In the meantime, I hope Attorney General Sessions will recognize the detrimental impact his action will have on voter choice across the country and move to restore the Cole memorandum as official Department of Justice enforcement policy. Colorado is well into its experiment, and it's one that seems to be working quite well. In fact, he and Trump align on most issues.
"Ferguson also said the medical marijuana system could be in peril because of the Trump administration move".
And for taking this stand, Gardner is being hailed by some as, well, bold.
The new US attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in mid-December, called marijuana "a unsafe drug" in his statement on Sessions' action.
"Cory didn't look for a fight in either case".
But the change will undoubtedly create some confusion and an uneven landscape, said John Walsh, the former US attorney for Colorado appointed by Obama who left the office in 2016.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions sowed confusion into the legal cannabis industry Thursday when he rescinded a series of Obama-era legal memos that had widely been interpreted as giving state-licensed marijuana businesses a pass from federal prosecutors.
Thursday's announcement was met by strong bipartisan criticism across the country, from attorneys general and governors to members of Congress anxious about the impact on jobs and states' rights. Elizabeth Warren, who called on Congress to act immediately to protect marijuana laws in MA and other states.
"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.
While Colorado defies any party label, it has a strong libertarian streak.
The politics of pot has left states divided. In the late summer, conservative Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin called him passive and cowering. "You could easily wind up with a very different approach in different areas".
Owner Matt Lucero says Buddy's already sees annual revenue in the tens of millions selling medical marijuana.
Many politicians, including Republicans, have cast Sessions' move as an infringement on states' rights. "He put a lot of people in a bad spot". Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., pointed to Gardner's outspokenness as a sign that there could a budding bipartisan coalition to resist the directive, which Van Hollen also opposes. "Cancer doesn't ask if you're a Republican or a Democrat".
Brent Kenyon, a consultant who helps advise and establish recreational marijuana businesses in OR, said his phone had been ringing all Thursday with calls from anxious clients.
"This is happening at a time when real institutional money and actors are starting to play in this space, and now those guys are going to go right back to the sidelines", Pollara said.
"I'm surprised it took this long", said Hezekiah Allen, who represents the California Growers Association, a statewide trade association.
But the 64,000 Floridians who are registered to receive medical marijuana need not to worry about getting in trouble from federal enforcement, advocates and state lawmakers say. "We're not going to be running out of anything". One in five Coloradans is Hispanic. Dick Durbin's legislation that would make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program permanent.
Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives". "I think it's up to the states, yeah". In 2016, voters backed Initiative 182, which removed some additional restrictions the Montana Legislature had added to the medical marijuana program.
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