That's when the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, a budgetary measure prohibiting the use of federal funds to arrest or prosecute people who abide by state regulations in states that have legalized medical marijuana, is scheduled to expire.
Also last week, Sessions announced the appointment of Dayle Elieson of Texas to come to Nevada to serve as interim USA attorney. To date, 29 states and the District of Columbia have allowed marijuana to be possessed or distributed under certain circumstances without criminal consequences.
As of this writing, there are no publicly reported cases of federal crackdowns on dispensaries, cultivation facilities or manufacturers in states where such marijuana-related activities are lawful under state law, but the DOJ has now eliminated the guidance that discouraged the prosecutions, door-to-door raids and seizures most in the industry feared.
Cory Gardner met Wednesday morning with U.S. Attorney General regarding their disagreement over marijuana policy. We would agree. We also would argue that Congress should revisit more of its laws, revising those in need of an update and eliminating those that have outlived their objective.
The U.S. attorney for Oregon, Billy Williams, said last week that the enforcement priorities listed in the Cole memo would continue to be the priorities of his office, but it's unclear if or for how long that stance will satisfy his superiors. "But we can't lose sight of the fact that Sessions is merely a symptom of a larger problem on Capital Hill".
The U.S. attorney's office declined to respond to Bennett's remarks yesterday.
In a January 4 press announcement, Coffman urged Sessions to read the Commerce Clause in the U.S. Constitution, which limits the power of the federal government to regulate interstate and intrastate commerce.
The sentiment that Sessions was undoing the will of the president carried through in Tuesday's letter.
The decision comes only a few days after California-the country's most populous state-legalized pot for recreational use for adults 21 and older.
And Sessions, as it turns out, may be turning into the focus of marijuana advocates' frustrations, as only 14 percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of him, while 47 percent see him unfavorably and 37 percent say they don't know enough about him to form an opinion.
In 2013, then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole issued a guidance that changed marijuana enforcement following state ballot initiatives that legalized the possession of a small amount of marijuana.
According to Reuters, congressional queries regarding the policy shift weren't answered by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which was reportedly caught off guard by the decision. "I do not want Arkansas to become a recreational use state".
In Alabama, both medical and recreational cannabis are illegal, but it is one of 18 states with "CBD-only" laws.
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