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Costello goes on attack after Sessions' marijuana crackdown

Costello goes on attack after Sessions' marijuana crackdown

Eight states, including California, have now legalized marijuana for recreational use and more than 30 have medical marijuana programs.

The state has filed several dozen lawsuits against the Trump administration over various regulatory disputes, marijuana being just one that reignited last week.

Does the Justice Department's decision Thursday to rescind an Obama-era policy that prevented federal prosecutors from targeting marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws change anything? Joining me now from Washington, D.C., is John Hudak, the deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution, to help assess the impact of this move. In his statement Sessions said he was giving federal prosecutors more discretion about enforcing federal law, even in states where marijuana use is legal. If the federal government disagrees with that, it could set up another states' rights legal dispute.

"Tourism has been a part of every cannabis industry, whether it's Colorado or Washington or OR, in a substantial way", Gordon said, adding that his clients have reported that as many as 30% to 40% of their cannabis customers are tourists. A recent Pew poll found that 61 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana.

She marveled at the difference between buying a legal bag of weed from the times in her 20s when she was buying marijuana on the streets, a situation she said exposed her to contaminated products and unsafe situations. A federal appeals court that covers much of the Western U.S. ruled two years ago that the law banned the DOJ from going after medical marijuana users and dispensaries in cases where no state laws were broken.

2018 was poised to be the year of marijuana with Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Dakota, Utah, and Missouri addressing the legalization of medical marijuana, while Vermont, New Jersey, Michigan, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and OH set sights on the recreational marijuana legalization debate. "A majority of my colleagues still believe that "good people don't smoke marijuana' " Chin said, echoing the infamous phrase Sessions uttered a year ago". The Cole's memo had addressed the initiative taken by the Washington and Colorado to Ballot - initiate the legalization of the Recreational marijuana. The punitive enforcement of marijuana laws systematically disadvantages and actively discriminates against low-income people of color, with crippling implications that can follow people for life. He said Congress should declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 unsafe drug. Kreit said the amendment only applies to medical marijuana, so recreational users and businesses are not protected.

In the past decade medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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The Obama administration announced in 2013 that it would not stand in the way of states that legalize marijuana, so long as officials acted to keep it from migrating to places where it remained outlawed and to keep it out of the hands of criminal gangs and children.

"I'll be asking the Arkansas attorney general to update her 2017 opinion that the Medical Marijuana Amendment is the law in Arkansas", House told The Leader. By that definition, it has no accepted medical use and is more risky than cocaine.

Reactions to the news from within the adult-use (recreational) medical cannabis industry have been mixed - everything from "meh" to the sky is falling.

The advocates quickly condemned Sessions' move as a return to the outdated drug-war policies that they say unduly affected minorities.

Although his own investigative panel recommended decriminalizing marijuana, Nixon's aides later cited his animus toward hippies and black political activists as leading him to reject that move.

This all changed last Thursday with an abrupt action by Attorney General Sessions.