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What are the new pot laws in Moorpark?

A woman in Seattle smoking marijuana at Hempfest A woman in Seattle smoking marijuana at Hempfest
Charlie Simmons | 06 January, 2018, 03:47

Sessions is rescinding that memo, written by then-Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, which had cleared up some of the uncertainty about how the federal government would respond as states began allowing sales for recreational and medical purposes.

"It's like back when people said Obama was coming for everyone's guns and gun sales spiked", he said. Washington collected a total of $189 million in legal marijuana income and license fees in fiscal year 2016, according to the state treasurer's office.

The long, unusual trip to get here has been a frustrating one for advocates of a drug that in the federal government's eyes remains illegal and in a class with heroin. The federal government has refused to lower the classification of marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug, keeping it on par with narcotics like heroin and cocaine, despite its widespread use and little evidence that cannabis is anywhere near as harmful as even alcohol.

But it's looking like US Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not agree.

Applications are trickling in from people interested in obtaining a license in Michigan's medical marijuana industry. Sessions, in his memo, instructs prosecutors to weigh relevant considerations like "the seriousness of the crime, the deterrent effect of criminal prosecution, and the cumulative impact of particular crimes on the community". Officials from cities and states across the country have vowed to resist federal encroachment on lawful, state-legal cannabis activity.

A congressional restriction on federal funding for medical marijuana prosecutions, the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, has been adopted annually since 2014 but is set to expire on January 19 unless extended by Congress. "We're going to use it as guideline for enforcement". Because adult use and medical marijuana must pass through a distributor before reaching a retailer, this will allow the company to safely and securely transport more cash and product for its major clients throughout the state.

But in drawing his conclusion, he relied in part on a 2014 Assembly floor debate in which Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, a sponsor of the legislation, said the Health Commissioner "had unbridled discretion to register additional ROs in the event the market for medical marijuana demanded more product".

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"It's the first license given to anyone in the state of California", said Cynthia Gonzalez, co-owner of Elite Care California.

Although recreational marijuana is now legal in California, it's still a federal offense that could cause serious problems for many undocumented individuals.

Recognizing those changing views, the Obama administration moved to alter enforcement of federal law, issuing three memos announcing a hands-off enforcement policy in states that legalize marijuana as long as it is kept out of the hands of criminal gangs and minors. They can purchase medical marijuana from either recreational or medical marijuana shops, negating the need to seek out medical-only dispensaries.

And for the 42 states that haven't yet legalized cannabis, "it sends a message that 'you might not want to take this on, ' " MacCoun said. Nat Buttrick, the co-founder and CEO of Madrone California, a licensed collective of small cannabis farmers, says many businesses are deciding not to get permits-which can cost between $10,000 and $26,000 a year depending on the size and scope of a business-because they don't have enough crops to justify the cost.

Sicklick said this is Sessions' personal crusade against cannabis.

Production supervisor Joshua Ramos cuts marijuana buds at ButterBrand farms in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. "I do feel strongly that [marijuana] is a much better option than some of the prescription drugs, and I know that it's helping a lot of people, which is great". Equally, if their current parcels of land are not zoned for marijuana growing under the new rules, they don't have the resources to move. With polls showing that marijuana legalization is way more popular than the president is, this will likely turn out to be a huge political disaster for the administration.

"This is the moment we've been waiting for", said Daniel Yi, spokesman for the 7-year-old Los Angeles-area dispensary chain MedMen, which is expanding from a medical business model to serving recreational users as well.

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