Faison takes issue with Sessions' marijuana directive

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In short, Congress has found the will to allow certain uses of marijuana already and now will be forced to go further because of Sessions' action.

Sessions wants the decades-old federal law, which lists marijuana in the same unsafe and potentially deadly category as heroin - and more risky than crack cocaine and fentanyl - upheld by his force of federal prosecutors.

We will see many fewer after the Islamic Republic approved reforms.

Under CSA the Drug Enforcement Administration has the authority to remove a substance from the various schedules.

"The three most common business taxes that any standard business pays to the federal government are federal business taxes, payroll taxes and sales taxes". "By the same token, in CT, if you want to get a loan or engage in the business of being a provider of medical marijuana you'd have a really hard time doing that".

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Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III may want to reignite the old war on drugs with his conviction that marijuana should be subjected to the same legal penalties as heroin - but common sense reveals the limit to his power. "And I guarantee you, all the tax money the state of Maine from medical marijuana really helps people all around". The hope is, the language will be renewed, despite the declaration of the attorney general. Marijuana is not the same as heroin. Jeff Sessions is right about one thing: marijuana is a gateway drug - but it's a gateway out of opioid addiction.

For now, the impact can vary according to the jurisdiction of each us attorney. Where is the Sanders bill to declassify marijuana?

"Legal marijuana has become so entrenched in the USA - it's a multibillion-dollar industry - and I don't see the people who are behind this, people like myself, rolling over for the Justice Department, which means Congress will have to act", Morse said. Unlike most states, ME splits its electoral votes by congressional district, and Trump won the vast 2nd District, home to both New England conservatism and a marijuana culture.

With all the hype over California marijuana, purchasers are startled by the lack of places to get the coveted pot. Though Lelling said it is his "sworn responsibility" to uphold federal law, he admitted he does so on "a case-by-case basis, assessing each matter according to those principles and deciding whether to use limited federal resources to pursue it". Presumably he'd support delisting.

"He should focus his energies on prosecuting criminals, not patients", Gaetz said.

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Gaetz has a good point about the suffering caused by the prohibition of medicinal use of marijuana.

Let's just take federal control out of marijuana and allow the states to oversee it as they see fit moving forward.

Colorado's US attorney, Bob Troyer, said his office won't change its approach to prosecution, despite Sessions' guidance. He said he would hate to lose that ability to federal politics. The Treasury Department has not announced a change in policy or an amendment to its guidance at this time.

Members of Congress have called the action "heartless and cold" and one that "bulldozes over the will of the American people".

California's voters set the plan for recreational marijuana in motion in November 2016. However, that same study Sessions referenced ran through 2016, and it actually reported an overall 13 percent reduction in those under the age of 18 using marijuana.

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To his credit, Sessions did not make enforcement of federal marijuana laws one of his national priorities and simply tasked the USA attorneys in each state to follow existing principles for prosecutions. "That would be his top priority, and that is regardless of what the topic is". Time for Congress to put their votes where their mouths are and "follow the will of the people".

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