Colorado Politicians Ask Sessions To Leave Legal Marijuana States Alone


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in September that the marijuana policy was under review for possible changes.

Former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington and new mayor of Seattle Jenny Durkan has stated that she will prohibit police resources from being used to help enforce federal marijuana laws.

In a renewed push to crack down on marijuana, Sessions moved last week to rescind the so-called Cole Memorandum, an Obama-era Justice Department policy that, in general, called for non-interference with legal marijuana operations in states.

In 2013, the Justice Department issued the "Cole memo," which said that the federal government would not enforce the Controlled Substance Act's ban on marijuana in states that had legalized it.

Anxious that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits - even if they're participating in a medical marijuana program approved by California or 28 other states and the District of Columbia - veterans have often kept mum.

Since California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes in 1996, we now have 29 states and the District of Columbia that have legalized medical use of cannabis and eight that allow recreational use.

"Voters in my state made a decision to be proactive and move forward to recognize that a prohibition isn't going to make marijuana go away - we need to regulate it to make it safer", Moulton said in a statement Wednesday.

But when Sessions does not like what states are doing, such as legalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana, his commitment to federalism and states' rights vanishes.

The amendment barring federal prosecutors from spending tax dollars to impede states' medical marijuana programs is included in the continuing resolution that is now funding the federal government, said Becky Dansky, a spokeswoman for the Marijuana Policy Project. "The banks are running scared", said Greg Parquette, who uses marijuana for neuropathy in his legs.

The second raised the question of using federally-apportioned water, i.e. Colorado River water, to grow a crop which is illegal under federal law.

Officials however wouldn't say whether federal prosecutors would target marijuana shops and legal growers, nor would they speculate on whether pot prosecutions would increase. A state may choose to have no ban on marijuana, or a ban with an exception for medical use, or a law allowing possession of small amounts of the drug, or anything else it wants.

But if there are responsible, legal restrictions, the arguments of advocates of legalization that recreational use of marijuana is no more harmful than the consumption of alcohol - and that was before "craft" beers with high alcohol content were developed - gains credibility.

"No, what I would support is that we leave this issue up to the states", he told Fox News last week.

And caught in the middle is MA law enforcement.

"We have a Constitution to protect people from the federal government", Republican Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minnesota, a Trump voter, said in an interview.