US Attorney: A call for transparency and action on marijuana (Guest opinion)

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The poll comes just one week after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions unraveled Obama-era guidelines instructing federal agencies to defer to states' policies on marijuana.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions outraged the legal cannabis industry last week when he rescinded the Cole Memo, which allowed states to implement their own marijuana laws without fear of federal interference. There are, what, more than 30 states that have either decriminalized it in some way, either legalizing medical marijuana with a doctor's recommendation or out-and-out agreeing to make it legal for recreational use?

A law-and-order Attorney General who stands in stark contrast to his lawless predecessors Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder and who has made it one of his missions to go after sanctuary cities for ignoring federal immigration laws was never going to maintain an official policy of doing the same for marijuana.

There's more to this story - read it at the Denver Business Journal.

Last Friday, U.S. Sen.

In Connecticut, lawmakers have yet to legalize marijuana's recreational use. A landlord renting to a marijuana-related business might well have his rental property seized by the feds, should a federal attorney emboldened by Sessions' renewed anti-marijuana crusade be inclined to press the issue. Is the medical marijuana industry vulnerable? That includes workers at all ends of the marijuana supply chain, from farmers to transporters to sellers.

Dr. Jay Marion works at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport and is on the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Advisory Board.

Finance staffers consulted with their counterparts in Colorado, Washington and other states where marijuana is already legal to arrive at their estimates, said H.D. Palmer, a department spokesman.

"I realize this may be an unfashionable belief in a time of growing tolerance of drug use". Retail marijuana sales are expected to begin July 1 in the Bay State.

Sessions announced the change Thursday when a blizzard shut down federal and state offices and schools throughout the state.

"Because we have a very robust market in California, nearly everyone knows someone down the street where the cost of cannabis is considerably lower, " he said. "Although we can not predict what decisions the federal government will agree to, our legislature will continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of all Ohioan's throughout the state". Congress: Seize the moment and legalize marijuana.

Since California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1996, we now have 29 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical use of cannabis and eight that allow recreational use. I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. "This may raise significant public safety issues and make it harder to ensure that businesses are complying with state laws and regulations-which is the exact opposite intended effect of the 2018 Guidance".

"We have a Constitution to protect people from the federal government", Republican Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minnesota, a Trump voter, said in an interview. However, that same study Sessions referenced ran through 2016, and it actually reported an overall 13 percent reduction in those under the age of 18 using marijuana.

Calling Session's decision "a step backward for sensible, positive cannabis reform", Nelson Guerrero, Co-Founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), said rescinding the Cole Memorandum "threatens patients' access to life-saving medication and thwarts restoration of communities most impacted by cannabis prohibition, while jeopardizing the careers of over 150,000 full-time cannabis industry employees and the collection of billions of dollars in valuable tax revenues".

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