Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Could Sessions' marijuana memo put roadblocks up for legalization in Maine?

For banks, DOJ reversal on pot will have 'chilling effect' California ready to fight federal government on pot leniency reversal
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2018, 06:34

"What is a legacy?"

"I also fear that your decision may make it more hard for marijuana businesses to obtain merchant services from banks and credit unions, forcing them to conduct more business in cash", Bennet wrote.

Georgia state Rep. Allen Peake, a Republican who sponsored a bill in his state's legislature that legalized possession of medical marijuana in 2015, denounced the move.

"It is the mission of the Department of Justice to enforce the laws of the United States, and the previous issuance of guidance undermines the rule of law and the ability of our local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners to carry out this mission", the Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. The federal war on marijuana has also wasted billions of taxpayer dollars.

The Trump administration announced Thursday that it was rescinding an Obama-era policy that had allowed states to legalize marijuana, raising questions about how Maryland's fledgling medical cannabis industry might be affected.

The Back Porch, a "Premier Cannabis Retailer" in Wenatchee says they're not too anxious about Sessions revoke of the Cole Memo. If the federal government fights sellers and individuals using marijuana in states where it's been legalized, "it could be a costly and time-consuming" battle, Allen says. Now, the Trump Administration plans to crack down on marijuana offenses, since the substance is still illegal at the federal level.

This move came to a surprise to many and some people such as Republican Senator Cory Gardner disagreed with Sessions' decision.

Sessions is now going to leave it up to the USA attorney in each state for them to decide how many resources should be put into regulating marijuana trade.

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The Brazilian directly contributed towards 20 goals in as many appearances, and his influence was nearly unrivalled in the squad. In the 13 league games since then, Liverpool has won nine and drawn the other four.


The action has sparked confusion in those states.

What to do with the proceeds from cannabusiness has always been a slippery argument.

Indeed, industry giants such as Wells Fargo, which had initially tried to get a large portion of the market share have pulled out completely, leaving smaller firms, such as Colorado's Safe Harbor Private Banking, to bear the burden and potential for prosecution for crimes ranging from money laundering to racketeering.

She said she thinks Sessions' announcement will backfire on him. It put marijuana in "Schedule 1", the most restrictive category, along with heroin and LSD, drugs that the federal government deemed as having no valid medical uses and a high potential for abuse.

Jake Van Wingerden, chairman of the Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Association, said in a statement that cannabis companies remain "laser-focused" on getting the drug to patients in the state.

The National Review points out that police departments nationwide made almost 575,000 marijuana-related arrests in 2105 alone (nearly 70,000 more than for all categories of violent crime combined). While the memo didn't preclude prosecutors from going after marijuana growers, it urged them to use their judgment in states where "robust regulations were being enforced to control the potential negative side effects of legalization", particularly the sale of marijuana to minors.

Part of the reason that pot tourism isn't likely to take off quickly in any of the places where recreational marijuana is now legal - Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Washington, D.C. - is because of some of the complications surrounding where and how people can consume it.

"We see it through tours, art classes, bed and breakfasts that there's an industry springing up around the travelers coming to states for [marijuana]", Gordon said.

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