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Medical marijuana users anxious after Sessions' policy change

13 January 2018

Thursday's announcement is a major decision that could have ramifications for every state. "Our officers are commissioned through the state of Washington to enforce state and local laws". The Trump Administration must put patients' rights first, and I will not stand for backwards attacks on the progress made in Pennsylvania to provide medicine to those in need. "The Association will work with the congressional delegation to ensure that Arkansas continues to have the right to administer a successful medical marijuana program".

Responses from senators on Capitol Hill came swiftly. Cory Gardner of Colorado said in a fiery speech on the Senate floor on Thursday. Since 2014, members of Congress have passed annual spending bills that have included a provision protecting those who engage in the state-sanctioned use and dispensing of medical cannabis from undue prosecution by the Department of Justice.

Freedman said this is a time for states to increase enforcement to ensure businesses are following the law.

Florida's first green bank, which did business with numerous state's growers, has begun dropping its medical marijuana clients.

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No progress was made in a meeting between Senator Cory Gardner and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over legal marijuana policy. Polis, along with three other members of Congress, launched the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus in 2017.

Other state-level groups, including the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association and Arizona's Marijuana Industry Trade Association, expressed a similar mixture of concern and skepticism over the policy change.

New Mexico is one of 29 states to legalize medicinal marijuana. The protections apply to 46 states, including Pennsylvania.

Speaking at a stop in Snyder County, Wolf said that he doesn't believe medical marijuana patients in Pennsylvania should be anxious about losing their firearms.

A few years ago legislation was introduced in the U.S. House to regulate marijuana in the same manner the federal government handles alcohol. Six states legalized recreational marijuana and in 28 states, including IL it's legal for medicinal use. And Sessions is giving broad discretion to US attorneys to decide how aggressively to enforce marijuana law, among all the other demands on their time and limited resources.

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Massachusetts' new US attorney, now armed with tough-on-marijuana directives from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has to outline how far his office will go to tamp down on weed in a state where it's legal.

That statement includes rescission of the Cole Memo, issued in 2013 and long regarded as providing a safe haven by cannabis entrepreneurs.

In July, the Drug Policy Alliance released a report indicating that black and Hispanic New Yorkers make up 86 percent of marijuana arrests-which totaled 60,000-under de Blasio despite constituting only 24 percent of the population. But Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and the state of Washington allow the sale of recreational marijuana, and California began recreational sales on January 1.

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Medical marijuana users anxious after Sessions' policy change