What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

The Sessions memo did not distinguish between enforcement against marijuana used for recreational versus medicinal purposes. Liberals and conservatives alike hold their policy commitments more deeply than any federalist principles, and they invoke those principles as weapons of convenience in their fights over policy. "This is about public health", she said in a statement.

"At the Oregon Department of Justice we will continue to make sure Oregon's marijuana industry thrives under our carefully considered state regulatory requirements".

If agreement is not reached on the overall bill by that date, the government will shut down. They said it trampled on the rights of voters in those states and created uncertainty about how strictly federal drugs laws will be enforced.

Experts say they think the multi-billion dollar business now legal in some form in a majority of states is too large to bust. "After all, this is 2018 not the 20th century", California state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said.

Here's how the Sessions memo affects five areas of Colorado's legal marijuana field. And Sessions is giving broad discretion to US attorneys to decide how aggressively to enforce marijuana law, among all the other demands on their time and limited resources. In November, Sessions named him the interim US attorney.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scrapping Obama-era guidelines that essentially removed marijuana from the list of federal drug enforcement priorities as more states legalized it.

States and localities - not federal prosecutors - would be responsible for low-level pot dealing and use, one of Cole's memos said.

As with purchasing and possessing, the federal government could come after you even if you follow Colorado growing rules to the letter of the law - but also as with purchasing and possession, that would be viewed as a waste of resources.

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The marijuana landscape has shifted dramatically since those memos, the latest of which was authored in 2013.

The long-dreaded fear of a federal crackdown on marijuana sales in states that legalized the drug is alive and well. Legalization has given a shot in the arm to the industry, attracting investors looking to cash in on the green-rush scramble. Sessions is leaving it up to federal prosecutors in states that allow its sale and use to decide whether to crack down on the marijuana trade.

"There needs to be a difference of view between medical marijuana and recreational use of marijuana", Governor Asa Hutchinson said.

The memo refers to the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, where cannabis is classified as a drug in the same category as heroin. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment now protects state-compliant medical marijuana patients, caregivers and businesses from federal persecution, but it is only in effect until January 19; after that it will be reconsidered by a House-Senate conference committee.

Acting Supreme Court Justice W. Brooks DeBow rejected the companies' contention that the law enabling medical marijuana production in the state meant to restrict the number of companies to five.

But Henry Wykowski, a San Francisco attorney who represents leaders in the marijuana industry, said Sessions' action would encourage lawlessness.

Justice Antonin Scalia, concurring in the decision, started from the premise that the federal government has the power to prohibit commerce in marijuana among the states. "Attorney General Sessions has chose to use the power of the federal government to attack the ability of states to decide their own laws".

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