Prosecutors in marijuana-friendly states will decide on crackdown

IndustryPoliticsPoliticians Outraged Sessions Move ‘Trampled the Will of the Voters’Dave Schmader

IndustryPoliticsPoliticians Outraged Sessions Move ‘Trampled the Will of the Voters’Dave Schmader

That memo guided US 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".

A crackdown could be coming in states like Florida that have legalized forms of marijuana. Since federal law bans the use of marijuana, that could potentially be a very, very long list of Coloradans.

MA is one of eight states that has voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and several more are expected to pass similar laws this year. Twenty-two states also allow some form of medical marijuana, and 15 allow a lesser medical marijuana extract. The United States Attorney's Office in Montana is guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions - focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our citizens and communities. Appointed in 2016 by the Obama administration, his vacancy now leaves Sessions in charge of choosing a successor.

"The move will leave it to USA attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law", the AP noted, a move that will likely "add to confusion about whether it's OK to grow, buy, or use marijuana in states where it's legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it".

Southern District U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said he was "grateful for the additional resources". Under Pennsylvania law, patients with certain illnesses may legally access medical marijuana as part of their treatment regimen.

Since the passage of the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, Congress has generally banned the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana, Sessions noted. "I think it may be time for him to step aside".

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Sessions' move infuriated Colorado elected officials of both parties.

The Justice Department considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin, LSD and cocaine.

Sean Spicer, one of those alleged to have been instructed by the president to urge Jeff Sessions against recusal.

Sessions said the move was necessary to give federal prosecutors the power to "disrupt criminal organisations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country". "This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions told me prior to his confirmation", Garner said on Twitter. But they can push legislation to protect marijuana sales. "After all, this is 2018 not the 20th century", California state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

"This is about the federal government interfering with the rights of those states to make their own decisions", he told reporters on Friday afternoon at an unrelated press conference at the NYPD headquarters. Its rescission could sow confusion and potentially hamper efforts to cultivate local marijuana businesses. Certainty brings better players into the market, more legitimate capital.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission says it will proceed with plans to begin marijuana sale for recreational use, despite the announcement. "I can say we'll assess marijuana prosecutions on a case-by-case basis".

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