Federal legalization of marijuana could generate $132B in taxes by 2025

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"I have supported medicinal use of marijuana and prescriptions to alleviate medical conditions that are out there, but as we go down the path of legalizing recreational marijuana, so it is similar to alcohol, I think we should defer to individual states", Reed said. Only 14 percent said they have a favorable opinion of the Attorney General while 47 percent said they have an unfavorable view, with another 37 percent saying they don't have an opinion either way. Seventy percent of Democrats supported legalization, compared to 33 percent of Republicans.

An inconvenient truth also needs acknowledgment by the Nevada marijuana industry and state politicians.

Critics of Mr. Sessions' new enforcement policy argue that he is wrong under the terms of both the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution, and that drug policy should be left to the states.

Every party, gender, education, age and racial group supports legalization of marijuana except Republicans, who are opposed 62 - 33 percent, and voters over 65 years old, who are opposed 50 - 41 percent. So why the backlash on legalizing marijuana?

The ongoing marijuana arrest crusade has led to more than 800,000 people being arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana in New York State over the past 20 years, with over 700,000 arrests by the NYPD alone. If the legislation debated at Thursday's hearing passes, the state would be the ninth in the country to allow legal, regulated marijuana use for adults.

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Bryan Salte, the associate registrar and legal counsel for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, said doctors will have to wait and see whether or not more people turn to self-medicating once the drug is legalised. The people have spoken loud and clear across the nation and it's time for Congress to start listening, and respond with action. California legal pot to test supply pipeline. Marijuana will go on sale in Massachusetts July 1, and the state's Cannabis Control Commission has said it will allow "marijuana clubs" - cafes where patrons can purchase the drug and smoke it on the premises.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, the top prosector in MA and a Trump nominee, said he can not "provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution".

"On an issue this critical to states' rights and a key industry for Colorado, it's good to know where things stand with respect to the guidance issued by the Trump administration last week", several participants of the call said in a joint statement. Tax revenues are up, and crime is down.

Trump advisers such as White House counsel Donald McGahn and Kellyanne Conway have spoken to the president on Sessions' behalf, noting his policy successes such as helping to reduce illegal border crossings, The Post reported. The day before the announcement, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection put out a Request For Applications for additional medical marijuana dispensaries. If we lose respect for the process of law-making, for the process of elections and legislating and separation of powers, then we lose respect for the very laws that hold together civil society. The agency has issued over 300 permits for California marijuana distributors, cultivators and, of course, retailers.

Dr. Jay Marion works at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center in Shreveport and is on the Louisiana Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Supporters in the state say it is missing out on tax dollars that are being raked in by other New England states such as MA and ME that have recently legalized. The resolution, however, is toothless without action from the state legislature.