This bill would remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug; transition marijuana oversight from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and regulate marijuana like alcohol by inserting it into the section of the U.S. Code that governs "intoxicating liquors".
As states nationwide began approving marijuana for medical or recreational use, the Obama administration curtailed enforcement of the federal marijuana laws in those states, sharply limiting prosecution of dispensaries, banks, and other participants in the newly legitimate marijuana business.
City Manager Rick Daniels, addressing the Needles Downtown Business Alliance on January 4, explained that Session's memo allows attorney generals in each state to decide their own priorities in marijuana enforcement and that indications are AGs in the 29 states that have legalized and regulated medical use are more likely to focus on recreational usage if enforcement efforts are pursued at all.
"Sessions said he's enforcing federal law, simply directing all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country", Sessions said in a statement.
Eight states, including MA, have legalized recreational marijuana use and MA has had medical marijuana use since 2012.
"Trump needs to realize that a lot of his supporters are pro-cannabis and it would be extremely hurtful to them if he allowed Sessions to move forward with this".
After a Wednesday morning meeting with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen.
Wolf said state officials are still working to determine the exact impact of Sessions' Thursday announcement.
That belief was strengthened by then-candidate Donald Trump's answer to a 9NEWS interview question in 2012, saying that the states should be left to decide marijuana policy for themselves.
In Sessions' memorandum, he cited statutes that "reflect Congress's determination that marijuana is a risky drug and that marijuana activity is a serious crime".
The federal government clearly has the legal authority to prosecute and punish sale or possession of marijuana under current law. But that can not keep the federal government from doing so.
Additionally, respondents believe fairly overwhelmingly that marijuana laws should not be determined at the federal level, with only 32 percent agreeing that federal law should rule the issue. Without a court order, the feds won't be able to arrest people complying with state marijuana laws.
Trump fans who use medical marijuana are also concerned they could lose access to treatment. State lawmakers merged our medical marijuana industry with the state's strict recreational system after the report was issued-and before Sessions sent his letter.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Lelling should instead use his limited resources to focus on the street drugs, in particular the powerful opioid fentanyl.
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