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Robert Troyer, who was appointed an interim US attorney for the District of Colorado by Sessions in November, said his office's decisions regarding marijuana cases would be guided by similar principles as before: "focusing in particular on identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state".

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.

The pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project said Sessions' shift would only encourage the illegal drug trade and harm people using marijuana as a medicine, which 29 states have legalized.

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

Some advocates and political leaders are warning the new Department of Justice guidance on marijuana prosecutions could have dire consequences for chronically ill patients for whom marijuana products provide a measure of relief.

Congress voted in its last session to extend a spending provision known as the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which blocks the Justice Department from using federal funds to impede the implementation of state medical marijuana laws. "Once again the Trump administration is doubling down on protecting states' rights only when they believe the state is right", Wyden said in a statement.

"What Jeff Sessions wants to do is roll back all of that".

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One of Time's Up major aspects is a legal defense fund for which the organization is now soliciting donations via a GoFundMe. Tchen, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama.

"Today the Attorney General rescinded the Cole Memo on marijuana prosecutions, and directed that federal marijuana prosecution decisions be governed by the same principles that have long governed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

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. He said the Trump administration's position "defies facts and logic".

Murphy has been working on getting a federal medical marijuana bill passed since 2000.

Funding for such startups has been on an upswing since Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana use in 2014. The Supreme Court, weighing in on this in 2005, ruled six to three in favor of the federal government's ban superseding state medical marijuana laws. This includes veterans, who have been choosing cannabis over prescription pills to treat symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Lessar said, "The way I understand it the government just wants to be more involved in crimes like exporting and selling to children, which is not something I would necessarily be against, but we hear changes every day so it's still uncertain".

"This needs to be a state choice". "I had support from members from Kansas, from Utah... not because they were marijuana people but they were 10th Amendment people".

"I predict that Sessions is not going to be victorious on this", Paul told Smerconish.


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