Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind marijuana policy

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Thom Tillis listen during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Obama-era guidance gave low priority to prosecutions of medical marijuana dispensing under state law.

"At the Oregon Department of Justice we will continue to make sure Oregon's marijuana industry thrives under our carefully considered state regulatory requirements". Federal agencies have "not historically devoted resources to prosecuting individuals whose conduct is limited to possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property".

The long-dreaded fear of a federal crackdown on marijuana sales in states that legalized the drug is alive and well. "I think a lot of people would be really upset", said Marty Riske, local business owner.

Q: Will this affect medical marijuana?

But the emerging pot industry is rooted in shaky legal ground, complicating regulatory, financial and advertising issues. So far, marijuana is considered a drug as risky as heroine under US Federal Law. "I feel that this is just part of this industry, and I feel hopeful that logic will prevail". Ron Wyden became the first U.S senator to co-sponsor New Jersey senator Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act, which would make marijuana legal at the federal level and incentivize states through federal funds to change their marijuana laws. Congress would have to change the law for states to be entirely free of federal intervention.

Growing Marijuana The Sessions memo includes the word "cultivation", which technically puts the plants in your basement in the same boat as LivWell's 100,000-plus-square-foot warehouse.

"We will continue working with our federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to pursue shared public safety objectives, with an emphasis on stemming the overproduction of marijuana and the diversion of marijuana out of state, dismantling criminal organizations and thwarting violent crime in our communities", Williams said. The Supreme Court, weighing in on this in 2005, ruled six to three in favor of the federal government's ban superseding state medical marijuana laws. But in the aftermath of Sessions' decision, he seems to have backtracked from that position. "This is an industry that Oregonians have chosen - and one I will do everything within my legal authority to protect", Rosenblum said.

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The Trump administration's move comes just days after recreational cannabis became legal in the state of California and as L.A. leaders predict it could bring up to $100 million in new tax revenue annually for the city. This decision will create massive uncertainty, hurt local businesses and tax revenue, and harm public safety by driving cannabis activity back into the more unsafe black market.

As with purchasing and possessing, the federal government could come after you even if you follow Colorado growing rules to the letter of the law - but also as with purchasing and possession, that would be viewed as a waste of resources.

"I think Brown and OR won't be able to be so casual with this", he said.

The author of the Obama administration's policy, James Cole, told the AP it was meant to put states on notice that they had to regulate the industry and the federal government would still prosecute cases that threatened public safety.

OR collected more than $108 million in taxes from marijuana sales between January 2016 and August.

A total of five businesses are licensed to cultivate, manufacture and sell marijuana products for medicinal purposes in New York, according to the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association.

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