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States Won't Back Down From Sessions On Marijuana

States Won't Back Down From Sessions On Marijuana

The Obama policy it replaces is contained in a series of memos authored by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole, who set priorities for federal involvement to cases involving distribution to minors, revenue going to criminal gangs, using state law as a cover to traffic marijuana to states without comparable laws, and prevention of "drugged driving". "I can't sit here and say whether or not it will or won't lead to more marijuana prosecutions", one anonymous official said. "After all, this is 2018 not the 20th century", California state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said. Federal agencies have "not historically devoted resources to prosecuting individuals whose conduct is limited to possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property".

The State of OR has had a lot of trouble recently with overproduction of cannabis leading to illegal exportation to other states.

In some states, recreational marijuana use has been legal for five years, and those states are vowing to fight this new memo.

Freedman, who formerly worked as Gov. John Hickenlooper's director of marijuana coordination, said the uncertainty will make law-abiding people less likely to get involved in the market and make it harder for banks and insurance companies to justify the risk of working with marijuana businesses.

According to Brown Oregon's marijuana industry has created over 19,000 jobs since it was legalized in 2015.

"I think we'll have a strong argument should the federal government try to change the rules", Cynthia Coffman said. "If something does happen to occur because of this we'll just have to roll with it", owner of the Coos Bay cannabis dispensary Way High 101 Aaron McKinley said.

The governor said he expects to meet with the new top prosecutor in Nevada after she arrives.

"Kate Brown is on our side and that's good to know", McKinley said. Colorado has a new statewide plant-count limit (the cap of twelve applies to everyone including medical patients, unless they receive a plant-count extension from the state), but it falls to local and state law enforcement officials to enforce that. The city of Coos Bay uses money gathered from pot sales to contribute to law enforcement programs like the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team, which provides drug education and enforcement to neighborhoods in Coos, Curry and parts of Western Douglas Counties.

But at Green Dragon, Levine said the move won't cause any changes and they won't slow growth plans or scale back any operations. "As such, we have no information upon which we could draw a conclusions or policies related to this matter at this time".

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.

Q: Will this make it harder for businesses that sell marijuana?

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

"Opening the door to go after legal marijuana businesses ignores the will of the majority of Americans and marks yet another socially unjust and economically backward scheme from this administration", Wyden said.

The Obama-era policy of going easy on marijuana just went up in smoke, but it remains to be seen whether the new directive of Attorney General Jeff Sessions will have any impact on New York's nascent medical marijuana industry.


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