Paul Armentano of NORML on Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition

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Paul Armentano of NORML on Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition

It is unclear whether certain types of businesses will be targeted going forward, or whether federal prosecution of marijuana businesses operating in compliance with state law will increase.

Rizer and Blevins said marijuana comprised at least 50 percent of cartels' total revenue as recently as 2013, citing intelligence received from Mexican law enforcement.

Republicans scream from the mountaintop for states' rights, except for when they don't. The attorney general said prosecutors should use their own discretion, taking into consideration the department's limited resources, the seriousness of the crime and the deterrent effect that they could impose.

Regarding the Justice Department decision about legal marijuana use: Whatever happened to states' rights, the cornerstone of the administration's decisions regarding public lands, oil drilling and gun control (or lack thereof)? Because Connecticut does not have a mechanism to legalize marijuana with a ballot question, any resolution would have to pass through the legislature. Washington was among the first to allow medicinal marijuana; in 2012 voters agreed to authorize a state-regulated market for sales of recreational marijuana, too. States have been passing laws easing up on the prohibition against marijuana since 1973, when OR took the first plunge to decriminalize weed. "I think it's up to the states", Trump said at the time. "I understand a lot of people might support it in general, but the devil's really in the details". Where is the Sanders bill to declassify marijuana? Since 2011, the amount of marijuana seized crossing into the United States from Mexico has decreased by 66 percent - from 2.53 million pounds in 2011 to about 861,000 pounds in 2017.

Sessions' rescinding of the Obama administration's hands-off approach, though, has stirred unease in MA entrepreneurs gearing up for the July kickoff of reefer madness.

As the Drug Policy Alliance has shown, the criminalization regime and enforcement of keeping marijuana and others drugs illegal costs the USA government more than $50 billion annually-that includes the outrageous costs of imprisoning tens of thousands of people for nonviolent drug offenses. Marion said "That's not the issue in Louisiana". These memos served as smart federal legal guides to the rules of engagement for state-sanctioned marijuana markets that remain strictly illegal under federal law. Not one demographic group supports enforcing federal laws. When it comes to medical marijuana, 91 percent want it.

Numerous U.S. Senators, both Democrat and Republican, have issued statements or comments against Sessions' actions.

"Will it make people hesitant?"

It's a legislative cut and paste job that would take one of our elected officials five minutes to put together, and it would at least make it one step harder for the feds to get raid-happy on our parade. We have people here in East Tennessee who are now using this plant illegally. The agency has issued over 300 permits for California marijuana distributors, cultivators and, of course, retailers. Uruguay has legalized marijuana for all uses. The disaster declaration includes 13 initial initiatives in three broad areas: enhancing coordination and data collection to bolster state and local response, improving tools for families and first responders to save lives, and speeding up and expanding access to treatment.

Some towns have pushed back on the drug's legal sale within their lines.

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