Colorado Politicians Ask Sessions To Leave Legal Marijuana States Alone

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An amendment to a budget bill that would prohibit the Department of Justice from spending money on marijuana enforcement in states like Colorado that have legalized pot is one idea that is gaining traction among Colorado lawmakers. Rohrabacher-Farr (now known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, in honor of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who co-sponsored the amendment) is set to expire on January 19, 2018, if it is not renewed. Tom Darcy, liaison to Dist. 1 County Supervisor and Board Chair Robert Lovingood, pointed out in the NDBA meeting that with 29 states approving medical use votes likely now exist to change federal marijuana law.

But Sessions's memo rescinding the Obama-era policy did not address how financial institutions who do business with marijuana growers, processors and distributors should handle the new policy. It has been renewed numerous times "so here is a track record" of Congress barring the Department of Justice from targeting medical marijuana programs, she said. Polis has also introduced a similar amendment with California Representative Tom McClintock over the years. However, he also said he would assess on a case-by-case basis whether it was worth using "limited federal resources" to clamp down on marijuana operations.

Anxious that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits - even if they're participating in a medical marijuana program approved by California or 28 other states and the District of Columbia - veterans have often kept mum.

Sessions, the first USA senator to officially endorse Trump during his 2016 campaign, was nominated by the president for the AG position shortly after the election. "We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we're able". They were reminded to continue working with federal authorities and agencies in other states in targeting the illegal trafficking of controlled substances. Eastern Washington, however, falls under interim U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington, whose office has directed media inquiries to the DOJ's national press office. Hutchinson said Sessions "should look at where President Trump has been" on the subject.

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Essentially, the memoranda instructed federal prosecutors that in states that had legalized marijuana, prosecutors should use their prosecutorial discretion and focus not on businesses that comply with state regulations but instead focus on illicit enterprises and activities that create harm to the public such as selling marijuana to children, operating with criminal gangs, selling across state lines, and so on. Richard "Tick" Segerblom said, "If Sessions is still attorney general in 2019, I think it would have a good chance". "The question is what he's going to replace that guidance with".

On Jan 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo and replaced it with a new, harsher policy memo.

What effects do people foresee on the burgeoning marijuana industry in the state?

Both used a payment processing company that worked with a MA bank that processed medical marijuana transactions.

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