Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ron Paul says Jeff Sessions should resign

Ron Paul says Jeff Sessions should resign

Consider the new guidance on marijuana that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal.

"Federal law normally trumps state law, so a violation of a federal criminal statute could result in significant penalties including imprisonment, even if the act is lawful under state law", Gostin told Men's Health.

However, Troyer landed his job when the previous Obama appointed USA attorney stepped down.

Insane volatility hit the cannabis markets last week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions shifted the Department of Justice's stance toward on pot.

Attorney General Sessions' decision could potentially be damaging to dozens of Nevada communities, such as Mesquite, that benefit from the revenue marijuana generates.

Political leaders in OR and Washington state also condemned the shift.

In Colorado, where the state pocketed more than $500 million in marijuana tax revenue past year, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said the Obama-era memo "was foundational in guiding states' efforts to regulate the production and distribution of marijuana".

Reactions to the news from within the adult-use (recreational) medical cannabis industry have been mixed - everything from "meh" to the sky is falling.

Terrible shortcomings in Washington's mental-health system, for instance, cry out for the impassioned response and spotlight that Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson gave to Trump's latest offense.

"With the exception of the medicinal use, think of it as you would with alcohol", she said.

Justice Department officials on Thursday refused to say whether the goal was to crack down on dispensaries, or whether to just sow confusion to stall the growth of the marijuana industry.

That's not absurd. It could be argued, along Sessions's lines, that the Obama approach of holding back from marijuana enforcement was a policy in search of a constitutional justification.

When U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions green-lighted federal prosecutions of marijuana lawbreakers, the vast majority of U.S. states that allow some form of medical marijuana were unexpectedly placed at risk of a crackdown and are warily watching developments.

"Our initial take on the news that AG Sessions is rescinding the Cole Memo is that such rescission will in a vacuum allow local U.S. Attorneys to decide to prosecute people and businesses violating the Controlled Substance Act, whether or not they are acting in accordance with a robust regulatory state regime", said Mitchell Kulick, a partner at Feuerstein Kulick, a NY law firm specializing in the cannabis industry.

If a state says it's legal to use, grow, and sell marijuana both recreationally and medicinally, what right does the federal government have to disagree? He has referred to marijuana as a "dangerous drug" on more than one occasion. He viewed "previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement (as) unnecessary".

Sessions has blamed the illegal use of marijuana and heroin for rising violence in America. The marijuana industry is already measured at 7.9 billion dollars and the DOJ position threatens that growth.

The Obama administration instated a policy that decreased federal intervention in states that legalized the drug if they agreed to keep it out of the hands of minors and help battle trafficking. It would remove marijuana as a Schedule I drug, and end federal prosecution for marijuana offenses in states that have approved marijuana legalization.

Marijuana is still illegal federally.

Mr. Rohrabacher said AG Sessions' move should galvanize national support for marijuana legalization.

A press release from Sessions' office called the move to rescind the Cole memo a "return to the rule of law".

There is a misleading headline in Friday's Tribune, "AG Sessions cracks down on legal pot".

An increasing number of states, meanwhile, have legalized marijuana. Alaska allows recreational marijuana use.

Redmond Mayor George Endicott said Friday the city has an ordinance that says it can not give licenses to businesses that violate state or federal law.

Wooden cited a 2015 study conducted by the travel and hospitality marketing firm MMGY Global that found the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and OR was likely to have minimal impact on leisure travelers' interest in visiting those states.

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