Pot industry shrugs off new Trump administration policy

Pot industry shrugs off new Trump administration policy

Many in the industry said they're keeping a wait-and-see attitude because the effect of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement depends on whether federal prosecutors crack down on marijuana businesses operating legally under state laws.

"The decision to rescind the Cole and Wilkinson memos undermines Nevada's $622 million dollar industry, threatens almost $1 billion in new investments, and jeopardizes thousands of new jobs and more than $60 million dollars in tax revenue for the State". He later became a career state and federal prosecutor who has spoken favorably of a previous federal marijuana crackdown.

A memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinding the directives of what's known as the "Cole Memo" had many in the U.S. cannabis industry on edge. I think its safer that way. An additional 17 states allow use of marijuana products for medical reasons in limited situations or as a legal defense, she said.

While many states have decriminalized or legalized marijuana use, the drug is still illegal under federal law, creating a conflict between federal and state law.

Some Republican and Democratic governors of coastal states have spoken in opposition to Trump's plan announced this week, to allow oil drilling in the Arctic and off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

The new law "specifically does not change the legal status between employers and employees when it comes to drug testing and employment", said Tamar Todd, legal affairs director for Drug Policy Alliance, a national drug law reform group that supported the 2016 passage of Proposition 64, which legalized the sale of recreational marijuana in California.

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"For some, they may be using cannabis for medicinal purposes and if so, then we need to be mindful of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the California component of that", Flores said. "And we permit high risk all the time".

Responses from senators on Capitol Hill came swiftly. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennett, along with every political figure in Washington, Denver, and all points in between, issued scathing criticisms of the move.

Rohrabacher said a better, more permanent solution is a bill he submitted past year that amends the Controlled Substances Act so it doesn't apply to people who produce, possess or deliver marijuana in compliance with state marijuana laws.

Reactions to the news from within the adult-use (recreational) medical cannabis industry have been mixed - everything from "meh" to the sky is falling. The state is expected to approve marijuana cultivation in four sites and eight zones with four dispensaries for a total of 32 retailers. Obviously this is outdated, and Congress needs to do its part by removing marijuana from Schedule I. But nothing is stopping Sessions in the meantime from accepting scientific facts.

Additionally, the protection for medical marijuana disappears if the amendment is not renewed. He said that the policy the federal government has had in Colorado to only go after large illegal traffickers and manufacturers will not change. It is past time to stop this cruel folly and allow states to treat marijuana as they see fit, without threat of heavy-handed federal interference.

"If they're going to drop those priorities and just say: "OK, we catch somebody smoking a joint and we're going to bust them" or 'We're going into a business that's legal under state law, but illegal under federal law, and take it down, ' that's wrong-headed", Frosh said. Sessions' action thus runs counter to the wishes of the majority of the people in the most populous USA state, as well the people of the 28 other states (and D.C.) that have legalized some form of marijuana use. Of course, this is a wonderful clickbait headline, but when you actually read the article you find that he was referencing marijuana suppliers as typically being small businesses.

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