Georgia's General Assembly passed that state's medical marijuana law in 2015.
Yes, the policy was yet-another Obama-era action, reaffirming that Sessions and his boss came to Washington not with any new ideas for moving America forward, but only hellbent on eradication each and every move made by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.
American Attorney General Jeff Sessions has cancelled a federal policy that let American states legalize marijuana.
Legal experts cautioned against making hasty decisions - given that it remains to be seen whether Sessions and the U.S. Justice Department will unleash a widespread crackdown on state-legal marijuana industries. Bottom line - Justice officials say there's no safe harbor anymore.
"In states with legalized cannabis, as long as businesses are compliant, they'll be left alone".
This week's announcement that the U.S. Justice Department was ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana initially sent some in the industry into a tailspin, just days after California's $7 billion recreational weed market opened for business. California's went into effect earlier this week.
Among the guidance that Sessions rescinded was the so-called Ogden Memorandum of 2009 that instructed federal prosecutors not to pursue cases against medical marijuana patients and distributors who complied with state laws.
In a written statement Thursday, Sessions called the shift a "return to the rule of law" but he did not go as far as some advocates had feared he might, stopping short of explicitly directing more prosecutions, resources or other efforts to take down the industry as a whole. It's all kind of confusing, and that may be intentional.
And it did, as it has all too often since the man whose seat Jones now occupies-former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions-became Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Attorney General a year ago. Rescinding that policy will likely cause more confusion in the eight states that have legalized marijuana, as the substance has always been banned by the federal government.
One state, Colorado, reported about $500 million in taxes on weed sales between 2014 and a year ago; nearly half supported the state's public schools.
"If the federal government will impede states' ability to collect marijuana taxes, the states will sue the federal government, and I don't think the federal government can win this battle". "I'm a states person".
"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.
On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president's position hasn't changed - "but he does strongly believe that we have to enforce federal law". To hear her tell it, the Justice Department move simply gives prosecutors the tools to target large-scale distributors.
The Sessions memo did not distinguish between enforcement against marijuana used for recreational versus medicinal purposes.
In a briefing with reporters on Thursday, DOJ officials refused to answer questions about whether federal prosecutors would begin cracking down on marijuana dispensaries. What are you hearing there? Cory Gardner, a Republican whose state legalized pot in 2014. Colorado is among eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Fortunately, elected officials and law enforcement personnel hailing from legal-weed states have responded in unison to the Attorney General's move by inviting him, in the politest of terms, to eat shit. "This is a very bad thing and it's very unnecessary, considering what the president said publicly and that we are dealing with an opioid crisis right now", Don Murphy, who actually served as a delegate for Trump and volunteered on his campaign, told TAC.
Rohrabacher, in a conference call with reporters and four other members of Congress, said Sessions' move should galvanize national support for marijuana legalization. The District of Columbia also legalized the recreational use of marijuana, but not sales.
Gardner said he would take all steps necessary to fight the measure, including possibly holding up the Senate from voting on pending Justice Department nominees.