What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

What Federal Changes Mean for Ohio's Medical Marijuana Program

While most local politicians met Sessions' move with swift condemnation, some marijuana critics are cheering it.

"Parents should be able to give their sick kids the medicine they need without having to fear that they will be prosecuted". She said the businesses could argue that the federal government allowed the marketplace to flourish and is now improperly changing direction. But they can push legislation to protect marijuana sales. Federal prosecutors likely won't come after you for a cultivation unless you're growing and distributing marijuana on a large scale.and If you're growing on a scale that the DOJ would investigate, you're probably not going to listen to Sessions either way. And there are 20 dispensaries in the state, the association said.

Therefore, he said, USA attorneys should exercise "investigative and prosecutorial discretion in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and appropriations".

Today Sessions said he'd be ditching policies from the Obama administration that set up some basic rules for marijuana use in legalized states.

While the federal government doesn't have the resources to go after every business or cultivator, he noted, "It only takes a few prosecutions to destroy the legal industry in a given state".

On Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president's position hasn't changed - "but he does strongly believe that we have to enforce federal law".

The marijuana landscape has shifted dramatically since those memos, the latest of which was authored in 2013. The memo discouraged prosecutors from going after people participating in the marijuana trade in states where recreational marijuana is legal, except in cases with aggravating factors. Legalization has given a shot in the arm to the industry, attracting investors looking to cash in on the green-rush scramble.

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In his memo Sessions said, "Prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutors".

Patrick McCarthy, spokesman for the NY cannabis association, sidestepped a question on how revocation of the Obama-era memos would affect medical marijuana providers, practitioners and patients.

"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. 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.

Acting Supreme Court Justice W. Brooks DeBow rejected the companies' contention that the law enabling medical marijuana production in the state meant to restrict the number of companies to five. That approach is consistent with Sessions' guidance, he said.

"I think we'll have a strong argument should the federal government try to change the rules", Cynthia Coffman said.

Sessions, whose anti-marijuana stance is well-known, made the move this week although many experts feel that it is aimed more at slowing down the expansion of recreational marijuana-notably because it just became legal in California-the nation's most populous state.

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