This bill would remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug; transition marijuana oversight from the jurisdiction of the Drug Enforcement Agency to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and regulate marijuana like alcohol by inserting it into the section of the U.S. Code that governs "intoxicating liquors".
Hutchinson, a former head of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, said Arkansas particularly needs guidance on whether banks can legally perform transactions related to cannabis sales without the Obama administration's Cole memorandum, which Sessions rescinded.
JoAnne Leppanen, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, said that not being able to use debit cards is a "terrible inconvenience", but medical marijuana patients do not feel particularly threatened by Sessions' latest move. All this was fostered by a 2013 document called the Cole Memorandum issued by the Obama administration that set marijuana priorities for federal prosecutors.
Gardner also tweeted that he would take "all steps necessary" to make sure Attorney General Sessions lives up to his prior commitment in regard to state handling of legal marijuana.
Senator Cory Gardner R-Co., met with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to discuss the Justice Department's decision to rescind current policy on legal marijuana enforcement. During the second Bush administration, Republican appointee David Bogden was removed as Nevada's USA attorney for unstated reasons.
The marijuana industry that was expected to generate roughly $40 billion in economic impact nationwide by 2021 is at a crossroads given a move on January 4, 2018, by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to eliminate certain protections created for the industry by the Obama Administration.
"Really what we're going to need is some robust discussion between the federal officials and the state officials", says Chief John Carmichael, who's on the Cannabis Advisory Board.
The amendment barring federal prosecutors from spending tax dollars to impede states' medical marijuana programs is included in the continuing resolution that is now funding the federal government, said Becky Dansky, a spokeswoman for the Marijuana Policy Project.
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. As such, there is renewed eagerness by both medicinal and recreational marijuana advocates to shore up the industry's legal standing and the shock caused by the DOJ's move last week.
Medical marijuana was legalized in 2004 under a state ballot initiative that required over 60 percent of voters to approve the measure. Many things are harmful - cigarettes, foods high in sugar and salt and cholesterol - but that does not mean that they should be illegal. "I would like to see his limited resources focus on the elements that are killing many people every day here in the commonwealth, which is fentanyl".
Citing a 2016 report, he criticized Washington state for failing to merge our medical and retail marijuana systems.
"Trump had said that he would respect voters' rights in places that have elected to modify their drug laws".