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She said the problem for insurance companies is that medical marijuana doesn't have a drug identification number - a classification that requires going through the rigorous, expensive approval process required of all new drugs. Guess the states have rights only when it suits the political agenda of the occupant of the White House.

Every party, gender, education, age and racial group supports legalization of marijuana except Republicans, who are opposed 62 - 33 percent, and voters over 65 years old, who are opposed 50 - 41 percent. Arnsten said that fully legalizing and regulating marijuana would expand access and lead to fewer opioid-related deaths. A congressional amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states where it is allowed.

Sessions is forcing many members to choose between supporting prohibition of cannabis and siding with their own states and constituents.

"We applaud lawmakers for heeding the calls of their constituents and taking this important step toward treating marijuana more like alcohol", Simon said. "I understand a lot of people might support it in general, but the devil's really in the details". Facts on the ground suggest that many Americans want to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana.

Republican Gov. Phil Scott indicated last month he would sign the legislation if it arrives on his desk. Opponents find themselves badly out spent by pot promoters - most notably by a $5 to $1 margin in Colorado in 2012, and by an overwhelming $11 to $1 in California in 2016.

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' rescinding of the Obama administration's hands-off approach, though, has stirred unease in MA entrepreneurs gearing up for the July kickoff of reefer madness.

"This action by the Attorney General invites high-profile prosecutions of banks by aggressive, conservative federal prosecutors despite a national trend toward the permissive use of marijuana", Lynyak says. Marijuana "is here to stay, either for fun or to provide medical comfort", said pollster Tim Malloy in a statement.

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. Alaska marijuana control board chair explains resignation as marijuana shops react to Sessions memo.

"Will it make people hesitant?"

Legalization has also flourished at the state level. Douglas County keeps commercial marijuana away from their county's young people, while we legitimize it and make it more accessible to at-risk youth in low income communities like North Las Vegas. We have people here in East Tennessee who are now using this plant illegally.

For example, $3 million annually for five years will go to the Department of the California Highway Patrol for developing protocols to determine whether a motorist is impaired due to marijuana consumption.

A poll of NY voters released in late 2017 showed that 62% of New Yorkers support making marijuana use legal in NY for adults over 21, and more than 60% support taxing and regulating marijuana as a way to address the state's looming budget deficit. "If cannabis businesses were legalized tomorrow and taxed as normal businesses with a standard 35% tax rate, cannabis businesses would infuse the US economy with an additional $12.6 billion this year", Giadha Aguirre De Carcer, CEO of New Frontier Data, said in a statement, overlooking the recent drop in the corporate tax rate to 21 percent.

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