Could Jeff Sessions' Marijuana Ruling Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse?

Marijuana already was illegal under federal law, but Sessions' order revokes guidance by the Department of Justice under President Barack Obama that discouraged federal law enforcement in states where pot was legal.

The Cole Memorandum was drafted in August 2013 by then U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

"By rescinding these, it looks like the attorney general is changing course, but it's important to note they didn't say that he wanted local USA attorneys to go out and crack down on the industry", he said.

"Legal marijuana has become so entrenched in the USA - it's a multibillion-dollar industry - and I don't see the people who are behind this, people like myself, rolling over for the Justice Department, which means Congress will have to act", Morse said.

"I think there are a lot of employees that think that now it's a get-out-of-jail-free card or 'Now I have a right and therefore you can not hinder that in any way, ' and that's just not true", she said. He's joined by Sean Kiernan, an army vet who uses medical marijuana to treat PTSD.

Georgia's General Assembly passed that state's medical marijuana law in 2015.

Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska and Colorado have been able to manage their legal sales of recreational cannabis since their states' voter approved legalization.

"We do not anticipate the statewide legalization of cannabis to have any major impact on inbound tourism to Los Angeles", said Ernest Wooden Jr., president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. "We permit high risk all the time", he continued.

Responses from senators on Capitol Hill came swiftly. However, Sen. Cory Gardner's (R-Colo.) pique about the department's recently announced change in direction - it is adopting a tougher stance - in connection with its prosecutorial policy concerning marijuana-related offenses is off-balance and misdirected. Another questioned how the Justice Department could justify allocating resources to go after legal users when there are other pressing issues to address.

However, Todd of Drug Policy Alliance said removing this policy "creates a lot of uncertainty" and represents a "direct threat to access".

Colorado state leaders are fighting for marijuana business protections.

This new information is to create further confusion to the now emerging medical and recreational marijuana industries in many states across the USA and the now ongoing regulatory laws and rulings in effect at the state level.

Gabbard again called on Congress to pass her bi-partisan Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act (HR 1227), which removes marijuana from the federal controlled substances list.

Sessions' announcement comes as patients in Pennsylvania are just months away from being able to purchase medical marijuana products. It is now hardly considered extreme, for either the Democrats or Republicans, for politicians to suggest that adults should be able to make their own choices regarding whether or not they smoke marijuana. Prosecutors threatened landlords with prosecution unless they evicted tenants who were supplying marijuana and moved to seize properties where the drug was sold.

Sessions' decision allows prosecutors in the 30 states and the District of Columbia with legal marijuana laws to decide how aggressively to enforce longstanding federal law prohibiting the sale and cultivation of the plant.

On Jan. 1, California became the most populous of nine states where the recreational use of marijuana is now legal. Of course, this is a wonderful clickbait headline, but when you actually read the article you find that he was referencing marijuana suppliers as typically being small businesses.

That includes promoting concealed carry legislation and attacking sanctuary status for immigrants to this week's decisions to crack down on legalized marijuana and permit offshore oil drilling.

  • Leroy Wright