Gardner accuses Sessions of being untruthful about how he'd treat marijuana during his senate confirmation process and trampling on state's rights by rescinding the "Cole memo," a DOJ document that set a framework for allowing state-legalized marijuana sales to happen without fear of federal law enforcement.
City Manager Rick Daniels, addressing the Needles Downtown Business Alliance on January 4, explained that Session's memo allows attorney generals in each state to decide their own priorities in marijuana enforcement and that indications are AGs in the 29 states that have legalized and regulated medical use are more likely to focus on recreational usage if enforcement efforts are pursued at all.
Although Colorado, California and other states have legalized marijuana at the state level, the plant is still listed as illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act. It put marijuana in "Schedule 1", the most restrictive category, along with heroin and LSD, drugs that the federal government deemed as having no valid medical uses and a high potential for abuse.
Colorado is one of eight states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use.
A state's choice to legalize marijuana, for medical or recreational use, means that the state government will not prosecute sale or possession.
Polis continues to also push two bills, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act and the McClintock/Polis Amendment, that would achieve some safeguards for states with legal marijuana programs. Obama administration guidelines allowed individual states to implement their own marijuana laws and kept federal authorities from cracking down.
Compare today to 2013, when less than three months after voters approved an initiative to legalize marijuana in our state, then-Attorney General Eric Holder met with the governor and myself.
Officials however wouldn't say whether federal prosecutors would target marijuana shops and legal growers, nor would they speculate on whether pot prosecutions would increase.
According to Reuters, congressional queries regarding the policy shift weren't answered by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, which was reportedly caught off guard by the decision. The Caucus is a forum for members of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss, learn, and work together to establish a better and more rational approach to federal cannabis policy. But until federal law changes, the VA is not "able to prescribe medical marijuana".
The feds also risk political backlash from cash-strapped states that expect, or have come to rely on, cannabis-based revenue. The nominees, announced on Monday, January 8, include four potential assistant attorneys general in Virginia and Maryland, as well as a US marshal position in Alabama. "So we're subject to this federal government versus state government argument and I think the horizon looks very troubling".