Sessions Fills US Attorney Posts On LI, Manhattan

Sessions Fills US Attorney Posts On LI, Manhattan

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

Troyer said his office will continue to focus on "identifying and prosecuting those who create the greatest safety threats to our communities around the state".

State Sen. Richard "Tick" Segerblom, a Democrat and the dean of marijuana legislation in Nevada, anxious the Trump administration reversal of the hands-off Obama-era policy would snuff out a budding business.

Whatever Elieson's feelings on the issue, marijuana business owners don't believe they're in immediate jeopardy.

But before Thursday, U.S. Attorneys in states like Nevada had been operating under guidelines from the President Obama era.

Young said that if the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions stands and Congress allows the department to crack down on individuals and states, "it will be one of the biggest derelictions of duty I will have witnessed".

"There are higher priorities: terrorism and opiates to start with", said Rory Little, a former prosecutor and a professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law. Cory Gardner, who said he's placing a hold on Justice Department nominees and will try to push legislation to protect marijuana sales in states where they are legal. Jones has been working to get more insurers into the market for insuring marijuana related businesses. "This was not a part of the agenda, this was not a part of the plan, many of us were misled", said Colorado Sen.

Patrick McCarthy, spokesman for the NY cannabis association, sidestepped a question on how revocation of the Obama-era memos would affect medical marijuana providers, practitioners and patients.

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"One wonders if Trump was consulted - it is Jeff Sessions after all - because this would violate his campaign promise not to interfere with state marijuana laws".

"When the policy is so broad and uncertain that it's left case by case to different decision makers, it creates confusion and uncertainty that can be unjust", Walsh said. Investment in the marijuana industry will probably dip.

Back in 2013, as an increasing number of states began to legalize marijuana, Cole released a directive to federal prosecutors that essentially adopted a policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws. The goal, he said, was to encourage a tightly regulated industry letting legitimate businesses operate but keeping cartels and gangs out.

Coos County Sherriff Craig Zanni said, "This is now a federal issue related to a change of federal prosecutor's directives". Just Sessions' announcement has already sparked backlash from politicians on both sides of the aisle, he noted.

The new US attorney in Massachusetts, Andrew Lelling, a Trump appointee who was confirmed by the Senate in mid-December, called marijuana "a unsafe drug" in his statement on Sessions' action.

"The memo set out harms we saw associated with marijuana" but essentially said that otherwise "let's let the states deal with this", Cole told CNN.

The industry's economic contributions means it would be hard to do away with, he said.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, a regular critic of legal marijuana, issued a statement advocating a federal crackdown.

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