US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department was rescinding an Obama-era policy that eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws amid a wave of legalization in states from Alaska to Pennsylvania.
"For years, red, blue and purple states have worked steadfastly to bring the cannabis industry out of the shadows so that it can be properly regulated to prevent sales to minors, to protect the public's health and safety, and ensure cannabis businesses behave as legitimate, tax-paying members of our economy". Meeting that requirement could be slow-going, particularly in Oakland County where Orion Township is the only municipality so far to adopt an ordinance authorizing medical marijuana operations, according to Cannabis Legal Group, a Royal Oak-based law firm. The federal government has refused to lower the classification of marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug, keeping it on par with narcotics like heroin and cocaine, despite its widespread use and little evidence that cannabis is anywhere near as harmful as even alcohol. "We would have been just as happy if Sessions had said you know that Cole Memo that was written a few years ago?"
The Trump administration on Thursday indicated a new appetite for enforcing federal marijuana laws - a move that might destabilize California's fledgling legal-marijuana industry, although the impact is less certain on residents hoping to consume or grow cannabis without worrying about getting arrested. He says things will now be left up to federal prosecutors.
The Thousand Oaks City Council voted in December to allow one medical marijuana dispensary in town.
With product lists behind them, Bud Tenders Max Erickson and Christopher Price take care of patients at the Blum Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Reno, Nev., a week after Nevada legalized marijuana and started recreational sales in July 2017. Or they could follow Colorado U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer's lead: He said Thursday he would make no changes to the way he handles marijuana cases in his state. This completes one stage of a very long journey for us to be the largest distributor in the state of California.
Brisk sales began January 1 in Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Cruz, San Diego, Santa Ana and beyond. Those guidelines had finessed the state-federal conflict by saying, in effect, that federal prosecutors wouldn't go after people who complied with state laws, but would instead concentrate on drug cartels, money laundering and other high-priority targets.
For many stakeholders in the marijuana industry, Thursday was a hard day.
Sicklick said this is Sessions' personal crusade against cannabis. Nor is it clear how the change might affect states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes.
"I would be shocked if there is anyone at the agency that is interested in prioritizing cannabis investigations", Moen said.
In Los Angeles, at New Amsterdam Naturals, a licensed medical marijuana shop, the management declined a request for comment. Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Democrat, said the federal plan would be disruptive to a state that collected $108 million in marijuana tax revenue past year.
Marijuana enthusiasts who spent the past three years developing a wide-ranging array of products say Sessions' move also risks chilling the industry's entrepreneurial spirit.
"There should be no doubt that President Trump has officially declared war on California", quoted United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian on Thursday, quoting the state's senate leader Kevin de León.
"The intent, however, was to address as numerous reasons people choose to consume cannabis in a way that resonates with this demographic in hopes that they listen", she wrote.
Recreational marijuana businesses are immediately exposed to prosecution. Nor does Moen think the DEA will ramp up marijuana enforcement, particularly given how closely the federal agents rely on their local and state partnerships in drug task forces.
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