Pot industry shrugs off new Trump administration policy

  • Pot industry shrugs off new Trump administration policy

Pot industry shrugs off new Trump administration policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a five-year-old policy that gave states cover - as they legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes - from federal laws that technically consider any marijuana use and distribution to be a crime. States which allow recreational marijuana would lack this protection, though.

In a memo, Sessions asked federal lawyers to consider the seriousness of the crime and its impact "in deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws".

Paradoxically, cracking down on these elements should strengthen licensed, reporting businesses in states where marijuana has legality.

In other important orders that Session had nullified were the 2013's Cole Memo, which was placed in effect by the Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole - of Obama administration.

Several members of Nevada congress have come forth in defiance of the resolution. While Gardner himself opposed legalization of recreational marijuana in his home state, his understanding of the principles of states' rights and federalism prompted him to take the administration to task for the change of course. "These reported actions are an insult to Nevada voters, an affront to states' rights, and a threat to our local economy".

The marijuana market in states that allow medical or recreational use is estimated at around $6 billion and projected to increase to $9 billion by the end of 2018, and there are about 4,500 medical and recreational shops across the country, according to the New York Times.

But what's the likelihood that individual US attorneys from the 94 federal districts in the USA will actually make marijuana enforcement a priority?

Now, as Jeff Sessions shakes up the US pot market, I expect to see even more money rotate into pot companies based in Canada.

Both mayors said they believe marijuana should be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to something less risky. And in fact, it could precipitate a legal battle with California and other states - possibly overturning the authority of the federal government to even regulate legal cannabis businesses, an issue that has yet to be decided by the Supreme Court.

In 2011, California's four USA attorneys announced that they were going after the state's "widespread and illegal marijuana industry".

Still, the politician said he does not believe Sessions will be successful in his bid to crack down on marijuana use.

Breiter, who describes himself as conservative, said he would like to remind Sessions that "there is much more consistency in the scientific literature of findings about the detrimental effects of alcohol, which is legal within a strong regulatory framework".

"Our membership was very heartened by the condemnation and criticism this decision received from policy makers of all different backgrounds, both parties", Allen says. Medical patients were allowed to have 12 plants or more in certain situations. In Washington state alone, the marijuana industry paid Dollars $280 million in taxes in the last fiscal year.

In July 2017, Sessions sent a letter to the governor and attorney general of Washington State with a similar tone, saying that Congress had "determined that marijuana is a unsafe drug and that the illegal distribution and sale of marijuana is a crime".

Paul condemned the war on drugs as a "totally illegal system", however, adding: "The war on drugs, to me, is a war on liberty".

Canadian companies are benefiting greatly from their own government's pro-pot policies.

A task force Sessions convened to study pot policy made no recommendations for upending the legal industry but instead encouraged Justice Department officials to keep reviewing the Obama administration's more hands-off approach to marijuana enforcement, something Sessions promised to do since he took office. Prosecutors threatened landlords with prosecution unless they evicted tenants who were supplying marijuana and moved to seize properties where the drug was sold.

The change also reflects yet another way in which Sessions, who served as a federal prosecutor at the height of the drug war in Mobile, Alabama, has reversed Obama-era criminal justice policies that aimed to ease overcrowding in federal prisons and contributed to a rethinking of how drug criminals were prosecuted and sentenced.

SF Travel refers visitors to its website to find out everything they need to know about cannabis consumption in the state.