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California officially enters era of legal marijuana with new rules starting today

Medical marijuana supporters worry in light of Sessions guidance David McNew Getty Images
Lisa Bryan | 06 January, 2018, 03:46

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department was rescinding an Obama-era policy that eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws amid a wave of legalization in states from Alaska to Pennsylvania.

Dozens of newly authorized marijuana stores are due to open for business across California on January 1, launching yet another chapter in America's drug culture and the largest regulated commercial market for cannabis in the United States - one valued at several billion dollars.

"You're not coming back", 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. "Regardless, we'll continue to move forward with the state's regulatory processes covering both medicinal and adult-use cannabis consistent with the will of California's voters, while defending our state's laws to the fullest extent". 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. The paper estimates there are 4,500 medical and recreational shops across the country.

Sessions' actions drew widespread rebuke from across the political spectrum Thursday.

The decision doesn't change the state policies, but it does give USA attorneys the freedom to decide how strongly to enforce federal law that classifies marijuana as an illegal substance.

A decision from the country's top prosecutor jeopardizes legal marijuana's future.

The Thousand Oaks City Council voted in December to allow one medical marijuana dispensary in town. "It really is quite a momentous occasion, and we are just so happy the state made a decision to go legal and regulate". 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.


California officials on Friday pulled an ad aimed at discouraging stoned driving after critics said it glorified and promoted marijuana use. Only three days after California opened its first legal weed dispensary, becoming the latest USA state to trade in kosher cannabis, a massive reversal from the Justice Department has left the burgeoning industry in doubt.

California began selling recreational marijuana Monday in what's seen as a milestone.

Vitiello has been writing about the laws surrounding marijuana legalization for more than 20 years and said the reversal in federal leniency creates an immediate climate of confusion and hesitation for a young industry.

But anti-drug groups said Mr. Sessions' policy could head off a surge in pot use.

Headquartered in Palm Springs, California, HARDCAR is a pioneer in license compliance through advanced technologies like discrete, driver detection in armored transport of cash and services, hidden weapon detection systems, cybersecurity, technology integration with revolutionary robotic security, Artificial Intelligence, and advanced threat and hidden weapons detection. I feel that the matter has been decided; marijuana is legal. 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.

He predicts there would be an "uproar" if the federal government moved against what states have done.

"There should be no doubt that President Trump has officially declared war on California", quoted United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian on Thursday, quoting the state's senate leader Kevin de León.

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