New Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Federal Intervention on Marijuana

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Schedule I drugs must have no acceptable medical use, as marijuana surely does, and a high potential for abuse. The Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment is set to expire January 19.

That could include an idea championed by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado, ) which would be to de-fund any federal law enforcement action against recreational marijuana operations that comply with state laws and regulations.

He also explained the importance of medical marijuana to those who have come to rely on it. In a statement, the association said it "will work with the congressional delegation to ensure that Arkansas continues to have the right to administer a successful medical marijuana program". Polis has offered the McClintock/Polis amendment several times throughout the years. "Prosecution of drug possession cases has not been a priority".

As of this writing, there are no publicly reported cases of federal crackdowns on dispensaries, cultivation facilities or manufacturers in states where such marijuana-related activities are lawful under state law, but the DOJ has now eliminated the guidance that discouraged the prosecutions, door-to-door raids and seizures most in the industry feared.

Gardner says he plans to stick to a promise to block all nominees to the Department of Justice, including U.S. Marshals, and U.S. attorneys from other states until federal forces let up on the issue. We are a nation of laws and not men.

The U.S. attorney's office declined to respond to Bennett's remarks yesterday.

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"We need. a long-term legislative solution", he said.

Sessions' new memo gives wide discretion to his USA attorneys. That's part of the city's strategy in forbidding commercial cannabis sales other than for medical purposes and tightening rules on personal production and use as much as possible under California's new recreational marijuana laws. Sessions, who has always been an outspoken critic of marijuana legalization, wrote a series of letters to the governors of Washington, Oregon, and Alaska expressing grave concerns over each state's ability to comply with the Cole Memo guidelines.

"It's unfortunate that the U.S. Attorney feels like it's his responsibility to mess with the will of the MA voters", said Will Luzier, the political director of Marijuana Policy Project of MA.

"If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35 percent tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the US economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year", said Giadha Aguirre De Carcer, the CEO of New Frontier. "The question is what he's going to replace that guidance with".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the legal threat "reckless", saying it disrupts states' abilities to enforce their drug policies. But until federal law changes, the VA is not "able to prescribe medical marijuana". "I think it should be up to the states, absolutely". The Amendment sought to restrict the federal government's interference with medical marijuana laws popping up in western states.

Also yesterday, Bennett said the exit of a major debit card payment processor from the MA medical marijuana industry could set up a safety risk for dispensaries that are now forced to only accept cash.