Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

California Commissioner Condemns Session's Move Against Legal Pot

California Commissioner Condemns Session's Move Against Legal Pot

But the change will undoubtedly create some confusion and an uneven landscape, said John Walsh, the former US attorney for Colorado appointed by Obama who left the office in 2016. She said the businesses could argue that the federal government allowed the marketplace to flourish and is now improperly changing direction.

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.

Politicians and officials from several states lashed out at Sessions' move, most indicating they will continue to back recreational pot sales.

According to NORML,-a group that promotes legalization of marijuana-medical marijuana protections are still in effect, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

Marijuana revenue has been used in many ways throughout the state.

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Robert Troyer, who was appointed an interim US attorney for the District of Colorado by Sessions in November, said his office's decisions regarding marijuana cases would be guided by similar principles as before: "focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state".

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, whose home state of Alaska has legalized recreational marijuana, also weighed in with a statement, saying Sessions' announcement-which she had repeatedly warned him against making-was "disruptive to state regimes and regrettable". "I also urge the DOJ to work with the congressional delegations from states like Nevada that have legalized marijuana as they review and navigate the new policy".

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"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law", Sessions said in a statement. "I can't sit here and say whether or not it will or won't lead to more marijuana prosecutions", one anonymous official said.

One issue that may be potentially litigated is how the new memo affects medical versus recreational marijuana use. "I can't sit here and say whether it will or will not lead to more marijuana prosecutions", the official continued.

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The change, he said, removes "clarity and consistency" for an industry that depended on it.

If there were a federal crackdown, Levine said he would expect a massive public backlash.

"It's pretty clear what people want", he said. In Aurora alone, the company has between 20 and 30 employees. "Without that support, it's hard to see how the industry keeps growing", Sabet said. "This is people's livelihoods". That memo guided USA attorneys that "the federal government has traditionally relied on state and local law enforcement agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws".

The new USA attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in mid-December, called marijuana "a risky drug" in his statement on Sessions' action.

The move by Sessions has generated outrage among advocates for legal marijuana as well as some conservatives who believe the federal government shouldn't overrule the wishes of state government on issues like this.

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