Are there certain industries that are more likely to enforce zero-tolerance policies for marijuana? If the federal government fights sellers and individuals using marijuana in states where it's been legalized, "it could be a costly and time-consuming" battle, Allen says.
"I couldn't immunize people through the policy, but it did give them a level of comfort that was enough for them to say, if I behave, we're basically going to be OK", Cole said.
Unfortunately, many vets will have no choice but to turn back to opioids if the Trump administration unleashes the DEA on states that have legalized medical marijuana. Others have only legalized it for medical purposes. The new memo directs all U.S. Attorneys to enforce the laws enacted by Congress in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits the cultivation, distribution, and possession of marijuana. So, does the Federal government. "This is costing people their lives", he said. Yet our nation's top leaders have been almost useless in forming a coherent strategy to combat the opioid plague.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions kicked off the New Year by reversing the Obama-era guidance for federal prosecutors to limit their enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. The original Obama administration memo Sessions rescinded urged the federal government to leave policing marijuana to the states unless it involved gangs, minors or sales across state lines.
Both mayors said they believe marijuana should be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to something less risky. "It might also result in greater use of less effective and more addictive medications such as opioids", Gostin says. Or we can resume a particularly futile chapter of this nation's war on drugs.
Whether to crack down on marijuana in states where it is legal is a decision that will now rest with those states' top federal prosecutors, many of whom are deeply rooted in their communities and may be reluctant to pursue cannabis businesses or their customers.
Morgan Fox, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, told the Journal on Friday that federal prosecutors are unlikely to target medical marijuana. The Drug Enforcement Administration "is run out of Washington, and while they are supposed to serve states' attorneys general, the DEA doesn't need their permission to do anything in those districts".
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy said limited federal resources should be spent to address more important issues. "It also creates uncertainty and confusion for businesses, patients, and customers who are following the law".
"Never underestimate the power of hundreds of millions of people who want to buy cannabis", said Troy Dayton, CEO of the Arcview Group, an Oakland, California-based venture capital firm specializing in the marijuana market.
In December, Oregon Sen.
Along with Colorado, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Maine and Masachussetts and in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Another 21 USA states permit the use of marijuana for medical reasons.
"The failure to do so will invite chaos, which will do more to harm public safety than to restrict legal marijuana".
Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives. We permit high risk all the time", he continued. The amendment has been renewed each year since. That amendment was nearly eliminated in last year's budget negotiations, however.
In early September, the House leadership blocked a vote that would have allowed Mr. Rohrabacher's amendment to be included in legislation. The Cole's memo had addressed the initiative taken by the Washington and Colorado to Ballot - initiate the legalization of the Recreational marijuana.
These companies are regulated much differently by the government.
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