the federal government would still prosecute cases that threatened public safety.

Without the Cole Memo, U.S. attorneys in respective states could decide how strongly they wanted to federal law enforcement to crack down on marijuana based companies like dispensaries and growers.

"By continuing to pour billions of dollars down the drain with our archaic marijuana policies, we stifle our economy, society, and criminal justice system and leave the people of Hawai'i and millions more devastated - all for a substance that is far less unsafe and harmful than alcohol".

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Cory Gardner - a Republican from Colorado, a swing state where adult-use cannabis is also legal - told reporters he intends to block all Justice Department nominations in response to the Trump administration's sudden change in marijuana policy.

The federal government did not regulate marijuana until Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937 at the urging of Harry J. Anslinger, who became the first commissioner of the new Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930.

In November, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking Trump's executive order that had directed the government to make sanctuary cities ineligible for federal grants.

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"Nevadans made it clear at the ballot box in 2016 that they support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes, and their decision should stand", said Rosen. In a one-page memo titled "Marijuana Enforcement", the DOJ announced what it called "a return to the rule of law and the rescission of previous guideline documents" referring to the Obama-era position on marijuana.

She said she thinks Sessions' announcement will backfire on him.

The U.S. Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana.

"You don't want to get into a situation where you ring the bell and then someone feels that they've been discriminated against because you know what their condition is", she said.

Medical marijuana plants in Cottage Grove, Minn., in 2015. Many Americans have used medical marijuana for conditions such as cancer and glaucoma. It is not law, but serves as a directive against using federal resources to pursue action against state cannabis legalization efforts. He's joined by Sean Kiernan, an army vet who uses medical marijuana to treat PTSD. Even after the administration clarified that it was asking only for information that states considered public, more than a dozen still refused to comply, including several Republican-leaning states. Harris has been a longtime opponent of legalizing marijuana and fought the legalization of the drug in Washington. The punitive enforcement of marijuana laws systematically disadvantages and actively discriminates against low-income people of color, with crippling implications that can follow people for life.

"Despite backwards moves by the Trump Administration, I will continue to protect cancer patients, kids with epilepsy, veterans with PTSD and all Pennsylvanians seeking relief from legal medical marijuana", Wolf said.

Part of the reason that pot tourism isn't likely to take off quickly in any of the places where recreational marijuana is now legal - Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. - is because of some of the complications surrounding where and how people can consume it. Formerly an assistant commissioner of Treasury's Bureau of Prohibition, Anslinger turned to crusading against drugs, particularly marijuana.

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