US Attorney General Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines

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US Attorney General Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines

"It's going to be up to the new USA attorney, but we don't know what her position is on this yet".

The directive puts decisions about whether to prosecute marijuana cases in the hands of federal prosecutors.

Officials in several states that have legalized the use of medical and recreational marijuana condemned the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to double down on enforcement of marijuana laws, with several vowing to defend their rights to legalize marijuana use.

"We should not be intimidated on this issue by the Trump administration", Inslee said. Equally importantly, it would clear the way for federally funded research into the effects of marijuana on humans, including such important questions as the drug's effects on brain development and research into medical uses.

Speaking at a stop in Snyder County, Wolf said that he doesn't believe medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania should be anxious about losing their firearms.

The law also says if the Arizona Department of Health Services fails to issue a medical-marijuana-user identification card within 45 days of getting a valid application or renewal, the card "shall be deemed issued" and a copy of the application qualifies as a valid ID card. Thursday's announcement is a major decision that could have ramifications for every state.

In fiscal 2017, legal pot sales in Washington state exceeded $1.3 billion and the state collected more than $300 million in excise taxes, according to the state Liquor Control Board. "The Association will work with the congressional delegation to ensure that Arkansas continues to have the right to administer a successful medical marijuana program".

In response to the decision from the Justice Department, the Colorado State Senate Democratic Caucus chose to send out a perfectly weird and defiant tweet.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee-Sanders told reporters Thursday "the president believes in enforcing federal law" and Sessions' action gives law enforcers "the tools to take on large-scale distributors". "In Eastern Washington, arguably, I think (Joseph) Harrington is worse than Mike Ormsby", says Boiter.

"At this point continue doing business in compliance with state law".

The new guidance threatens to upend sales by giving federal prosecutors more discretion in how they enforce federal law.

Senator Corey Gardner delivered an angry speech after the news saying Sessions promised him before his confirmation to the AG position that he would leave marijuana up to the states.

OR voted in 2014 to legalize personal possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana for people 21 years of age and older.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will repeal a Justice Department 2013 memo which instructed federal prosecutors to deprioritise federal cannabis crimes.

The rollback announced Thursday means federal prosecutors will be able to decide what to do when state rules collide with federal drug laws.

So far eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for recreational use, and it is now helping to fund schools and even law enforcement.

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