New US pot rule sparks latest clash over states' rights

Open for Business California Marijuana Shops Celebrate New Year New Law

Open for Business California Marijuana Shops Celebrate New Year New Law

"Previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary and is rescinded, effective immediately", Sessions told the US attorneys based in all 50 states in a letter Thursday.

"If they're going to drop those priorities and just say: "OK, we catch somebody smoking a joint and we're going to bust them" or 'We're going into a business that's legal under state law, but illegal under federal law, and take it down, ' that's wrong-headed", Frosh said.

"The war on drugs is a totally illegal system", Paul added, arguing that it is "very questionable constitutionally".

With an already overcrowded prison population, Sessions decision to rescind Obama-era policy will have far reaching effects.

The video is part of a fundraising drive for the United States Cannabis Coalition, a pro-cannabis project formed by Stone that is "dedicated to influencing federal level decision makers so they honor State's Rights and state mandated marijuana laws as well as reform our antiquated and failed federal drug laws", according to its website.

In the past decade medical marijuana became legal in Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

Recreational use is now legal in eight states, as well as the District of Columbia.

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. The punitive enforcement of marijuana laws systematically disadvantages and actively discriminates against low-income people of color, with crippling implications that can follow people for life.

For Gordon, the fact that California, the most populous state in the country and one of the top tourism states, has "gone legal" means that, despite the Trump administration's latest move to undo states' laws, there is no turning back on the growing trend to legalize marijuana.

During his campaign, President Donald J. Trump said that legalization of marijuana was an issue for states to handle.

However, Todd of Drug Policy Alliance said removing this policy "creates a lot of uncertainty" and represents a "direct threat to access".

In November, a federal judge issued an injunction blocking Trump's executive order that had directed the government to make sanctuary cities ineligible for federal grants. "It's still not clear how [Sessions' decision] affects ME", he said.

Cory Gardner, upon learning of the announcement, tweeted that the decision "has trampled on the will of the voters". It's a concept that Governor Larry Hogan has never embraced...

"Any action by the attorney general goes against the public sentiment", he said.

In another development last week, Trump disbanded a commission he assembled past year to investigate voter fraud in the 2016 elections, something he asserts without evidence cost him the popular vote. Heading into this year's midterm elections, Sessions' move could prove to be a nice gift to Democrats, alienating from the Grand Old Party the sort of young, independent swing voters that both parties want to attract and mobilize.

Some states sued over the request.

Rep. Andy Harris, a physician who is Maryland's sole Republican in Congress, said he supports the move by Sessions. "Where there is a conflict between state and federal law, federal law prevails", he wrote.

Dozens of states voted to amend their constitutions to outlaw same-sex unions, while courts and lawmakers in others started to legalize the relationships.

Frank isn't the only one in ME concerned about state law conflicting with federal law.

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

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