Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Could Jeff Sessions' Marijuana Ruling Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse?

Could Jeff Sessions' Marijuana Ruling Make the Opioid Crisis Even Worse?

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.

Arkansas voters approved the use of medical marijuana as an amendment to the state Constitution in November 2016.

States with legalized marijuana are concerned, as are investors, growers, consumers, and banks that underwrite marijuana businesses.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said in response to Sessions' memorandum, "My staff and state agencies are working to evaluate reports of the Attorney General's decision and will fight to continue Oregon's commitment to a safe and prosperous recreational marijuana market", Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said.

Several members of Nevada congress have come forth in defiance of the resolution.

Twenty-six states have passed statutes that legalize marijuana to some extent. Millions of dollars in revenue. "Whether it's industrial hemp for excellent nutrient management of agricultural soils, or marijuana medically prescribed for a patient with cancer or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome), I think medicinal research and state regulations should be our guide, not outdated federal regulations".

A press release from Sessions' office called the move to rescind the Cole memo a "return to the rule of law".

But the change will undoubtedly create some confusion and an uneven landscape, said John Walsh, the former USA attorney for Colorado appointed by Obama who left the office in 2016.

Both mayors said they believe marijuana should be reclassified from a Schedule 1 drug to something less unsafe.

They are anxious that legal pot will mean more impaired drivers on the road - and that there will be no reliable, legal means to test to see if a driver should or should not be behind the wheel.

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As per the reports, sessions had in the past ensured the Senators that the state discretion strategy would not deviate from - which was promoted by the Obama Department of Justice Senator Cory Gardner who had been representing the States where all the recreational marijuana usage is perfectly legal, and also was responding to the news by condemning Sessions for not being able to fulfill the promises between Sessions and Gardner.

Brian Vicente, a Denver attorney who co-wrote Colorado's 2012 constitutional amendment legalizing recreation marijuana, said the industry will closely examine the background of any new US attorney nominees. The state is expected to approve marijuana cultivation in four sites and eight zones with four dispensaries for a total of 32 retailers.

Breiter, who describes himself as conservative, said he would like to remind Sessions that "there is much more consistency in the scientific literature of findings about the detrimental effects of alcohol, which is legal within a strong regulatory framework".

Senators in both parties spoke out last week against Sessions' action.

And there, where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2012, the numbers are in. "It's going to dry up a lot of the institutional investment that has gone toward marijuana in the last five years".

State and local officials are right to oppose Attorney General Jeff Sessions' attack on legalized marijuana. Industry observers spoke optimistically of how legal weed could add $5 billion to California's economy.

Sessions "wants to maintain a system that has led to tremendous injustice ... and that has wasted federal resources on a huge scale", said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Sessions unleashes the hounds on pro-pot states. States saw the policy as a guide to keep the feds out of their business.

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.

Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "We abide by the state law".

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