Colorado Attorney General says marijuana businesses should carry on as usual

Colorado Attorney General says marijuana businesses should carry on as usual

The quote and wisdom of the day came from Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, who called a press conference to try relay calm: "Don't freak out".

"What I think may happen is people who otherwise kept their heads down are going to have to stand up and speak out", charged Murphy.

Q: Can congress reverse Sessions' action - and would lawmakers be inclined to do so?

Q: How will this affect states that have legalized recreational marijuana?

Q: Will this make it harder for businesses that sell marijuana?

The Aurora congressman said he is working with Boulder Rep. Jared Polis' office on writing a letter to the Justice Department.

"You're talking about a huge economic impact", he said. Colorado has a new statewide plant-count limit (the cap of twelve applies to everyone including medical patients, unless they receive a plant-count extension from the state), but it falls to local and state law enforcement officials to enforce that. Lindemuth said her office has a duty to uphold and implement state law. "We will, consistent with the Attorney General's latest guidance, continue to take this approach in all of our work with our law enforcement partners throughout Colorado".

Until Sessions' announcement on Thursday, federal prosecutors followed guidelines laid out in the so-called Cole memo, which was issued by the Justice Department during the Obama administration.

State Sen. Richard "Tick" Segerblom, a Democrat and the dean of marijuana legislation in Nevada, anxious the Trump administration reversal of the hands-off Obama-era policy would snuff out a budding business. President Donald Trump hasn't nominated a replacement.

The potential political fallout may be clearer: Republican Sen.

Medical marijuana became legal in Nevada in 2015, and recreational pot sales won voter approval in November 2016.

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"This is a direct betrayal of President Trump's campaign promise, which he made in Colorado", Kopel told TAC on Thursday. But according to a list released by the White House, eight other Trump Cabinet members, including Education Secretary Betsy Devos and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, would be present for the gathering.

Gardner said he only found out via Twitter that Sessions was changing the policy.

Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Alaska and California have legalized sales, while MA is planning to do so this year, and legalization is under debate in Maine. The Obama era guidelines gave some leeway on this point, stating that prosecutors should leave states well enough alone when it comes to legalizing marijuana, as long as these local decisions didn't interfere with federal law enforcement primary directives. She said the businesses could argue that the federal government allowed the marketplace to flourish and is now improperly changing direction. That environment will not change because of a memo from the attorney general, Little said.

The state's former "marijuana czar", Andrew Freedman, said Sessions' only point was to create confusion but that the Justice Department can not force states to make pot illegal. And there are 20 dispensaries in the state, the association said.

"We should all make sure it's done as safely and efficiently as possible", he said. Investment in the marijuana industry will probably dip.

But he said he isn't sure rescinding the Cole memo means much.

Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives".

If there were a federal crackdown, Levine said he would expect a massive public backlash. "Without that support, it's hard to see how the industry keeps growing", Sabet said.

"It's a massive industry, you can't just flip a switch and say, 'ok, its over, '" he said.

In short, Sessions is giving federal prosecutors around the country more discretion about enforcing federal law in marijuana cases, even in the states where it is legal.

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