Oregon lawmakers pass bill banning marijuana merchants from keeping buyer information

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Oregon lawmakers pass bill banning marijuana merchants from keeping buyer information

The Colorado Senate passed a bill Wednesday to allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify recreational pot as medical marijuana in the event of a federal crackdown.

OR state lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would shield the names, birthdates and other identifying information of marijuana users from being accessed by federal drug agents amid worries of heightened enforcement.

Skeptics say nothing guarantees that reclassifying pot as medicine would stop federal action.

Oregon's move was one of the first major responses to mixed signals about President Donald Trump administration's stance on the federal prohibition on marijuana, which is legal for recreational use in eight states plus Washington, D.C., and legal for medical purposes in more than half the country.

Federal law now prohibits the Justice Department from using funds to prosecute medical marijuana cases in states where it's legalized - so long as people follow state rules. A few weeks after that, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that marijuana is "only slightly less awful" than heroin according to several national news media outlets. As the AP previously pointed out, some are skeptical that the switcheroo would do anything besides cost Colorado $100 million a year in tax revenue. That effectively ends Colorado's marijuana co-ops.

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