Marijuana memo important part of debate

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BILLINGS- Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme issued a statement Friday on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to rescind the Cole Memo. It opened in November, just two weeks before the City of Fort Myers took steps to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

"I hope it dooms his reelection".

"I'm interested to see what our state and the other states are going to do, somebody's going to have to make a move", says Barron.

Federal prosecutors nationwide now will decide how to enforce federal marijuana laws in states where its use is legal.

This week, California became the eighth state - along with the District of Columbia - to allow recreational sales of marijuana after voters approved the measure in 2016.

Ryan Tarkowski, a Pennsylvania State Police spokesman, said that based on a 2011 directive from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the state police are warning gun-buyers that they will not pass their background checks if they indicate they are medical marijuana patients. "I believe what happened today was a trampling of Colorado's rights and its voters".

Responses from senators on Capitol Hill came swiftly.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) threatened to put a hold on all of Trump's Justice Department nominees and called the pot policy a "complete reversal".

It's not yet clear how the Justice Department will now operate without a policy of non-enforcement, which had deferred policy on marijuana to the states.

Freedman said this is a time for states to increase enforcement to ensure businesses are following the law. Oversight of marijuana would be removed from the Drug Enforcement Administration and given to the newly renamed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana and Firearms, and it would remain illegal to bring marijuana from a state where it's legal to one where it isn't. The protections apply to 46 states, including Pennsylvania.

It is unclear yet how the new policy might affect medical marijuana usage, which is leaving patients here in North Fort Myers anxious. However, the measure, which was passed as part of a spending bill in 2014, must be renewed every year and may not make it into a future budget bill, as it is opposed by Sessions.

Members of Nevada's Congressional Delegation reacted Thursday strongly to the memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding marijuana prosecution.

Brown said her staff and state agencies "will fight to continue Oregon's commitment to a safe and prosperous recreational marijuana market". In Colorado, marijuana is big business.

The guidance, widely known as the "Cole Memo," directed prosecutors to focus on cases addressing the "most significant threats", primarily keeping marijuana away from children and stopping criminal gangs from making money from its sales.

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