Trump administration must battle public opinion, economics in attack on marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday the repeal of Obama-era rules that set a federal policy of noninterference with state-legal marijuana businesses, setting up a potential clash between the federal government and state authorities backing an increasingly entrenched and popular industry. Currently, eight states plus the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana within…

“Extremely misguided”: Cannabis industry and policy groups weigh in on news of DOJ guideline shift

In response to news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ is ending an Obama-era policy that allowed for marijuana legalization to spread in U.S. states, several policy and industry organizations spoke out, with concern and caution, and one in support of Sessions’ action. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)’s Executive Director…

“I would encourage people not to freak out”: Colorado Attorney General on Sessions marijuana shift

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy announcement Thursday giving federal prosecutors more leeway to crack down on legal marijuana set off a political firestorm in Colorado, with some of the state’s fellow Republicans charging the Trump administration with trampling on the will of voters and even over-reach. But the immediate impact of Sessions’ unraveling of several Obama-era policy memos —…

What now? Experts weigh in on potential impact of Sessions’ rollback of marijuana policy

Days after California became the largest U.S. state to initiate regulated sales of cannabis to adults, a wave of uncertainty has crashed over America’s cannabis industry with the Justice Department’s elimination of Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move Thursday to rescind the Cole Memo and related guidance on marijuana has the…