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Record-High Support for Legalizing Marijuana Use in U.S. - Gallup News

Denver-based U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer has indicated that he will not change the way his office treats marijuana.

Days after California began the New Year with the legalization of recreational marijuana use, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memorandum rescinding Obama Era guidance on the prosecution of state legalized marijuana businesses.

JoAnne Leppanen, executive director of the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, said that not being able to use debit cards is a "terrible inconvenience", but medical marijuana patients do not feel particularly threatened by Sessions' latest move.

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.

Like Massachusetts, other states obviously took that Obama dispensation as "settled law", even though under federal law, the Drug Enforcement Agency considers marijuana a Schedule I substance - the same category as cocaine and heroin. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the United States, and that is what this office has done and will continue to do throughout my term as USA attorney.

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"Trump needs to realize that a lot of his supporters are pro-cannabis and it would be extremely hurtful to them if he allowed Sessions to move forward with this", said Damara Kelso, a Trump voter who runs Sugar Shack Farms, a marijuana grower in Eugene, Oregon.

Sessions' move allows federal prosecutors to decide what to do when state rules conflict with federal. During his presidential campaign, Trump said he was a "states person" who believed decisions about cannabis regulation "should be up to the states, absolutely".

The decision has been pilloried by the cannabis industry, which argued that Sessions is trying to stop the momentum of a growing business and restart the war on drugs.

The analysis shows that if marijuana were fully legal in all 50 states, it would create at least a combined $131.8 billion in in federal tax revenue between 2017 and 2025.

We don't agree. We believe federal oversight - however limited - of this controversial decision to legalize recreational marijuana will only benefit MA residents, who appear increasingly opposed to legalized pot.

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"Local law enforcement should not waste their resources on going into legal state and local cannabis establishments", said Jones-Sawyer.

Let me tell you what is certain: I will defend the will of the voters in my state. "It would be a temporary but necessary fix, as I continue to push my Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which would finally lift the federal prohibition on marijuana".

Trump fans who use medical marijuana are also concerned they could lose access to treatment.

Eight states, including MA, have legalized adult use of recreational pot. "Once they get above that, it slows the transition and makes the consumer think twice about making that legal purchase".

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