Legalizing Marijuana Nationwide Would Create One Million Jobs, Study Says

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store.

Thanks to the numerous studies on the benefits of marijuana, the interest in using the psychoactive drug have grown widely.

Reversing the Obama administration, Sessions said the Justice Department was withdrawing legal guidelines known as the Cole and Ogden memos, widely seen as giving safe harbor against prosecution to cannabis businesses in states where pot is legal. That soon could happen in Denver, Colorado.

The social costs of legalizing marijuana in Colorado have been steep, and the negative effects on children are particularly concerning. "The failure to do so will invite chaos, which will do more to harm public safety than to restrict legal marijuana".

Armentano also points to a recent bill passed in Vermont, and soon to be signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott, as a milestone for marijuana legalization efforts. Top Massachusetts politicians move cautiously on marijuana. In the conservative Matanuska-Susitna Valley, in Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula voters have overwhelmingly voted to keep the cannabis business legal.

The Controlled Substances Act, which classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug like heroin and proclaims it more risky than fentanyl and oxytocin (Schedule II), was passed by Congress in 1970.

When Aula ran for Signal Hill City Council in 2017, he knew that both medical and recreational cannabis dispensaries had always been illegal in his town.

State Sen. Heather Steans, who had already introduced a bill to legalize recreational use, says, "What the attorney general did may be pushing states further".

Calling Session's decision "a step backward for sensible, positive cannabis reform", Nelson Guerrero, Co-Founder of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA), said rescinding the Cole Memorandum "threatens patients' access to life-saving medication and thwarts restoration of communities most impacted by cannabis prohibition, while jeopardizing the careers of over 150,000 full-time cannabis industry employees and the collection of billions of dollars in valuable tax revenues".

If confusion about taxes isn't enough, information about just where that new money -potentially $1 billion statewide -will go has also been murky. "So, there are a lot of new players that may be scared", he said, adding that Sessions's announcement may slow down those investments. Phones ringing off the hook, higher need for more employees and a necessity for security are all major realities for new shops selling California marijuana to people who once needed a medical card or a dealer.

All demographic groups agree that this is a states'-rights issue. Then California legalized weed.

At the same time, people suffering from a variety of ailments ranging from glaucoma to social anxiety can, with a physician's recommendation, procure marijuana to alleviate their symptoms in states that allow it. Cory Gardner of Colorado, a conservative member of the Republican leadership who has rarely broken with the Trump White House. Because Connecticut does not have a mechanism to legalize marijuana with a ballot question, any resolution would have to pass through the legislature.

She said she thinks Sessions' announcement will backfire on him.

Sessions' action also was on the mind of Kevin Johnson, director of operations at Grass Roots, which also opened its doors for recreational pot in San Francisco on Saturday. By threatening an assault on a sector that has established itself across the country, Sessions has picked a fight he is bound to lose. Ron Paul: Sessions should be fired over marijuana decision. He said Congress should declassify marijuana as a Schedule 1 risky drug.

"It is no coincidence that immediately after California, a liberal state, legalized cannabis for adult-use, AG Sessions chose to announce his change in policy", said Rudder. Sessions' endless war on marijuana.

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