Fluharty – who supports the legalization of recreational cannabis – criticized the new federal position Thursday.
Most states have approved medical use of marijuana, and eight states plus D.C. have made the plant legal outright. The Cole Memorandum is necessary to protect Colorado from the federal government’s interference into its well-regulated marijuana industry.
“Earlier today I met with Attorney General Sessions to further discuss the Justice Department’s decision to rescind current policy on legal marijuana enforcement”.
In Alabama, both medical and recreational cannabis are illegal, but it is one of 18 states with “CBD-only” laws.
U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman does not plan to change his approach to bringing criminal cases involving marijuana, even in light of guidance from the attorney general the has freed the ability of prosecutors to pursue such cases.
MA and other states believed that Obama’s wink and a nod with federal law enforcement would be honored by future presidents. Basically, it’s up to different Attorneys General to legally implement their own feelings on pot. It further articulated a position by the federal government that in states that had enacted laws authorizing marijuana-related conduct, the federal government meant to take a “hands-off” approach regarding the enforcement of such conduct, which, over the past several years, has led to very few prosecutions and a growing marijuana economy. Regulatory measures since that time nearly effectively killed medical marijuana access through regulatory limitations on dispensaries and providers. “The United States Attorney’s Office in Montana is guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions – focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our citizens and communities”. MA voters approved the legalization of marijuana in 2016, and stores were expected to open in July, the Boston Globe reports.
“What I would stress to him is the big public health crisis we’re dealing with in the Commonwealth these days is opioid addiction and street drugs like fentanyl”, Baker said, according to the State House News Service. Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have tried to shift the language from being a “states’ rights issue” to that of “rule of law”. “We have more than 10,000 pages [on our website] chronicling marijuana policies jurisdiction to jurisdiction”.
“The move will leave it to USA attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law”, a CBS/APNews report said.
Evidently, Sessions views on pot are not supported by his home state or his political party. And, Sessions may believe that marijuana is only slightly less very bad than heroin and that there is a link between marijuana and violence, but organizations across the ideological spectrum have definitely concluded otherwise.