Top US Attorney in Montana Issues Statement on Medical Marijuana

Top US Attorney in Montana Issues Statement on Medical Marijuana

Days after California began the New Year with the legalization of recreational marijuana use, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum rescinding Obama Era guidance on the prosecution of state legalized marijuana businesses. A nationwide CBS News poll last April found 61 percent of Americans say marijuana use should be legal.

Colorado's junior senator met face-to-face with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about marijuana on Wednesday.

Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, said this threat has not changed anything and MA will be moving forward. In a statement, the association said it "will work with the congressional delegation to ensure that Arkansas continues to have the right to administer a successful medical marijuana program".

In just a couple of weeks, it will be up to Congress, not Attorney General Sessions, to decide whether medical marijuana keeps its protected status.

The Green Mountain state's federal prosecutor said with any drug case, her focus is on addressing violence. Sessions' move effectively gives those prosecutors free rein to aggressively enforce the federal government's prohibition of the use and sale of pot.

Gardner says Sessions did agree to meet with a larger group of concerned Senators, who are already exploring ways to counter the recent policy change through legislation.

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Last week Gardner tweeted that Sessions' announcement "directly contradicts" what Sessions told Gardner before Sessions was confirmed as attorney general. It should revise the 1970 law that defined marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no medical value, and let states make their own policies. Asked during a January 4 press conference about Sessions' announcement, Governor Hutchinson said he believes the DOJ and Sessions should distinguish between medical and recreational use when it comes to federal enforcement of existing laws.

Kamin said he found the timing of Sessions' announcement unusual, especially since it came just days after California opened its first legal and state-licensed recreational cannabis stores. Although this amendment provides some protection to the medical marijuana industry, it does nothing to help recreationally legal states.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, and dozens of states have approved medical cannabis. "I think that what you see here is both frustration with this policy and legislators trying to take some of that power from the executive back to the Congress".

It's not even clear whether his views hew to those of his boss, President Donald Trump, who in a July 2016 interview said that, if elected, he would not advocate a federal crackdown on states that had legalized recreational marijuana sales.

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