"But I think the science needs to catch up to the usage".
"This decision is a step backward for US Cannabis policy, and boldly ignores voters who overwhelmingly support marijuana legalization", said Joy Beckerman, Hemp Industries Association Board Vice President. The memo recognized that marijuana was still illegal on the federal level by the Controlled Substances Act, but gave prosecutors license to focus their resources on more serious drug crimes.
He emphasized that while voters passed state laws that favor the cannabis industry, the federal prosecutors and judges in the federal courts have never wavered in their stance on marijuana. A total of eight states have now legalized marijuana for recreational use. Under Barack Obama, that number dipped to 100 yearly raids from 2009 to 2011.
The Cole Memo is an Obama era memo which reflected the Department of Justice's relatively passive policy under the Obama administration since August 2013 on enforcement of federal cannabis laws.
This seems like a no-brainer, since the federal government actually owns U.S. Patent No. 6,630,507 - granted in 2003 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - for the "potential use of non-psychoactive cannabinoids to protect the brain from damage or degeneration caused by certain diseases". Retail marijuana sales are expected to begin July 1 in the Bay State.
A customer purchases cannabis products at the Green Pearl Organics dispensary on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in California on January 1.
As a matter of market logic, legal uncertainty is likely to raise marijuana prices for consumers.
"The Governors and Attorneys General from Colorado, Washington, California and other states have already declared they will fight any attempt by Jeff Sessions that would violate their states' rights as well as the will of the voters", said Rudder, a former Republican state legislator, mayor, veteran and current government affairs executive.
The support is uniform, besides Republicans, and Americans over the age of 65. Though he was named after Confederacy president Jefferson Davis, Sessions looks more like a Keebler Elf.
But the crackdown could amount to the last gasp of marijuana prohibition. He said the move by Mr. Sessions was "heartless and cold, and shows his desire to pursue an antiquated, disproven dogma instead of the will of the American people".
Americans support marijuana legalization across race, gender, and nearly all age groups and political parties-except for Republicans, according to a new poll.
Jeff Sessions holds a minority view. He said his dispensary in the city was raided in 2009, and he was even convicted in 2011 for selling marijuana illegally.
Just a good ol' boy. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared to make this shift official last week, when she said Trump now "strongly believes" federal law should be enforced when it comes to cannabis. A USA attorney is hinting he may unleash some sort of action against Oregon's pot industry.
In reality however, Federal Bureau of Investigation data shows violent crime dropping almost four percent in Washington since legalization.
"People are really really thrilled to have the legal cannabis experience but they are dismayed to find out that it's going to cost them much more than the illegal experience".
At home, three lawmakers are broaching the topic before start of the legislative session next week.
The unspoken reality, of course, is that Congress is the legislative branch of government and at any time any member could easily introduce a bill to repeal the federal marijuana law.
"Given the Department's well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately", Sessions said.