State officials who opposed pot low now defending it

13 January, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • An employee stocks cannabis at a store in San Francisco

Many Americans have used medical marijuana for conditions such as cancer and glaucoma.

Last May, Sessions called for a budget that did not include the amendment.

Tsongas, who represents the state's 3rd Congressional District, also said she's voted for legislation that would require the Justice Department to respect state medical marijuana laws, and has co-sponsored legislation that would protect people who are being prosecuted for violating the federal Controlled Substances Act as long as they were following their own state's marijuana laws. And medical marijuana has been recognized as helpful in treating the effects of chemotherapy and easing the eye pressure associated with glaucoma.

Wolf said that the Department of Health approved Keystone Canna Remedies in Bethlehem as the state's first dispensary.

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"I can not. provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution", Lelling said on Monday. In announcing the decision to rescind the memo, the DOJ painted it as adding a tool to the belt of prosecutors "to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis and thwart violent crime across our country".

BOSTON - Three constitutional officers who each opposed marijuana legalization are now defending the newly-legal pot industry and pushing back against U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, whose statements have sewn anxiety and uncertainty in the fledgling industry. We are a nation of laws and not men. "I think really (the ideal candidate) is someone who has an understanding of some of the federal issues the commission could be dealing with and. respond in the event that we need to be responsive to something".

Sessions' new memo gives wide discretion to his US attorneys. Asked during a January 4 press conference about Sessions' announcement, Governor Hutchinson said he believes the DOJ and Sessions should distinguish between medical and recreational use when it comes to federal enforcement of existing laws.

"We will not inhibit that in any way, in fact, I've added special precautions in our bill to ensure that local law enforcement does, in fact, close down illegal marijuana operations", he said.

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"If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35 percent tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the USA economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year", said Giadha Aguirre De Carcer, the CEO of New Frontier.

Stephen Hudak, a FinCEN spokesman, said in a statement that the agency's guidance "remains in place", despite the Justice Department's actions. Since then, state laws allowing marijuana have become more common. "I think this, to me, is about states' rights". "For example", the memo reads, "prosecution of individuals with cancer or other serious illnesses who use marijuana as part of a recommended treatment regimen consistent with applicable state law, or those caregivers in clear and unambiguous compliance with existing state law who provide such individuals with marijuana, is unlikely to be an efficient use of limited federal resources".

States that have legalized medical marijuana have fewer deaths related to opioid abuse.

"If that's not there, there is cause for concern", Dansky said.

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