Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions to discuss federal enforcement for marijuana

Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions to discuss federal enforcement for marijuana

Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions to discuss federal enforcement for marijuana

As a result, each USA attorney now has more flexibility to enforce - or not - the federal prohibition on production and sale of the drug in those states.

In a move long forecasted by many legal and policy observers, last Thursday the attorney general issued a memorandum to rescind Obama-era guidance on federal enforcement of marijuana.

President Donald Trump has been widely quoted in the press as not opposing medical marijuana, at least during his campaign. The matter is further complicated by the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, part of federal spending bills since the end of 2014, constraining funds for use by the Justice Department in preventing states from implementing their own laws authorizing use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana. All this was fostered by a 2013 document called the Cole Memorandum issued by the Obama administration that set marijuana priorities for federal prosecutors.

A bipartisan group of members of Congress from Colorado sent a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions demanding the Justice Department reinstate the Cole Memo and allow Colorado to continue to operate its legal marijuana program without interference.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the opening session of the Global Forum on Asset Recovery in Washington, D.C., on December 4.

In a January 4 press announcement, Coffman urged Sessions to read the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution, which limits the power of the federal government to regulate interstate and intrastate commerce. During his presidential campaign, Trump said he was a "states person" who believed decisions about cannabis regulation "should be up to the states, absolutely".

Baker, who did not support the ballot initiative that brought legal marijuana to MA, added that it has the support of the people, and that he would tell Lelling he should "recognize and understand that the voters of MA voted to create a legal, regulated recreational marijuana market here in the commonwealth".

Local pot shops are preparing for a crackdown on federal drug agents despite the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Trump fans who use medical marijuana are also concerned they could lose access to treatment.

"I am pursuing all ways of ensuring that states are allowed to regulate marijuana without interference from the federal government".

In Sessions' memorandum, he cited statutes that "reflect Congress's determination that marijuana is a unsafe drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime".

Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Both involve the federal government.

And caught in the middle is MA law enforcement. He pointed to efforts in the House of Representatives to protect states' medical marijuana laws and suggested congressional hearings on the subject in the future. "Once they get above that, it slows the transition and makes the consumer think twice about making that legal purchase".

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