AG Jeff Sessions on pot

Jeff Sessions is tainted in the eyes of Donald Trump

In a statement released January 4, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rollback of a policy dating back to former President Barack Obama's administration.

Marijuana is legal for adult recreational use in eight states.

NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) has been at the forefront of the fight to end the Drug War, and end federal law which classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, in the same category as such substances as heroin. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store.

"I don't think there was anything new in the discussion yesterday about (Sessions') position, other than he doesn't think that he's changed anything", Gardner said.

Republicans scream from the mountaintop for states' rights, except for when they don't. Not one demographic group supports enforcing federal laws.

The country needs to "tap the brakes" on commercialized marijuana. A Sacred Heart University poll last October found 70 percent of CT residents either "strongly" or "somewhat" support legalizing the drug for adults and taxing it. It comes as legalization of marijuana is at an all-time high in popularity with Republicans.

About $40.6 billion was spent on marijuana in the 2010, before any states legalized recreational marijuana, according to the nonpartisan RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

"The announcement was largely symbolic", said Patrick Moen, general counsel of Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that invests in marijuana businesses.

We will see many fewer after the Islamic Republic approved reforms.

It is the hypocrisy that really stands out here, however. He has further indicated his intentions to prosecute these businesses in an effort to rollback the expansion of legal marijuana.

Jeff Sessions is tainted in the eyes of Donald Trump

The main effect of Sessions' action is to cause uncertainty, which will disrupt the newly burgeoning legal pot markets in states like Colorado and California. Sessions' action thus runs counter to the wishes of the majority of the people in the most populous U.S. state, as well the people of the 28 other states (and D.C.) that have legalized some form of marijuana use. Various newspaper editorials painted Sessions as a "lifelong anti-drug crusader" who ignores medical science and doesn't realize how fighting the deadly opioid epidemic has already stretched his team of federal prosecutors to the limit.

"This is a straightforward rule of law issue", Lelling said in a statement.

"If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35 percent tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the USA economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year", New Frontier CEO Giadha Aguirre De Carcer told the Washington Post. "Repealing the 2014 Guidance could also hinder efficient use of law enforcement resources".

"Will it make people hesitant?" All together, 109 level I, large grower applications were received by the state, along with 76 level II, small grower applications. They don't want pot shops and "grow" operations in their towns and neighborhoods, or near their schools and homes.

"But the people who are willing to test the waters are the ones who will show us the benefits of legalization", he added. The agency has issued over 300 permits for California marijuana distributors, cultivators and, of course, retailers.

CT legalized medical marijuana in 2014, and today there are 22,348 people allowed to use the drug and 807 physicians allowed to prescribe it, according to the Department of Consumer Protection.

Washington state legislators didn't stop with the voter initiative.

Some towns have pushed back on the drug's legal sale within their lines.

But rather than look for sound science-based evidence - or even to promote the federal study of pot use and how to regulate markets sensibly - Sessions is trying to undermine a new multibillion-dollar industry. However, he did note the number of new investors in the cannabis industry in recent years now that local laws allow more for-profit companies to enter into the market.

In 2013 President Obama's Justice Department issued the Cole Memorandum essentially instructing federal prosecutors to lay off prosecuting marijuana offenses in most case.

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