Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Keller @ Large: Looming Federal War On Legal Marijuana

Keller @ Large: Looming Federal War On Legal Marijuana

"It's a disruptive intrusion by the federal government into the activities of state and local governments, who have been working on this structure and implementing the will of the voters".

State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, a Lawton Republican competing with Leonard for the GOP attorney general nomination, did not directly criticize Sessions but said she believes "the people of MI should decide what is best for MI".

As you know, in 2016 voters here in MA legalized recreational marijuana possession, sales and home-growing by a convincing 7-percent margin.

Jim Borghesani, Massachusetts spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project and former Communications Director for the Yes On Four Campaign. The attorney general's policy change could also affect the ability of medical dispensaries to access banking services.

Players in Massachusetts' burgeoning marijuana industry aren't guaranteed immunity from federal prosecution, according to the state's new US district attorney.

U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland for the Eastern District of Arkansas issued this statement: "The Attorney General's announcement underscores his continued commitment to entrust prosecutorial discretion to the U.S. Attorney's throughout the country".

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Andrew E. Lelling's statement follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent decision giving USA attorneys discretion on whether they want to enforce federal laws that prohibit the use and sales of cannabis. "Congress has unambiguously made it a federal crime to cultivate, distribute and/or possess marijuana".

Marijuana is expected to be a hot topic for political candidates in MI, where voters may have the chance to decide the fate of an initiative that would legalize possession, recreational use and retail sales.

Colorado, which in 2014 became the first USA state to legalize recreational use of the drug, collected $226.2 million in marijuana-related taxes, licenses and fees in the first 11 months of 2017, according to state data.

Miles, who is competing with Nessel for the Democratic nomination, called Sessions' decision "an enormous step backward" that "totally disrespects the will of the people of Michigan" who chose to allow medical pot.

"Do I personally support the legalization of recreational use marijuana?"

"I must proceed on a case-by-case basis, assessing each matter according to those principles and deciding whether to use limited federal resources to pursue it", Lelling said last week.

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