Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Congress: Seize the moment and legalize marijuana

A bag of marijuana being prepared for sale sits next to a money jar at Botana Care in Northglenn Colorado U.S. Dec. 31 2013 A bag of marijuana being prepared for sale sits next to a money jar at Botana Care in Northglenn Colorado U.S. Dec. 31 2013
Kenny Thornton | 12 January, 2018, 22:14

The Department of Justice characterized the memo as a "return to the rule of law". Sessions has been outspoken about his views against marijuana and his opinions that drug enforcement should be increased across the board.

"That underpinning is gone", he said, referring to a memorandum written by an assistant attorney general in the Obama administration urging prosecutors not to prosecute marijuana growers, sellers and users.

However, Troyer landed his job when the previous Obama appointed US attorney stepped down.

Bennet concluded by writing that the 2018 Guidance is inconsistent with President Trump's assessment that marijuana regulation be left to the states and offering to meet with Attorney General Sessions in person to discuss the matter further. "He will be hurting the grandfather with Alzheimer's, the soccer mom with breast cancer, the college student with Crohn's disease, the young child with seizures - these are the people that will be impacted by this action by the attorney general".

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

"The decision to rescind the Cole and Wilkinson memos undermines Nevada's $622 million dollar industry, threatens almost $1 billion in new investments, and jeopardizes thousands of new jobs and more than $60 million dollars in tax revenue for the State". But it is high time that we move away from the "nanny state" mentality: the government is ultimately not responsible for your diet, exercise, drinking, or lifestyle.

Regardless of inferior state policy, all marijuana usage is illegal under federal law.

Morse said he believes the same federal provision that bars prosecution of medicinal marijuana operators also protects the recreational side to some extent, because "it is hard to distinguish one from the other". Every lawmaker, including those in West Virginia, illegally attempted to override federal law.

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Walsh, the former US attorney for Colorado, said sitting and incoming top federal prosecutors in pot-friendly states should rely on their staffs, who have years of experience investigating cases, to put marijuana in context with other priorities. It's called House Resolution 1227: the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act.

Bryan Hill, owner of the Charm City Medicus dispensary in Dundalk, said he hopes to start selling medical cannabis next week, even as he figures out what the new directive from Sessions means for his business. Colorado Republican Senator Corey Gardner basically called Sessions a liar on the Senate floor and is threatening to stall all Justice Department nominees.

If marijuana is grown from scratch in a state where it's legal and targeted for sale and use only in that state - I'm not seeing how the Feds can claim jurisdiction.

There are some exceptions to this new law for certain medical marijuana patients.

Major benefits of the recreational marijuana industry are that it has become a multimillion-dollar industry that does help fund government programs in the states where it is legal. When a state legalizes marijuana, of course most suppliers are small businesses.

Marijuana advocates are trying to get Rohrabacher-Farr included in the next spending bill passed by Congress.

In 2014, Obama signed into law a congressional amendment that said the DOJ could not use money allocated by Congress to prevent states that have legalized medical marijuana from implementing laws that permit its use, distribution and possession.

Still, the politician said he does not believe Sessions will be successful in his bid to crack down on marijuana use. She sees Sessions' misguided decision as bad for public health and bad for patients. Harris has been a longtime opponent of legalizing marijuana and fought the legalization of the drug in Washington.

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