Cory Gardner meets with Jeff Sessions to discuss federal enforcement for marijuana

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"The law is what it is", Herdman said.

The marijuana industry that was expected to generate roughly $40 billion in economic impact nationwide by 2021 is at a crossroads given a move on January 4, 2018, by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to eliminate certain protections created for the industry by the Obama Administration.

Since Sessions' announcement last Thursday, Lelling has issued two statements addressing how his office will proceed with federal marijuana law enforcement in light of the new guidance from Sessions.

Anxious that owning up to using the drug could jeopardize their VA benefits - even if they're participating in a medical marijuana program approved by California or 28 other states and the District of Columbia - veterans have often kept mum.

Sessions' move allows federal prosecutors to decide what to do when state rules conflict with federal.

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Those concerns have been expressed by cannabis advocates and industry insiders since even before Sessions killed the Cole Memo last week, but a new poll from the Huffington Post and YouGov suggests that Sen. That could put medical marijuana businesses and patients in CT at risk. Eight states - Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington - also have legalized sale and possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana.

This directly impacts the 29 states that have legalized medical marijuana. The federal war on marijuana has also wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. It directed law enforcement officials not to interfere with marijuana programs like Colorado's except for when product was leaving states where it was legal or getting into the hands of children.

Cannabis is illegal under federal law, classified on the same level as heroin, ecstasy, and cocaine under the Controlled Substances Act of 1972. Both involve the federal government.

A state can have any law it wants with regard to marijuana. Many Americans have used medical marijuana for conditions such as cancer and glaucoma.

Public Safety Secretary Daniel Bennett, who oversees the state police, told the Herald yesterday, "We have a state law that we're intending to enforce, and the state law was voted on by the people of MA".

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That disconnect makes veterans wary, said Michael Krawitz, a disabled Air Force veteran in Ironto, Va., who takes oxycodone and marijuana to treat extensive injuries he suffered in a non-combat-related motorcycle accident while stationed in Guam in 1984. Legalization by a state, in some or all circumstances, just means that it is not a state crime.

The study estimates that about 25 percent of the marijuana market will continue to be illicit, and will shrink if the legal marketplace is not overly taxed or expensive. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, 693,482 individuals in the United States were arrested in 2013 and charged with marijuana violations, and of these, 609,423, or 88 percent, were arrested for simple possession.

This includes preventing marijuana revenue from going to criminal groups and preventing the use of drugged driving.

Yet, there is little benefit of illegality. If the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban marijuana, then why was it necessary to amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to ban alcohol?

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