Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Major Push To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Expected In Upcoming Session

Major Push To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Expected In Upcoming Session

As a former federal prosecutor and happily retired Justice Department agency attorney, I don't always agree with Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Despite the uncertainty, there is a spirit of optimism that the status quo won't change as much, and that the move was created to reflect posturing on the part of the Sessions-led Justice Department.

Fortunately, even as Sessions seeks to target legal marijuana, Congress is moving forward with legislation to thwart that effort. In what is nearly certainly not a coincidence, Sessions' announcement came days after California's law legalizing recreational marijuana sales went into effect. "As a physician with an integrative medical cannabis practice that spans over a decade, I have real obligations to my patients".

This all changed last Thursday with an abrupt action by Attorney General Sessions.

"It throws all of the state laws into chaos", said Frosh, a Democrat. "And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less very bad", Sessions told law enforcement officials in a speech a year ago. Oliver thinks at its core, marijuana legalization is a civil-rights issue, with campaigns led by civil-rights groups like the ACLU.

"The decision to rescind the Cole and Wilkinson memos undermines Nevada's $622 million dollar industry, threatens almost $1 billion in new investments, and jeopardizes thousands of new jobs and more than $60 million dollars in tax revenue for the State".

As the Trump presidency finds its legacy forward, balancing between states' rights, law and order, and the best use of federal resources, it should consider the fruits that previous Prohibitions have borne.

The landscape has changed significantly since 2014, with at least eight states now permitting the recreational use of marijuana.

Following the news, many politicians who had thus far bided their time on the sidelines suddenly had something to say. He was originally against legalizing marijuana when it first hit the ballot. "The federal government still has laws against it". The memo, which dated back to the Obama presidency, provided states with autonomy regarding the legalization of marijuana, and kept federal prosecutors at bay, for all but the most serious of marijuana-related crimes, such as drug trafficking across state lines or selling to minors. Asked about the president's position Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he supports enforcing federal law.

Sessions sent out a one-page memo to the nation's federal prosecutors who are being directed to "follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions". "This will affect our practice by perpetuating fear and doubt in the populace and renewing the war on cannabis", she said. He sees Sessions' action as a "political ploy", but says if the Justice Department carries it out, there could be harsh blowback from states.

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"We see it through tours, art classes, bed and breakfasts that there's an industry springing up around the travelers coming to states for [marijuana]", Gordon said.

Numerous states that allow some form of medical marijuana with low THC - marijuana's psychoactive compound - did so in 2013 and 2014.

"Patients have waited long enough for these important medications, in many cases suffering with chronic pain and debilitating illnesses", said Van Wingerden, who plans to open SunMed Growers in Cecil County later this year. Additionally, the protection for medical marijuana disappears if the amendment is not renewed. Three-quarters of the public believe the federal government should not prosecute the drugs sale or use in states where it is legal. His recent move to take away the power on the state level to manage the criminalization of marijuana is a mistake that effects the entire party.

Paul is not the only Republican to criticize Session for last week's decision. Sen. Harris has been a longtime opponent of legalizing marijuana and fought the legalization of the drug in Washington.

"There is no more safe haven with regard to the federal government and marijuana, but it's also the beginning of the story and not the end", Kevin Sabet, president and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said in a statement.

Part of the reason that pot tourism isn't likely to take off quickly in any of the places where recreational marijuana is now legal - Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. - is because of some of the complications surrounding where and how people can consume it. However, marijuana advocates are arguing the legalization of the drug will eliminate the black market and reduce violence.

Gov Jay Inslee condemned the move and says he will defend the Washington law.

But marijuana opponents applauded the move.

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