Coffman rebukes Sessions on marijuana enforcement policy

An employee stocks cannabis at a store in San Francisco

But it also is situational.

The new policy amounted to "interference with states' rights in Colorado and beyond", he told NPR.

"When there are budget deficits and the like, everybody wants to know where is there an additional revenue stream, and one of the most logical places is to go after cannabis and cannabis taxes", said Beau Whitney, a senior economist at New Frontier Data.

Aside from being a futile attempt to put the legalized-marijuana genie back in the bottle, it's a mark of hypocrisy for Sessions, a former Alabama senator who had long championed the right of states to set their own laws without being bigfooted by an oppressive federal government.

The announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime critic of legalizing marijuana, caused confusion among banks about how to do business with marijuana growers, processors and distributors without running afoul of federal money laundering laws. Gardner threatened to hold nominations to the Department of Justice over the change.

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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.

Hutchinson believes federal law should be enforced against recreational marijuana.

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. Last week, Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy allowing marijuana to be sold without federal prosecution. Polis has offered the McClintock/Polis amendment several times throughout the years.

Critics of the bill, including many Democrats and public safety professionals, argue that the measure is a blatant attack on the rights of states, which now have the ability to choose which out-of-state permits to recognize. Washington state supports these priorities, which include keeping marijuana out of the hands of minors and organized crime, and from crossing state lines. He said Lelling has not reached out to the CCC, but that state regulators would be willing to work with him. "That's what we should be doing for the country, and the Trump Administration should not be trying to drag backwards those of us who are moving forward".

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. "He mentioned in his remarks that he has limited resources".

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The U.S. Constitution does not give the federal government any authority to criminalize marijuana.

Richardson said the amendment could be ignored by the Trump administration. Unlike most states, ME splits its electoral votes by congressional district, and Trump won the vast 2nd District, home to both New England conservatism and a marijuana culture.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, said that state regulatory agencies will have a say in whether offshore drilling is allowed. This led to fears in states where cannabis is legal that a federal crackdown may be imminent.

Some states sued over the request. The decision has been harshly criticized even by some Republicans. Sen.

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