Other View: Let the states set marijuana policy

California predicts 1M pounds of marijuana sales in first year

"So that is manifest injustice on its face", Garrett said. "There are meetings going on". We will continue to monitor developments as they become available.

Sessions wants the decades-old federal law, which lists marijuana in the same unsafe and potentially deadly category as heroin - and more risky than crack cocaine and fentanyl - upheld by his force of federal prosecutors. In any case, pot provided a significant amount of cash for the organizations. Sessions' action thus runs counter to the wishes of the majority of the people in the most populous US state, as well the people of the 28 other states (and D.C.) that have legalized some form of marijuana use. A crackdown north of the border would likely put more money in the hands of the cartels - which would bring more instability to Mexico. In 2017 the administration blindsided the Defense Department with a decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military. "It's going to be significantly more volatile in our estimation".

Under Sessions' new guidelines, federal prosecutors in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal will decide if and when to enforce federal laws prohibiting its use. For many people, it's no secret that cannabis can act as a sort of miracle drug, but does that mean it should be sold for recreational use also? And while it's hard to pin exact numbers on cartel activity and revenue, border seizures provide some imperfect insights.

In short, the citizens of Florida have overwhelmingly supported the use of medical marijuana under controlled and regulated circumstances. Now, Congress has a duty to act, rather than taking the politically comfortable position of sniping at Attorney General Sessions from the sidelines. Douglas County keeps commercial marijuana away from their county's young people, while we legitimize it and make it more accessible to at-risk youth in low income communities like North Las Vegas.

The public affairs office for the Mexican embassy in the US declined comment for this story. The bill would legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older. I don't tolerate most medications. Potential investors who are not yet involved in the industry will be reluctant to invest in the industry.

The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program established by the state intends to move forward with its work as well.

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"There's a lot of production in the USA outside of recreational markets", Kilmer said.

Robert Solomon, emeritus professor at Western University's faculty of law who specializes in drug and alcohol issues, said the rescission of the memo changes very little from a legal perspective.

Sessions is unlikely to bother medical marijuana markets for now because of a budget amendment originally passed in 2014 that prevents the Justice Department from using federal funds to target medical markets. But with that prohibition set to expire January 19, it may all go up in smoke. Sessions has called for repealing it, saying the mattershould be left to DOJ.

So far, there isn't evidence that legalized marijuana sales are "leaking" in harmful quantifies from pot-legal states into pot-prohibition states. Phones ringing off the hook, higher need for more employees and a necessity for security are all major realities for new shops selling California marijuana to people who once needed a medical card or a dealer. So why the backlash on legalizing marijuana? Stop blaming the law enforcer and start changing the law.

Michael Weiner and Joeseph Lynyak are partners at the global law firm Dorsey & Whitney.

"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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