Jeff Sessions Fulfills Dream of Cracking Down on Legal Weed

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Even before Attorney General Jeff Sessions moved to roll back protections for state programs legalizing marijuana use, questions about the implications of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program had begun to gain steam. "The war on drugs has also been used as an excuse by local law enforcement to heavily police communities of color, contributing to the context in which large numbers of police killings of black people have happened, but if USA attorneys start enforcing federal prohibition in states that have legalized, those most affected will be people in those states who have built businesses, invested, and bought marijuana legally under state law, who will now have a very real reason for concern".

"Everybody is super anxious". Many conservatives are wary of what they see as federal intrusion in areas they believe must be left to the states.

Pro-marijuana advocates have always been critical of Sessions's views on the topic, though his latest directive might also upset those in his own party. Effectively, Sessions has rescinded a 2013 guidance issued by then-Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole that limited prosecutions as along as individuals and businesses were operating under their state's laws. Rescinding that policy will likely cause more confusion in the eight states that have legalized marijuana, as the substance has always been banned by the federal government.

JOHNSON: Well, the drug remains illegal under the federal law known as the Controlled Substances Act.

In a statement, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said: "We will continue to work towards legalization and will resist any attempts by Attorney General Sessions or the Trump administration to impose its will on the states and to stop the progress that has been made to reform the prohibition-type mentality that criminalizes the use of marijuana". "And I think it's time for him to go", Chaffetz said. "Congress is the voice of the people and we have a duty to do what is right by the states". They said drug traffickers have taken advantage of state laws to grow marijuana. The Times reported that Papadopoulos told the diplomat that Russian Federation had thousands of emails that would embarrass Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. This directed USA attorneys to not interfere state cannabis laws. And no one knows yet if it will mean more arrests or prosecutions. And, the officials said, Thursday's action might not be the only step toward greater marijuana enforcement. It legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational use in 2014. Cory Gardner of Colorado, one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

An amendment by Blumenauer and California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher prevents the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana programs.

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Lawmakers, law enforcement officials and gun rights advocates had been warning people that they are at risk of losing their right to purchase or own firearms by signing up for medical marijuana.

They denied the timing was connected to the opening of California sales, which are projected to bring in $1 billion annually in tax revenue within several years.

The shift in policy comes just three days after California launched the world's largest regulated commercial market for recreational marijuana. However, many suggested that a large-scale crackdown was unlikely given the industry's size.

So far, Trump has nominated 58 people, 46 of whom have been confirmed by the Senate, to be USA attorneys. "I want the Trump administration to stand by its promises".

"Over the past year, Sessions has demonstrated a stunning lack of knowledge about our state's marijuana laws", Ferguson said, adding, "I pledge to vigorously defend the will of the voters in Washington state". And because black and brown people of color are already racial profiled, this increase will disproportionately affect their communities. Right now, business is booming at Oakland's Harborside dispensary and up 20 percent over the last two weeks. That's why Harborside's DeAngelo said he isn't anxious.

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