Mayors in 10 U.S. states push again towards Trump's anti-cannabis crackdown

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The 2013 Cole memo told USA attorneys to stay away from prosecutions on marijuana charges as long as entities complied with state-run regulatory systems for medical or recreational use. Trump himself is no ardent drug warrior, having said as a candidate that he'd be fine with a federalist approach to enforcement in states where pot is legal. Paraguay now joins Mexico and the South American countries of Argentina, Chile, Columbia, and Peru in allowing medical marijuana.

The truth is, there is great potential in the treatment of a myriad of diseases with compounds found in medical marijuana.

Thanks to the numerous studies on the benefits of marijuana, the interest in using the psychoactive drug have grown widely.

North Dakota Sets Medical Marijuana Dispensary Regions. Hartford's city council approved last month a resolution in favor of legalizing and taxing marijuana. They were previously using a payment processing company that worked with a bank in MA where the us attorney says there's no guarantee medical marijuana operations won't be prosecuted. Indicating that marijuana may be replacing prescribed drugs that are known to have more significant side effects.

Washington's laws are much different when it comes to cannabis purchasing and possession limits.

One of those compounds in particular is cannabidiol, or CBD.

But instead, many of my colleagues have condemned the attorney general's actions, eager to toss aside basic constitutional principles simply because they disagree with the impact of adhering to the laws passed by Congress. My mandate now is to wisely regulate marijuana, not second-guess the will of the voters. On the West Coast, New Year's Day marked the first time Californians could legally buy pot without a prescription.

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For example, $3 million annually for five years will go to the Department of the California Highway Patrol for developing protocols to determine whether a motorist is impaired due to marijuana consumption. "I think he's going to see a lot of us come out and be even more vocal about our support for legal cannabis". While recreational sales of weed will certainly be beneficial to the economy, there are certain risks that need to be addressed.

That's why Attorney General Sessions is right to enforce marijuana statutes as written.

However, marijuana's influence on humans could be compared to that of alcohol and, in some opinions, should be handled the same way. More states are poised to jump on the legalization train in the near future.

Legal pot is rapidly losing its earlier stigma - but not with Sessions, a long-standing anti-weed zealot. Retail marijuana sales are expected to begin July 1 in the Bay State. It is quite different from the expectation of many that shops are not opening up left and right. The move for federal control comes just weeks after Republicans continued to jam a NRA-focused bill through Congress to allow hide carry permit holders to legally possess weapons in states with more strict gun laws than the state they reside in.

Stocks of publicly traded marijuana-related companies plunged Thursday after Sessions announced the Justice Department's new policy.

While the rollback does not appear to directly affect industrial hemp cultivation, which is included in the Farm Bill, it does add a stigma to hemp and and could be used to interfere with hemp-derived CBD and existing and proposed state agricultural and manufacturing programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Acts of both 2016 and 2017 include a provision that disallows the use of federal funds "to prohibit the transportation, processing, sale, or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance with the [Farm Bill] within or outside the State in which the industrial hemp was grown".

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