The use of recreational marijuana became legal throughout California on January 1, 2018. The golden state's future pot economy has been valued in the billions of dollars. In addition, 29 states and three districts or territories (Guam, Puerto Rico and DC) have approved medicinal marijuana. And he expects Sessions' action, while not unexpected, will again prompt those conversations. "It's not amusing; it's not something to laugh about".
Sessions cited a return to "the rule of law" but emphasized leaving discretion up to individual U.S. Attorneys.
"The cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana has always been and remains a violation of federal law for all purposes", U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California spokesperson Lauren Horwood said in a statement.
"That person's going to have a hard time walking down the street in the state of Washington if they decide to go back to the previous century in marijuana policy", said Inslee. And there are 20 dispensaries in the state, the association said.
States and localities - not federal prosecutors - would be responsible for low-level pot dealing and use, one of Cole's memos said. "It has an impact on people who are trying to open businesses and now fear they are now at risk of being federally indicted. This is about public health", she said in a statement.
In California's Eastern District, newly sworn-in U.S. Attorney McGregor "Greg" Scott grew up in Humboldt County, deep in California's famed "Emerald Triangle" marijuana-growing region.
"This would be of significant concern to Canadian cannabis companies with USA operations", Sherman said in a statement. It's unknown whether enforcement may now vary by region and state.
Of course, that position contradicts statements made by candidate Trump in 2016. We held numerous public meetings and considered many issues, such as licensing standards, business models, packaging and labeling, childproof containers, taxation levels, testing, and driving under the influence issues. "I will continue to support my state's decision to legalize recreational marijuana". California is the sixth state to allow sales of recreational marijuana, and as the nation's most populous state, it's widely seen as a tremendous boost to mainstreaming marijuana. "She is looking forward to getting more information from Department of Justice and state officials".
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Only Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas do not allow any access to marijuana, said Karmen Hanson, a cannabis policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures.
USA attorneys around the country responded cautiously to Sessions' announcement. "It's also an important opportunity for us to pause and reflect on the use of marijuana and the harmful effects it has on American on youth". Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana.
The original Cole Memo put protections in place for the legal marijuana industry.
"We must demand that Washington state residents who abide by state laws are protected from blanket federal enforcement". "And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana - so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that's only slightly less terrible". I stand with the voters of California in defending California's efforts to legalize cannabis. I will be working with my colleagues on the Judiciary Committee in a bipartisan way to address this issue. Niferatos said Sessions' decision was the right one for his state.
In his memo Sessions said, "Prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutors".
Scott's spokeswoman, Lauren Horwood, said he declined to comment on the most recent federal move.
Gardner spoke briefly with Sessions by phone afterward and the two men plan to meet soon, according to a Gardner aide.
"This reckless and irresponsible action from the Department of Justice will not go unanswered. With no prior notice to Congress, the Justice Department has trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states", Gardner tweeted.