Jeff Sessions' Pledge to Target Legal Marijuana Draws Ire of Libertarians

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Six pot shops confirmed they were selling recreational marijuana Saturday after receiving their state licenses the day before. If the federal government disagrees with that, it could set up another states' rights legal dispute.

Colorado's US attorney, Bob Troyer, said his office won't change its approach to prosecution, despite Sessions' guidance.

In the past decade medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

"Tourism has been a part of every cannabis industry, whether it's Colorado or Washington or OR, in a substantial way", Gordon said, adding that his clients have reported that as many as 30% to 40% of their cannabis customers are tourists.

Now, the Trump Administration plans to crack down on marijuana offenses, since the substance is still illegal at the federal level. He was originally against legalizing marijuana when it first hit the ballot.

In November, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking Trump's executive order that had directed the government to make sanctuary cities ineligible for federal grants. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 2005 ruling said the federal government could prosecute medical marijuana possession in states that had legalized the drug for medical use. Asked about the president's position Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said he supports enforcing federal law.

Not really, says Robert Mikos, a professor at Vanderbilt University Law School who studies federal, state and local marijuana laws and enforcement policies.

Maryland has licensed dozens of medical cannabis growers, processors and dispensaries.

She said she thinks Sessions' announcement will backfire on him.

Hill said he's hoping that the U.S. Department of Justice will come out with some protections for medical marijuana providers.

"If anything I feel more galvanized", she said.

The legalization of medical marijuana, due to its ability to treat cancer and other health-related issues, paved the way for the legalization of recreational marijuana, which is a debate that is gaining traction around the country. Many Americans have used medical marijuana for conditions such as cancer and glaucoma.

Rohrabacher said a better, more permanent solution is a bill he submitted a year ago 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. By 2020, states that now allow medical or adult use are projected to generate over $2.3 billion in state tax revenue.

Medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is approved for use of PTSD.

Sessions has gotten a lot of negative reaction for this move, from across the political spectrum. Harris has been a longtime opponent of legalizing marijuana and fought the legalization of the drug in Washington.

Federal laws outlawing marijuana violate the Constitution, justify violations of civil liberties, and increase violence.

Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner from Colorado said he's placing a hold on Justice Department nominees in response to Sessions' decision and will try to push legislation to protect marijuana sales in states where they are legal.

Recreational use is now legal in eight states, as well as the District of Columbia.

Whether federal prosecutors have the resources for, or even the interest in, undermining the national movement toward more permissive cannabis regulation remains to be seen.

At one point, most marijuana users acknowledged that smoking pot was unhealthy. Far from reducing crime, outlawing drugs causes crime by ensuring criminals will control the market for drugs.

The advocates quickly condemned Sessions' move as a return to the outdated drug-war policies that they say unduly affected minorities.

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