California Commissioner Condemns Session's Move Against Legal Pot

Sessions to rescind Obama-era marijuana policy

So either Trump lied about protecting marijuana laws and actually wants to crackdown or he just doesn't care about the issue and is just letting Sessions do whatever he wants.

The memo also protected states from federal prosecution under the controlled substance act.

"What I think may happen is people who otherwise kept their heads down are going to have to stand up and speak out", charged Murphy. Purchasing and possessing pot products is still legal in Colorado and other states that have regulated it.

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.

He later told the Aurora Sentinel the announcement was an additional hurdle, particularly for the issue of banking, and "cement (s) the status quo".

The Aurora congressman said he is working with Boulder Rep. Jared Polis' office on writing a letter to the Justice Department.

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"Opening the door to go after legal marijuana businesses ignores the will of the majority of Americans and marks yet another socially unjust and economically backward scheme from this administration", Wyden said. Colorado has a new statewide plant-count limit (the cap of twelve applies to everyone including medical patients, unless they receive a plant-count extension from the state), but it falls to local and state law enforcement officials to enforce that.

Republican U.S. Rep. Don Young on Thursday ripped the U.S. Department of Justice over a shift toward tougher marijuana enforcement, calling the move a "direct violation of states' rights".

The U.S. attorney for Colorado took office in August 2016 after former President Barack Obama's appointee stepped down. Trump could nominate a replacement at any time or decide to keep Troyer, a career prosecutor and attorney.

Sessions' move also infuriated Republican U.S. Sen.

Hutchinson said he believes Sessions decision to repeal the Obama-era memo is heavily aimed toward states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana.

The author of the Obama administration's policy, James Cole, told the AP it was meant to put states on notice that they had to regulate the industry and the federal government would still prosecute cases that threatened public safety.

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Lessar said, "The way I understand it the government just wants to be more involved in crimes like exporting and selling to children, which is not something I would necessarily be against, but we hear changes every day so it's still uncertain".

In a press conference yesterday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about President Trump's opinion on Sessions' decision. He said he plans to reach out to other lawmakers from Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state to seek congressional protection for pot programs.

Patrick McCarthy, spokesman for the NY cannabis association, sidestepped a question on how revocation of the Obama-era memos would affect medical marijuana providers, practitioners and patients.

But, in his one-page memo, Sessions said that federal law prohibits the possession and sale of marijuana. She said the businesses could argue that the federal government allowed the marketplace to flourish and is now improperly changing direction.

Trump had said that he would respect voters' rights in places that have elected to modify their drug laws.

The state's former "marijuana czar", Andrew Freedman, said Sessions' only point was to create confusion but that the Justice Department can not force states to make pot illegal. "I can't sit here and say whether it will or will not lead to more marijuana prosecutions", the official continued. And there are 20 dispensaries in the state, the association said.

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