Cannabis legalization: an explainer

Cannabis legalization: an explainer

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has initiated a new crackdown on federal marijuana enforcement by striking down the Obama administration's directive to federal prosecutors to not prosecute legal state-licensed marijuana stores. "Most likely, medical marijuana research, second most likely are financial institutions, and there's an outside chance they'll extend it to recreational marijuana activities that are lawful under state law", Mikos said.

It would tackle a core problem in the marijuana debate--getting caught with even small amounts of the drug can ruin the lives of young people in many states, and this prosecution has often targeted black communities in the United States.

To address these challenges, we are requesting legislation that would provide a safe harbor for depository institutions that provide a financial product or service to a covered business in a state that has implemented laws and regulations that ensure accountability in the marijuana industry such as the SAFE Banking Act (S. 1152 and H.R. 2215) or similar legislation. Therefore, "any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition". Indeed, in a HuffPost/YouGov poll, 56% of respondents opposed federal intervention into state laws governing the possession and use of weed.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Tuesday joined 19 other attorneys general to urge Congress to advance legislation allowing states with legalized medical or recreational marijuana to bring that commerce into the banking system.

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Though medical marijuana has far more support than recreational--94 percent of Americans support its legalization -- the drug's federal prohibition prevents approval and funding for research.

"I'm somebody that didn't support the legalization of marijuana in Colorado", he said last week, "but I also think it's necessary to protect that state decision". Once the technology is developed, the state would find a sole vendor to sell the new tracking tech, with law enforcement agencies able to buy it thanks to a grant from marijuana tax revenue. Forced to operate on a cash basis, cannabis businesses are left vulnerable to criminal targeting. Although caregivers pay 5.5 percent and 8 percent tax on their retail and prepared food sales, respectively, they do not report it under a single code, so the state doesn't track it. Today, 28 states and the District of Columbia permit some form of legal marijuana use, including eight that allow recreational use. Growing and giving away cannabis was okayed for December 2016, but delays occurred when Senator Brown and lawmakers went straight to work on rewriting what their constituents had already approved of via ballot. Some congressional Republicans in states that have legalized marijuana reacted in anger to the policy change, with Sen. "The Sessions decision is out of step with where we are as a country on this issue, and it is causing undue stress for patients and those employed in the cannabis industry".

The implementation bill pending in the Legislature now calls for creation of a cannabis advisory commission made up of law enforcement, health and industry officials.

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