Federal decision on marijuana has locals seeking answers

That changed Thursday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked an Obama-era policy that was deferential to states' permissive marijuana laws.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded guidelines established by his predecessors that limited the discretion US attorneys could exercise in their prosecution of pot, especially in states where it is legal for medical or recreational use.

"We knew sessions was tough on drugs and he seems to equate marijuana with heroin, and so it's really not that surprising", Titus said.

So, what does this mean for Washington state and its residents?

"Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions", U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer of the District of Colorado said in a statement on Thursday.

While the Florida Department of Health says it's reviewing the new policy, state lawmakers were quick to take aim at Sessions via Twitter. "Last time I checked he was still President".

The Democratic governor called the decision by the Trump administration an attempt to distract the public from its internal chaos. "He's obviously got a lot of disturbed feelings that are not worthy of him fulfilling a position of leadership and the justice department, and I would like to see President Trump reign him in and frankly replace him". "We should believe that an uproar of democratically expressed sentiment can defeat the Trump administration".

Watching Sen. Cory Gardner's histrionics at the Capital, his outrage that Attorney General Sessions won't continue to not enforce federal law, I immediately wondered what Republican is going to run against Gardner in the next election. "And I don't think the voters are going to be swayed by Attorney General Sessions' perspective on this".

According to NORML,-a group that promotes legalization of marijuana-medical marijuana protections are still in effect, known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment.

Asotin County Sheriff John Hilderbrand and Clarkston Police Chief Joel Hastings echoed Myers' interpretation, saying their scope of authority is limited to state and local laws and protecting the community. His office said they do not offer businesses legal advice.

There are four in California, though the US attorney for the Northern District of California, Brian Stretch, announced this week that he is stepping down. "It's not our job to apply federal laws".

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"It's not a state issue", Gov. Tom Wolf said.

Medical marijuana use is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia while recreational use is legal in seven states.

Trulieve in North Fort Myers is the only medical marijuana treatment center in Southwest Florida.

States including Florida have passed laws legalizing marijuana for medical use and some even for recreational use.

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