New US attorney issues apparent warning as MA prepares for legalized marijuana

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This bill would remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug; transition marijuana oversight from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and regulate marijuana like alcohol by inserting it into the section of the U.S. Code that governs "intoxicating liquors".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is adamantly anti-cannabis, a position he made clear with his termination of the Cole Memo last week.

But by positioning DOJ to pursue more marijuana prosecutions, Sessions himself did not factor in all relevant considerations.

Rep. Seth Moulton, who represents the state's 6th Congressional District, also said that Sessions' announcement shows how out-of-step the Trump Administration is with the public. That could put medical marijuana businesses and patients in CT at risk.

"I have not changed my decision to hold these nominations until we have a commitment that lives up to what I believe was given to me prior to the confirmation", Gardner said.

According to the HuffPost/YouGov poll, which surveyed 1,000 US adults on January 5th and 6th, 56% of respondents said that they oppose federal interference in state-legal cannabis sales, with 30% in favor of a DOJ crackdown, and 14% "not sure". He said, "My opinion is this is a direct attack on states' rights and the will of the people in states". However, U.S. attorney Bob Troyer, Colorado's top federal prosecutor, said his office won't alter its approach to enforcing marijuana crimes in the state that became the first to sell marijuana for recreational use after voters there approved it in 2012. Pennsylvania is one of 29 states that allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes.

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The state is one of eight across the United States where voters in recent years have passed initiatives legalizing recreational use of the drug, which remains illegal under federal law.

Warren said Congress needs to take immediate action to protect state marijuana laws and the patients that rely on them.

This policy, created by a 2013 memorandum by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole, directed the federal government to not act against a state's marijuana industry if that state "will implement strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems".

"I'm not sure what type of message that sends or what type of security that gives you", said Robert DeLeo. But unless Congress keeps in the 2019 budget the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment to stop the Department of Justice from spending money on medical marijuana crackdowns, law enforcement could target the marijuana industry. "We have no intention of raiding a pot shop that is legal under state law". She said she hopes Sessions' move leads Congress to permanently offer the medical marijuana community protection, rather than renewing it every year.

"Senator Sessions told me that marijuana simply wasn't going to be on President Trump's agenda, that is was something they weren't going to deal with, and it was something the president wasn't going to focus on".

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