As states nationwide began approving marijuana for medical or recreational use, the Obama administration curtailed enforcement of the federal marijuana laws in those states, sharply limiting prosecution of dispensaries, banks, and other participants in the newly legitimate marijuana business.
"Despite backwards moves by the Trump administration, I will continue to protect cancer patients, kids with epilepsy, veterans with PTSD and all Pennsylvanians seeking relief from legal medical marijuana", Wolf said. Twenty-nine states allow the use of medical marijuana.
Thomas said if the federal government does what Sessions has authorized and enforces the Controlled Substances Act, medical marijuana users would be in violation of the most stringent provision of federal drug laws.
Eight states, including MA, have legalized adult use of recreational pot. They will continue to work together on legislative steps that can be taken to restore states' rights impacted by this latest action. More blunt was the assessment by state Rep. Doug House (R-North Little Rock), who shepherded the medical marijuana policy framework through the legislature and who has worked to find banking institutions that will handle the state's medical cannabis industry.
New Frontier Data, a data analytics firm focused on the cannabis industry, forecasts that if legalized on the federal level, the marijuana industry could create an entirely new tax revenue stream for the government, generating millions of dollars in sales tax and payroll deductions.
The federal government clearly has the legal authority to prosecute and punish sale or possession of marijuana under current law.
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"I think the big message to the U.S. attorney's office should be if you have limited resources let's focus on the thing that's killing people here every day in the commonwealth which is street drugs and fentanyl", Baker told reporters.
MA and other states believed that Obama's wink and a nod with federal law enforcement would be honored by future presidents.
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, meaning it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. But until federal law changes, the VA is not "able to prescribe medical marijuana". 'I'm a states person. "Because I believe what happened today was a trampling of Colorado's rights and it's voters", said Gardner just hours after Sessions made the announcement.
There is an enormous cost in terms of law enforcement resources, the criminal justice system and people's lives for marijuana to remain illegal.
The marijuana industry that was expected to generate roughly $40 billion in economic impact nationwide by 2021 is at a crossroads given a move on January 4, 2018, by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to eliminate certain protections created for the industry by the Obama Administration. "Once they get above that, it slows the transition and makes the consumer think twice about making that legal purchase".
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