California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is not happy with U.S. Attorney General Sessions' recent marijuana enforcement memo rescinding Obama administration guidance that enabled states to legalize marijuana without federal intervention.
Sillitoe said he doesn't expect prosecutors to start banging down his doors. "It's probably going to make people a little bit more cautious and it's going to cause some fights, but I think this is sort of the last fight that the prohibitionists may be putting up".
While many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law.
"The 10th Amendment says what it says", he said, noting that as a conservative he's been able to appeal to other Republicans on states' rights grounds alone.
Seems like we've all just got to ask ourselves.what would Snoop Dogg do?
"This is a direct betrayal of President Trump's campaign promise, which he made in Colorado", Kopel told TAC on Thursday.
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And we want to fix that. "We feel emboldened in this moment to stand together in a thick, black line". In a statement Sunday, the advocates say they were inspired by the Time's Up initiative.
Sessions' new memo does not explicitly set forth how prosecutors should treat medical marijuana, though a senior Justice official explained that prosecutors wouldn't do anything contrary to any current federal law.
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"We really need Congress to take action so that Sessions no longer has the authority to decide whether or not the federal government should interfere in state level marijuana laws", said Matt Schweich, MPP interim executive director.
Recreational marijuana just became legal in California earlier this week, and it already looks like things might be going up in smoke.
According to Brown Oregon's marijuana industry has created over 19,000 jobs since it was legalized in 2015.
Most state and local officials are waiting to see what happens next, if anything.
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Alex Levine, one of the owners of Green Dragon Cannabis Co., said that like much of marijuana industry, his company has kept a close eye on Sessions and what he may have planned for legal pot.
The Cole memorandum states, "The department's guidance in this memorandum rests on its expectation that states and local governments that have enacted laws authorizing marijuana-related conduct will implement strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems that will address the threat that those state laws could pose to public safety, public health and other law enforcement interests".
But at Green Dragon, Levine said the move won't cause any changes and they won't slow growth plans or scale back any operations. His legislation has support on both sides of the aisle, he insists, but members who oppose it have kept it from coming to a floor vote.
But since taking office and appointing Sessions as Attorney General, Trump's been silent on the issue of marijuana.
The industry's economic contributions means it would be hard to do away with, he said.
Former Republican Maryland state delegate Don Murphy, who now works in conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the AG's move, presumably sanctioned by Trump, is odd considering the populist wave in favor of decriminalizing marijuana across the country-not only in blue states, but places like Arkansas, the first Bible Belt state to legalize medical marijuana, and with 53 percent of the vote.
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