What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

  • What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

USA attorneys around the country responded cautiously to Sessions' announcement.

Sessions, a former Alabama senator, has long viewed pot as a public menace and a source of street crime. California users of medical marijuana insisted that the law should not apply to them because their state had legalized their behavior.

However, it's not clear that the announcement will lead to drastic changes in the way that federal officials in OR handle pot. If Cory Gardner and Nancy Pelosi want the federal government to leave most of this field to the states, their proper course is not to make life hard for the Justice Department until it agrees to stop enforcing the laws Congress has enacted.

The justice department describes the move as a "return to the rule of law" to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crimes.

In some states, recreational marijuana use has been legal for five years, and those states are vowing to fight this new memo. "What he has done is effectively given discretion to the U.S. Attorneys on which cases to prosecute".

Medical Marijuana Patients Although Sessions's revocation included the Ogden memo, which protected state-compliant medical marijuana patients and caregivers from federal prosecution, it doesn't touch federal acts with measures that protect medical marijuana stakeholders.

"[He] did not tell any U.S. Attorneys to go after any businesses", Sillitoe said.

According to USA TODAY, senior Justice Department officials said there is "no de-facto safe haven" any longer for marijuana. They also declined to specify what message the attorney general is sending to the pot industry, which is expanding in states with their own more lenient laws. But he also said his office will focus on "bulk cultivation and trafficking cases, and those who use the federal banking system illegally" while considering its available resources, the seriousness of each crime and its effects.

The potential political fallout may be clearer: Republican Sen.

Q: Can congress reverse Sessions' action - and would lawmakers be inclined to do so?

Rosenblum, who characterized Sessions' decision as overreach, made no indication of specific next steps other than she "valued her working relationship" with Williams and looked forward to working with him. According to Quinnipiac polls, almost 75 percent of voters are against the federal government prosecuting people for marijuana in states that have legalized it.

Marijuana advocates say the push for legalization is still gaining momentum in the Lone Star state, and this could come down to a good ole fashioned battle over state's rights.

Trump had said that he would respect voters' rights in places that have elected to modify their drug laws. I think it should be up to the states. "I'm a states person. It should be up to the states, absolutely".

"At the California Department of Justice we intend to vigorously enforce our state's laws and protect our state's interests". "We will evaluate violations of those laws in accordance with our district's federal law enforcement priorities and resources". Sessions said he was "astonished" to hear this evidence. So far, marijuana is considered a drug as unsafe as heroine under US Federal Law.

"The memo set out harms we saw associated with marijuana" but essentially said that otherwise "let's let the states deal with this", Cole told CNN.

Adult-use cannabis became legal in July in Nevada, where the federal prosecutor's office is now in transition.

The Obama administration Justice Department issued three memos on marijuana between 2009 and 2014.