If you care about state rights, you should care about this issue.
The 2013 Cole memo, which followed a 2009 medical-only policy, directed prosecutors to focus on certain violations, such as selling marijuana to minors or trafficking marijuana across state lines, and leave alone state law-abiding businesses and individuals.
Sessions' newest guidance essentially rescinds Cole's 2013 guidance, calling marijuana a unsafe drug and a serious crime if used.
Sessions' act leaves many in politics wondering where states' rights end and medical and recreational users wondering what's next.
Municipalities in the state have been preparing for recreational marijuana sales and the federal government's recent position is confusing, Geoff Beckwith, executive director of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, told the Globe.
In just a couple of weeks, it will be up to Congress, not Attorney General Sessions, to decide whether medical marijuana keeps its protected status.
Also yesterday, Bennett said the exit of a major debit card payment processor from the MA medical marijuana industry could set up a safety risk for dispensaries that are now forced to only accept cash.
Surprising even marijuana advocates, for example, New Hampshire suddenly appears on track to decriminalize possession for personal use. Schedule I drugs must have no acceptable medical use, as marijuana surely does, and a high potential for abuse.
Peter Mlynarik's resignation from the Alaska Marijuana Control Board this past week highlights a basic issue of law and law enforcement.
Regardless of smoking history, 55 percent of Americans surveyed believe marijuana should be legal at both the state and federal levels.
And, in making those determinations, Sessions realizes that federal prosecutors must take into account "all relevant considerations, including federal law enforcement priorities set by the Attorney General, the seriousness of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community". "President Trump has recognized medical marijuana as an appropriate exception to federal enforcement policy", Hutchinson said, "but he's not said the same thing about recreational use".
Rep. Katherine Clark, who represents the state's 5th Congressional District, called the comments by Sessions on marijuana prosecutions "an absurd misallocation of already-scant federal resources better spent on providing immediate help for families caught in the grip of the opioid crisis".
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has been this nation's attorney general for a year now and, as 2018 gets underway, he is finally getting serious about the war on drugs. The primary argument for keeping marijuana illegal is that it is harmful.