Ron Paul: Jeff Sessions should be fired over marijuana decision

This news comes just after the first sales of legal recreational pot in California on January 1 and Nevada in July 2017.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner tweeted the Sessions "trampled on the will of the voters in CO and other states." and threatened to stall DOJ nominees until the Obama policy is reinstated.

In a 2016 interview with a local reporter in Colorado, which legalized recreational cannabis five years ago, then-candidate Trump insisted he would not allow his AG to override state law by prosecuting marijuana businesses and growers.

"I think it was a bad pick".

Former Republican Maryland state delegate Don Murphy, who now works in conservative outreach for the Marijuana Policy Project, said the AG's move, presumably sanctioned by Trump, is odd considering the populist wave in favor of decriminalizing marijuana across the country-not only in blue states, but places like Arkansas, the first Bible Belt state to legalize medical marijuana, and with 53 percent of the vote.

SHAPIRO: Today we've seen a lot of negative reaction from Congress, members of both parties. An additional 17 states allow use of marijuana products for medical reasons in limited situations or as a legal defense, she said.

Numerous states that allow some form of medical marijuana with low THC - marijuana's psychoactive compound - did so in 2013 and 2014.

There has been a surge in legalization of marijuana at the state level in recent years.

The Los Angeles City Council in December finalized and approved three ordinances that regulate the sale of recreational marijuana in the city.

Marijuana will hit the retail market in MA on July 1, and ME on some date thereafter.

JOHNSON: Well, the drug remains illegal under the federal law known as the Controlled Substances Act.

Some prosecutors in legalization states issued statements on how they would proceed.

Republican Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, criticizing his Justice Department for not cooperating with Congress and for leaks related to its Russian Federation investigation.

"Trump promised to let states set their own marijuana policies".

FILE PHOTO: Customers shop for "Green Friday" deals at the Grass Station marijuana shop on Black Friday in Denver, Colorado, U.S., November 28, 2014.

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said his state will pursue "all legal, legislative and political options to protect its reforms and its rights as a state". "I want the Trump administration to stand by its promises".

"Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed all of our prosecution decisions".

The Justice Department is changing its approach to marijuana enforcement.

The share price of Medicine Man dropped almost 40 percent Thursday, from $3.18 to $2.11.

Cannabinniers, a San Diego maker of marijuana-infused food and drink also expects slower investor interest in the short term.

Marijuana startup companies said they were now bracing for a deceleration in funding.

One issue that may be potentially litigated is how the new memo affects medical versus recreational marijuana use. Since then, the industry has amassed almost $1.3 billion in equity funding for marijuana startups, with more than $600 million in 2017 alone, according to research firm CB Insights.

Growing Marijuana The Sessions memo includes the word "cultivation", which technically puts the plants in your basement in the same boat as LivWell's 100,000-plus-square-foot warehouse. He announced that the Department of Justice was making it easier for the feds to prosecute Americans for breaking federal marijuana laws-even in states where it is legal-by rescinding a policy that called for noninterference in the weed biz in those states where it is as legal as chewing gum.

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