Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind marijuana policy


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. They hoped to avoid a patchwork of prosecution strategies, Walsh said.

The quote and wisdom of the day came from Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who called a press conference to try relay calm: "Don't freak out".

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.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, also urged calm: "I think it will be the case where the bark is going to be worse than the bite".

Q: Can congress reverse Sessions' action - and would lawmakers be inclined to do so?

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

He later told the Aurora Sentinel the announcement was an additional hurdle, particularly for the issue of banking, and "cement (s) the status quo".

A total of five businesses are licensed to cultivate, manufacture and sell marijuana products for medicinal purposes in New York, according to the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association.

The Aurora congressman said he is working with Boulder Rep. Jared Polis' office on writing a letter to the Justice Department.

The association suffered a separate setback December 28 when a state Supreme Court judge dismissed its lawsuit that meant to block the state Health Department from doubling the number of companies permitted to grow and distribute medical marijuana in NY.

Troyer said his office will continue to focus on "identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state".

However, the 2013 "Cole memo" served as a directive for how US attorneys should handle the legalization of marijuana in order for the federal government to exercise a hands-off approach to states legalization.

The U.S. attorney for Colorado took office in August 2016 after former President Barack Obama's appointee stepped down.

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The potential political fallout may be clearer: Republican Sen.

Growing Marijuana The Sessions memo includes the word "cultivation", which technically puts the plants in your basement in the same boat as LivWell's 100,000-plus-square-foot warehouse.

Lessar said, "The way I understand it the government just wants to be more involved in crimes like exporting and selling to children, which is not something I would necessarily be against, but we hear changes every day so it's still uncertain". The president had seemingly supported marijuana on the campaign trail, saying he thought it should be left up to the states.

Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska and California have legalized sales, while MA is planning to do so this year, and legalization is under debate in Maine. The only time he's ever acknowledged marijuana was in May 2017, when he note (in a statement) that a spending bill he helped pass included a provision that prevented the DOJ from prosecuting medical marijuana cases in places where it's legal. While Sessions technically gave federal prosecutors the right to go after anyone buying pot, marijuana attorney Brian Vicente doubts any government agencies would use self-admitted "finite resources" to bring charges against an average dispensary customer, especially one following Colorado state laws. "This is about public health", she said in a statement.

Colorado's senior senator, Democrat Michael Bennet, also slammed Sessions' move. That environment will not change because of a memo from the attorney general, Little said.

"Given the Department's well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately", Sessions said. Justice Department officials said they would follow the law but would not preclude the possibility of medical-marijuana related prosecutions. "People who want to be law-abiding will be more likely to enter into the regulated system", he said.

"We should all make sure it's done as safely and efficiently as possible", he said.

Some in the marijuana industry are taking a similar wait-and-see approach. "This is an industry that Oregonians have chosen - and one I will do everything within my legal authority to protect", Rosenblum said.

Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives".

"It's a massive industry, you can't just flip a switch and say, 'ok, its over, '" he said.

Sandoval is a moderate Republican and former federal judge who appointed Heller to the Senate in 2011 and talked with Sessions about marijuana policy last April.

Therefore, he said, USA attorneys should exercise "investigative and prosecutorial discretion in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and appropriations".