Sessions' order clouds Pa. medical marijuana future

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Currently, 30 states, including CT, have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

In response to the DOJ's policy change, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association called on Arkansas's congressional delegation to reauthorize Rohrabacher-Blumenauer. It has been renewed numerous times "so here is a track record" of Congress barring the Department of Justice from targeting medical marijuana programs, she said. "We have also prosecuted large-scale marijuana distribution organizations and did so even while operating under the recently rescinded DOJ guidance". Washington state supports these priorities, which include keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors and organized crime, and from crossing state lines.

Sessions, the first US senator to officially endorse Trump during his 2016 campaign, was nominated by the president for the AG position shortly after the election. We are a nation of laws and not men. They were reminded to continue working with federal authorities and agencies in other states in targeting the illegal trafficking of controlled substances. "To that end, we will continue to exercise our prosecutorial discretion and evaluate criminal cases on an individual basis as it relates to the law and the facts as presented".

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This policy, created by a 2013 memorandum by former Deputy Attorney General James Cole, directed the federal government to not act against a state's marijuana industry if that state "will implement strong and effective regulatory and enforcement systems".

Roger Stone, a former Trump campaign adviser with whom the president has a long and rocky history, shared a video on Facebook on January 7 urging Trump to support legalization and block Sessions' move.

As of today, 30 states have voiced their disagreement with the CSA's definition by legalizing medical marijuana, and 8 of them also allow recreational cannabis.

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"I think the big message to the United States attorney's office should be if you have limited resources let's focus on the thing that's killing people here every day in the commonwealth which is street drugs and fentanyl", Baker told reporters. "The question is what he's going to replace that guidance with".

This week, a majority of the state's 17 open medical marijuana dispensaries notified customers that they would no longer accept debit card payments, with some of them citing a decision by their card payment processor or U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling's statements saying that no aspect of the state-sanctioned marijuana industry is immune from federal prosecution. It discouraged the use of federal resources to enforce cannabis prohibition in jurisdictions whose own laws conflicted with federal law and encouraged a hands-off approach. "I think it should be up to the states, absolutely".

Both used a payment processing company that worked with a MA bank that processed medical marijuana transactions.

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As of publication, there have been no reported cases of federal crackdowns on dispensaries, cultivation facilities or manufacturers in states where such marijuana-related activities are lawful under state law.

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