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Sessions announced last week that he was rescinding an Obama-era policy that allowed states to legalize marijuana despite a federal ban; instead, enforcement of the prohibition will be up to the discretion of individual us attorneys, the attorney general said.

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission", Sessions said in a Department of Justice press release issued last week. Marijuana was reaffirmed as a Schedule 1 unsafe drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. Under the earlier law, possession of 5 kilograms of opium of 30 grams of heroin merited the death sentence; under the new law, it will take 50 kilos of opium or 2 kilos of heroin. Banks and insurance companies refuse to do business with cannabis companies because marijuana is illegal under federal law and most financial institutions are federally insured, forcing marijuana businesses to operate in cash.

Maybe it's the process of attaining a permit from the state and clearing all the red tape from localities, or maybe it's the fear of breaking laws that deter the opening of marijuana retail shops. He is a state employee, but his jurisdiction does not cover federal issues. More recent figures are not available, according to co-director Beau Kilmer, though a report on the White House's National Drug Control Strategy in 2016 said 10.2 percent of the USA population, more than 32 million people, have used marijuana. Quinnipiac also asked how people view Jeff Sessions. Sometimes they kill people. "I supported federal policy under the Obama administration", he said. Canadians who cross the border and attempt to purchase the drug should be wary, said Solomon. "He's going to hold his position for now, I'm going to hold my position". It's quite clear it's a federal criminal offence and the penalties are extremely high. While hard-line law enforcement types may applaud the action, there seems to be little support anywhere else.

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Eugene Oscapella, Oscapella & Associates Consulting Ltd. "And that was probably one of the reasons the legislation didn't go through". As reported by public radio station WOSU, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Ben Glassman, does not intend to change his approach, stating that he will focus his office on where he can, "Make the biggest impact in reducing harm and promoting public safety". "With Canada fully legalizing cannabis in July, it will be interesting to see if U.S. cannabis companies simply move to Canada or whether pressure from having a legal cannabis industry on the USA border will force the federal government to liberalize its policies", Weiner says.

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Calling Session's decision "a step backward for sensible, positive cannabis reform", Nelson Guerrero, Co-Founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), said rescinding the Cole Memorandum "threatens patients' access to life-saving medication and thwarts restoration of communities most impacted by cannabis prohibition, while jeopardizing the careers of over 150,000 full-time cannabis industry employees and the collection of billions of dollars in valuable tax revenues". "But clearly what he did (last week) was, I don't think, the same commitment that he gave us prior to (his) confirmation".

Legalizing marijuana nationwide would create more than one million new jobs within the next decade, a new study says. "It's their sovereign right as a nation to say things like if you have blue eyes we don't want you to enter the country", he said. "The federal government should not interfere with the will of the people". "There's going to be more incentive for organized crime to supply the American market", he said. Six pot shops confirmed they were selling recreational marijuana Saturday after receiving their state licenses the day before.

First, the revenue will be used to cover costs of administrating and enforcing the measure. "We've just had an announcement".

"The Governors and Attorneys General from Colorado, Washington, California and other states have already declared they will fight any attempt by Jeff Sessions that would violate their states' rights as well as the will of the voters", said Rudder, a former Republican state legislator, mayor, veteran and current government affairs executive.

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