States Won't Back Down From Sessions On Marijuana

Adult-use cannabis became legal in July in Nevada, where the federal prosecutor's office is now in transition. The feds would come in, and they would say no more beer.

The State of OR has had a lot of trouble recently with overproduction of cannabis leading to illegal exportation to other states. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump's top priority was enforcing federal law "whether it's marijuana or immigration".

And Colorado's USA 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".

While many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law.

"Attorney General Sessions has made a decision to use the power of the federal government to attack the ability of states to decide their own laws".

Sweet Relief in Astoria is one of several businesses on the North Coast that sell medicinal and recreational marijuana.

There has been a surge in legalization of marijuana at the state level in recent years.

Yet officials suggested to reporters Thursday that businesses and growers in legalized states have gotten too comfortable and that the primacy of state law means very little in Washington. MA and ME are on track to do so this year.

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Mr. Sessions' memo already drew the ire of representatives of states where Marijuana is legal.

Sessions said in a statement that the Obama-era policy "undermines the rule of law" and told federal prosecutors in his memo to "follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions" in deciding which marijuana-related activities to prosecute. "The biggest growth phase was during the (George W.) Bush administration, when we were facing SWAT team raids, and prosecutions on a almost weekly basis in California".

"Knowing Attorney General Sessions' deference to states' rights, I strongly encourage the DOJ to meet with Governor Sandoval and Attorney General Laxalt to discuss the implications of changes to federal marijuana enforcement policy".

FILE PHOTO: Customers shop for "Green Friday" deals at the Grass Station marijuana shop on Black Friday in Denver, Colorado, U.S., November 28, 2014. In his memo to prosecutors, he said they should file charges in marijuana cases based on "the seriousness of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes in the community" - appearing to leave the door open to charging individual users as well as suppliers. "I want the Trump administration to stand by its promises". "There is a belief that that is inconsistent with what federal law says", a senior Department of Justice official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Politico.

The weed business has bloomed into a multi-million dollar industry.

The marijuana landscape has shifted dramatically since those memos, the latest of which was authored in 2013.

Marijuana startup companies said they were now bracing for a deceleration in funding. "California voters made a decision to legalize adult use of cannabis in 2016". Since then, the industry has amassed almost $1.3 billion in equity funding for marijuana startups, with more than $600 million in 2017 alone, according to research firm CB Insights.

Patrick McCarthy, spokesman for the NY cannabis association, sidestepped a question on how revocation of the Obama-era memos would affect medical marijuana providers, practitioners and patients.


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