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". Colorado, Washington, California and several other states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notwithstanding federal prohibitions. Ellen and Stu Smith are champions for the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain-and they believed something like this could happen. "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".
"Jeff Sessions' obsession with marijuana prohibition defies logic, threatens successful state-level reforms, and flies in the face of widespread public support for legalization", said Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug reform advocacy group. The Obama era guidelines gave some leeway on this point, stating that prosecutors should leave states well enough alone when it comes to legalizing marijuana, as long as these local decisions didn't interfere with federal law enforcement primary directives.
It's worth noting that the Rohrbacher-Bluemenauer amendment must be approved each year, so it will come up for a vote again this year.
According to Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the state of Oregon received over $60 million in state taxes from the recreational marijuana industry.
Still, some were surprised by the move, which introduces extreme uncertainty into a flourishing market of growers, sellers, and buyers of marijuana.
Experts say they think the multi-billion dollar business now legal in some form in a majority of states is too large to bust.
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The former Chief Minister, who is in Ranchi's Birsa Munda Jail, received his sentence through video-conference, reports added. Lalu Prasad is also facing trial in three more cases relating to the fodder scam, also known as "chara ghotala".
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The car's license plate was traced to Wilson, who tried to turn himself in to police but would not say what he had done. Louis, and may have been behind two alleged hate crimes in the area, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said .
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Some advocates and political leaders are warning the new Department of Justice guidance on marijuana prosecutions could have dire consequences for chronically ill patients for whom marijuana products provide a measure of relief.
"We use the money we get from marijuana sales to fund our school resource officer and to bring in a D.A.R.E officer to speak to the schools", North Bend City Administrator Terence O'Connor said.
"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States", Sessions said in a statement, which said the Obama-era policy that directed federal prosecutors not to target state marijuana businesses "undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission".
The federal perspective, however, has never changed. To say this is an established industry with thousands of people and livelihoods depending on it would be an understatement.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has strong words for the Trump administration: "We will not be bullied by an administration that seems obsessed with dismantling things that are actually working", reports CBS. Today, 29 states have some sort of law allowing for at the very least, medical marijuana.
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. And for medical marijuana, "it is not likely an efficient use of federal resources to focus enforcement efforts on seriously ill individuals or their individual care givers".