In California-which was the first state to legalize medical marijuana-state officials have, according to the Los Angeles Times, "issued dozens of permits for retailers to begin recreational sales this week, expanding a market that is expected to grow to $7 billion annually by 2020".
The Justice Department considers marijuana a Schedule 1 drug, the same category as heroin, LSD and cocaine.
Advocates say Sessions' move is putting pressure on Washington to clear up the question once and for all: do states have the right to legalize marijuana?
Just about everyone is opposed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' strict stance on marijuana. LARA is tasked with implementing the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and will continue to move forward in accepting and processing applications for state operating licenses. "I think the idea that you can run a business that makes millions of dollars and be immune to prosecution is questionable right now".
He also said the move by the Justice Department could cause concern for marijuana investors and slow industry growth.
"He represents something that is so un-American, as far as I'm concerned", the Texas libertarian said.
"I will say that there was no warning about this guidance". The new uncertainty about how prosecutors will deal with this will only make it harder. "Whether it's industrial hemp for excellent nutrient management of agricultural soils, or marijuana medically prescribed for a patient with cancer or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome), I think medicinal research and state regulations should be our guide, not outdated federal regulations".
Sessions' action will allow federal prosecutors in those states to determine how aggressively to enforce the laws.
The only difference between the new policy and the policy it replaces, Joy said, is that individual US attorneys are being told to use their discretion in enforcing all federal marijuana laws.
Troyer said his office "has already been guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions".
Jones-Sawyer said he'd work with Gov.
The headlines this week have been peppered with news of Attorney General Jeff Sessions "unleashing" federal prosecutors on legal marijuana. Sessions has railed against marijuana for years. Will New Jersey have the guts to stand up to this veiled threat from the federal government?
In 2013, a memo from then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole acknowledged states where voters have chosen to legalize marijuana and affirmed prosecutorial discretion in these states.
Megan Fox with the Marijuana Policy Project said Sessions is out of step with most of the country on this issue.
What is the Cole Memo? Inslee called it "the wrong direction for our state".
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Governor Charlie Baker have both said the will of voters should be respected.
The laws against marijuana were democratically passed and enacted: they should be enforced, as all laws are supposed to be.