Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the White House in December. (image:Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse Getty Images)
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The key to understanding the Trump administrations approach to policy, it seems, is to look at what most Americans want and then imagine the opposite.
Consider the new guidance on marijuana that Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued last week, which reverses Obama-era policy and gives prosecutors more leeway to enforce federal laws against the drug in states where it is legal. Mr. Sessions has been on a lifelong crusade against the plant, which he considers the root of many of societys ills.
And yet more than six in 10 Americans, and seven in 10 of those under 30, believe....
Californias legal marijuana sales could hit a distribution roadblock
There are concerns that not enough companies are licensed and ready to transport marijuana
Most Californians with an urge to smoke a joint will enter the states legal marijuana marketplace through a single doorway at a retail shop.
But out of view of those day-to-day sales, the state is ushering in a sprawling, untested system to move pot from place to place that will also serve as a collection point for taxes, a gateway for testing and a packaging center for the plants fragrant buds.
The so-called marijuana distributor is a kind of skeleton connecting the states emerging industry of growers, sellers and manufacturers. Its envisioned as a vast back office wher....
The History of the First Dispensary in San Francisco and the U.S.
Americas first cannabis dispensary was founded right here in S.F. in 1994, when Brownie Mary and Dennis Peron fired up the marijuana movement.
Its the dawn of a new era for San Francisco dispensaries, as our pot shops become retail boutiques selling recreational cannabis to anyone age 21 and over. Venture-capital megabucks have been invested, high-rent storefronts have been transformed into trendy marijuana bazaars, and fortunes will be made overnight.
These newly minted millionaires might not realize know the debt of gratitude they owe to the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, founded in 1994. The first public marijuana dispensary in the U.S., the club was an outlaw collective whose activist founders lived unde....
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has put the top federal prosecutors in states with recreational marijuana back in charge of deciding whether to press pot cases there. Heres a look at those U.S. attorneys, how they came to their jobs and their background:
Name: Bryan Schroder
Appointment: Nominated by President Donald Trump in July and confirmed by the Senate in November.
Background: Schroder has worked for the U.S. attorneys office for more than 12 years, prosecuting cases involving violent crime, drugs, tax evasion, environmental crimes and other offenses. He s....
Democrats and Republicans Reject Recent Action by AG Sessions
Following yesterdays announcement by the DOJ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era memorandum issued by Attorney General James Cole in 2013, federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle quickly denounced the decision.
Reject AG Sessions Efforts to Revert to the Failed Criminal Policies of the Just Say No Era
In addition to taking to the floor of the Senate to express his frustrations, Senator Cory Gardner R-CO continued to vent on Twitter. He had this to say:
This reported action directly contradicts what Attorney General Sessions ....
Oregon leaders vow: We will protect state`s marijuana industry
Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rescinded an Obama-era policy that had paved the way for a flourishing legalized marijuana industry, triggering a resounding backlash from Oregon`s top elected officials while sending shockwaves through the state`s cannabis marketplace.
The U.S. Justice Department rollback, outlined in a three-paragraph memo by Sessions, a longstanding marijuana foe, will let federal prosecutors decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law in states where pot is legal.
In Oregon that authority rests with Billy J. Williams, who as the ....
Vermont House Approves Bill to Make Marijuana Legal for Adults
Today, the Vermont House passed H. 511 in a 81-63 vote. Gov. Phil Scott has already pledged that he will sign the bill after it passes one more procedural vote in the Senate.
H. 511 would eliminate Vermonts civil penalty for possessing one ounce or less of marijuana and remove penalties for possession of up to two mature marijuana plants and up to four immature plants, beginning in July. Meanwhile, a governor-appointed task force will issue a final report on how the state should tax and regulate marijuana sales and commercial cultivation by December 15, 2018.
If you are a....
Attorney General Rescinds DOJ Marijuana Policy Guidelines
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded the Department of Justice policy that directed federal law enforcement not to target individuals or businesses that are in compliance with state law.
In a memo to federal prosecutors dated January 4, Sessions said, In deciding which marijuana activities to prosecute under these laws with the Departments finite resources, prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutions. . Given the Departments well-established general principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enf....
Oklahoma: Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Placed on June 26 Ballot
An initiative that would legalize medical cannabis throughout Oklahoma has been officially placed on the June 26 primary election ballot.
I have set the date for voters to decide the medical marijuana issue to be the June 26 primary election, Governor Mary Fallin announced today. Governor Fallin had the option of putting the measure State Question 788 to a vote of the people in June, or in November during the general election. The governor was given this choice following a successful signature gathering campaign which forced the state to put the medical cannabis legalization measure to a vote of the people.
The proposed law would allow patients to possess up to three ounces of cannabis eight in a private r....
Vermont House Passes Bill to Make Cannabis Legal for Adults
Vermont poised to become the first state to legalize adults possession and cultivation of marijuana legislatively
Only a few hours after Jeff Sessions announced that he was rescinding the federal governments policy on states with legal marijuana, Vermont legalized weed. The bill to legalize adult-use cannabis passed the House Thursday evening.
After spending the entire day debating proposed legislation, lawmakers voted 81-63 in favor of legalizing marijuana. Adults 21 of age and older will be permitted to grow and possess marijuana once the Senate approves the measure and Republican Governor Phil Scott signs the bill. The new law will be implemented in July of this year. The governor ....
New Hampshire Legalization vote postponed until Tuesday
Yesterday, the New Hampshire House decided to postpone its vote on HB 656 until next Tuesday.
After speaking with dozens of representatives outside the House chamber, I believe the bill has a good chance of passing in what appears likely to be a close vote. The delay until next week is actually a good thing because it gives us more time to generate calls and emails to representatives.
If you havent already done so, please call or email your representatives today and urge them to support the bill and an amendment that would represent a reasonable compromise Then, please sh....
Sessions is rescinding Obama-era directive for feds to back off marijuana enforcement in states with legal pot
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era directive that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance, according to people familiar with the decision. (image:Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Matt Zapotosky and Sari Horwitz
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era directive that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance, according to people familiar with the decision.
The move potentially paves the way for the federal government to crack down on the burgeoning pot industry though the precise impact remains to be seen. Marijuana already was illegal under U.S. law, even as federal prosecutors had been advised against bringing cases involving it in states that approved its use and sale.
The people who described Sessionss decis....
Cathedral City Collective Care in Riverside County is one of thousands of marijuana businesses that may be at risk of raids and seizures (image:Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is rescinding the longstanding federal policy permitting states to legalize recreational pot, placing thousands of marijuana businesses in California and other states operating legally under state law at risk to federal raids and seizures.
The Justice Department move plunges Californias fledgling recreational pot market into further uncertainty, and was met with a stinging bipartisan backlash from lawmakers in states where marijuana is sold to any adult who wants to buy it.
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Sessions to rescind policy that allowed legal marijuana to flourish: sources
The Oregonian staff and wire reports
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states such as Oregon, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.
Sessions will instead let federal prosecutors where pot is legal decide how aggressively to enforce federal marijuana law, the people said.
The people familiar with the plan spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it before an announcement expected Thursday.
The move by President Donald Trump`s attorney general likely w....
Attorney General Jeff Sessions To Crackdown On State-Legal Marijuana
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to rescind the Department of Justices policy towards state-legal marijuana.
By rescinding the Cole Memo, Jeff Sessions is acting on his warped desire to return America to the failed beliefs of the Just Say No and Reefer Madness eras. This action flies in the face of sensible public policy and broad public opinion. The American people overwhelmingly support the legalization of marijuana and oppose federal intervention in state marijuana laws by an even wider margin. This move by the Attorney General will prove not just to be a disaster ....
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