Sessions Tries to Find Way Back to Trump's Good Graces — WashPost

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Twenty-nine states, including Florida, have some kind of medical marijuana system; nine states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized it.

I should know. I am a chronic pain patient who has not only found relief from medical marijuana; I healed myself from opioid addiction by using cannabis. Only 14 percent said they have a favorable opinion of the Attorney General while 47 percent said they have an unfavorable view, with another 37 percent saying they don't have an opinion either way. According to the Gallup poll, a majority of Republicans (51%) are in favor while Independents (67%) and Democrats (72%) support legalization at even higher levels. Is the medical marijuana industry vulnerable?

Critics of Mr. Sessions' new enforcement policy argue that he is wrong under the terms of both the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution, and that drug policy should be left to the states. The group, made up of law enforcement personnel, drug treatment and mental health professionals and others, was formed five months ago to combat the rising tide of unsafe drugs that are killing many Americans every day.

A Gallup poll from past year found 51 percent of Republicans expressed support for legalization of the drug. So why the backlash on legalizing marijuana? And in many states that enacted medical marijuana laws, voters backed the measures through referendums.

Bryan Salte, the associate registrar and legal counsel for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, said doctors will have to wait and see whether or not more people turn to self-medicating once the drug is legalised.

To be clear, I believe the people of Colorado have clearly spoken. As of 2016, 29 states and D.C. allowed for the medical use of marijuana. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Cannabis is banned by federal law but it has become legal in one form or another in a number of states, most recently California.

Immediately following the election, an alliance of medical marijuana licensees and Nevada politicians joined together in an unprecedented rush to a July 1, 2017 "Early Start" date for recreational marijuana sales. Sessions rescinds Obama-era enforcement guidance: five observations.

Maine's top federal prosecutor said Tuesday that his office would focus on prosecuting traffickers of "hard drugs", not marijuana users.

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"The demographics say pot is here to stay, either for fun or to provide medical comfort", Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement.

Advocates for legal marijuana cite that kind of economic growth, which produces taxes for state coffers, along with evidence that access to legal cannabis reduces the risk of opioid death.

The Boston Globe reported a number of MA medical marijuana dispensaries went cash-only after a payment processing company cut ties with cannabis merchants, citing the Sessions announcement and Lelling's subsequent comments. Marijuana was reaffirmed as a Schedule 1 risky drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

"Will it make people hesitant?"

What Sessions did was to send the issue where it rightly belongs and shined a bright light on Congress to finally do something about reconciling the conflict between states that have legalized medicinal and/or recreational use and the laws on the books classifying the drug alongside heroin and cocaine. Hartford's city council approved last month a resolution in favor of legalizing and taxing marijuana. The city council in Virginia's second largest city passed a resolution Tuesday calling on state lawmakers to decriminalize pot possession.

Some towns have pushed back on the drug's legal sale within their lines.

Sessions' directive comes only days after California legalized the recreational use of cannabis. "But I think the science needs to catch up to the usage". Horizons's Life Sciences ETF attracted C$126 million ($100 million) of inflows in the first week of 2018, the most of any Canadian fund over that period, according to National Bank Financial.

A Republican who served as a prosecutor for a decade before entering politics, Garrett previous year filed a bill to end the federal ban on marijuana and allow individual states to determine what marijuana policy is best.

Decriminalization, he said, "will open up the gates for some robust testing and research". I don't tolerate most medications.