The attorney general's team has put together a campaign focusing on its work to push the president's agenda, and the department is looking into issues that Trump has publicly complained about, the report said.
"This extremely misguided action will enable a federal crackdown on states' rights with regard to marijuana policy", said Marijuana Policy Project's Interim Executive Director, Matthew Schweich. In any case, pot provided a significant amount of cash for the organizations.
Sixty-two percent of Republican voters oppose marijuana legalization, and only 33 percent support it, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday. That will most likely rise to $9 billion this year.
"Violence costs money", said Terry Blevins, who worked in intelligence gathering and security throughout Latin America and subsequently with an anti-terrorism task force with the Department of Defense. If you don't like Sessions' marijuana decision, change the law. "It's going to be significantly more volatile in our estimation".
He then claims that "overproduction creates a powerful profit incentive". Through November, the Mexican government recorded 26,573 homicides in 2017, the most in a single year since initial tracking began in 1997. Facts on the ground suggest that many Americans want to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana. And while it's hard to pin exact numbers on cartel activity and revenue, border seizures provide some imperfect insights. According to these studies, marijuana decreases seizures, stops cancer from spreading, slows Alzheimer's and even treats Glaucoma, just to name some of its medical benefits. "If anything, the threat by the Department of Justice to crack down on state-legal marijuana could result in spurring Congress to once-and-for-all act to fully and finally protect the growth and expansion of the new American hemp economy". Together, they comprise almost 60 percent of the USA population. "They're going to look at how they can capitalize on this". Those states nearly all underestimated the amount of marijuana businesses would sell in initial months. Marijuana is not the same as heroin. This discrepancy has created a valuation gap between pot stocks with Canadian operations and those with USA businesses, and prompted more companies with US assets to list north of the border on exchanges like NEO and the Canadian Securities Exchange. Almost half, 47 percent want marijuana laws determined at the state level, and only 32 percent believe it's a federal issue.
If we're honest with ourselves, legalizing marijuana has been bad for the state of Colorado.
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But Kilmer cautioned that cartels are not the only ones who can fill any potential market holes. And it turns out Sessions doesn't have the support of the public either.
"There's a lot of production in the US outside of recreational markets", Kilmer said. Under the earlier law, possession of 5 kilograms of opium of 30 grams of heroin merited the death sentence; under the new law, it will take 50 kilos of opium or 2 kilos of heroin. But despite Republican opposition to recreational marijuana, the party does exhibit support for one part of the debate: medical marijuana. But with that prohibition set to expire January 19, it may all go up in smoke. Sessions has called for repealing it, saying the mattershould be left to DOJ.
There is indeed a disconnect between the federal ban on marijuana and the laws in states that allow its sale and use - whether for recreational or medical purposes. In Fresno, Riverside, Anaheim, Bakersfield and Kern County, marijuana shops are prohibited from opening and Long Beach now has a temporary ban on retail sales of California marijuana.
Vermont's legislature, however, approved a bill legalizing the recreational marijuana Wednesday, the first lawmaking body in the country to do so.
"Black market actors have always been afraid of legalization, and the California market would have been huge", said Blevins, who grew up in Mexico and is now affiliated with the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a group that opposes drug prohibition. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California accused Sessions of a "profound misreading of the Constitution, which allows states, not the heavy-handed federal government, to determine such issues".