Coffman rebukes Sessions on marijuana enforcement policy


Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, and dozens of states have approved medical cannabis.

While Washington state's political leaders shared their disappointment in Sessions' announcement with compatriots in Colorado, Alaska and Oregon, Ferguson made sure to point out that Sessions' announcement was to be expected, and that Washington state legalized marijuana before the Cole memorandum was authored in 2013.

This comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that shielded businesses in states that had legalized marijuana.

"We strongly urge the Department to reinstate the Cole Memorandum in order to ensure the Department is acting to uphold the will of Colorado voters and the rights of the states to regulate intrastate commerce". Unlike others, we embrace, not fear, change.

Across the aisle from the Republican governor, the Democratic speaker of the house said Monday that Lelling's statement brings uncertainty to the entrepreneurs and investors who are compliant with MA law.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ramping up federal enforcement of marijuana laws.

But there is hope that Sessions' action will light a fire under efforts by the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, a bipartisan group of pro-legalization lawmakers established previous year.

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"California has four different U.S. Attorneys, one in each quadrant of the state", he said, "and they could develop different (cannabis) policies in the four different parts of California".

The top prosecutor in MA issued a memo Monday saying he could not guarantee his office wouldn't get involved in the Bay State's marijuana trade.

However, with Sessions' latest move, Louisiana is uncertain about the future of its program.

When asked if the Nevada Legislature would have an appetite for ordering an end to in-state law enforcement cooperation with federal enforcement of marijuana law, Clark County Sen. They were reminded to continue working with federal authorities and agencies in other states in targeting the illegal trafficking of controlled substances.

Colorado, which in 2014 became the first USA state to legalize recreational use of the drug, collected $226.2 million in marijuana-related taxes, licenses and fees in the first 11 months of 2017, according to state data.

"While it is far from a done deal, I am hopeful that we can attach language to the government funding bill to protect legalized recreational and medical marijuana", Polis said Tuesday. Louisiana is trying to enact medical cannabis policy, and according to the governor, 70 percent of his state's residents support this undertaking. The attitudes of the American people on pot are clear. Oh and by the way, you don't have to be a pot user - or even approve of pot use - to be critical of the decision.

"There are many reasons to be puzzled by the move and to disapprove of it".