Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

No marijuana policy changes after Gardner meets with Sessions

No marijuana policy changes after Gardner meets with Sessions

Sessions announced Thursday that he was rescinding the Cole Memo, which put boundaries on marijuana-related issues that USA attorneys would prosecute. In a tweet Tuesday, Warren said she's working on such legislation aimed at defending the ability of states to enforce their marijuana policies. However, the DOJ has eliminated the guidance that discouraged prosecutions, door-to-door raids and seizures, thus throwing the cannabis industry into uncertainty. "The United States Attorney's Office in Montana is guided by these principles in marijuana prosecutions - focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our citizens and communities".

Other Colorado legislators are also pushing for an amendment to the spending bill that would prevent the Department of Justice from spending money to prosecute legal state marijuana use. Marijuana businesses in states that permitted some form of lawful marijuana use took comfort under the Cole Memoranda that if they operated in accordance with state law, they would generally be free from federal criminal prosecution. Gardner spoke out against Session's decision to rescind the policy late last week.

The Cole Memorandum articulated eight specific priorities related to federal enforcement of marijuana-related conduct.

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"I am pursuing all ways of ensuring that states are allowed to regulate marijuana without interference from the federal government". That could put medical marijuana businesses and patients in CT at risk. Cory Gardner are still deadlocked in the battle over legal marijuana.

"As more states make known their support for the use of medical marijuana, or recreational use, Congress is going to have to figure out a way to reconcile state and federal law", the Lowell Democrat said in statement. The Rohrbacher-Farr Amendment was first introduced to Congress in 2001, but finally passed as a budget amendment in 2014.

"It's hard to predict what will happen, but the polling I've seen seems to be pretty significantly in favor of medical marijuana under the scheme that has been developed, and I think there's a very good chance that it passes in June". Rohrabacher-Farr (now known as Rohrabacher-Blumenauer, in honor of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who co-sponsored the amendment) is set to expire on January 19, 2018, if it is not renewed.

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Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., Rep. Coffman, R-Colo., Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., sent the letter together, and have been actively pursuing options to stop the Attorney General and Dept. of Justice from going after states, like Colorado, where marijuana is legal - both medical and recreational.

Rep. Niki Tsongas said while she didn't support the 2016 ballot question on marijuana it's clear that MA voters support full marijuana legalization.

The new scrutiny from the DOJ may already be having an effect on the industry where investors are becoming nervous about funding operations into states that recently legalized.

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