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Cannabis-Friendly States Want Meeting With Jeff Sessions

March 30, 2018
California Treasurer John Chiang, a candidate for governor, speaks during the 2018 California Democrats State Convention on Feb. 24 in San Diego. (Denis Poroy/AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California, Oregon and other marijuana-friendly states are seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in hopes of resolving the conflict between federal and state laws that has left the nation’s cannabis industry in legal limbo.

Marijuana is illegal at the federal level, even as 29 states have legalized cannabis in some form.

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State treasurers from California, Oregon, Illinois and Pennsylvania told Sessions in a letter Thursday that businesses and banks need greater clarity on how federal law enforcement will respond to the growing legalization trend.

A shortage of banking services in California's emerging marijuana industry is seen as a major obstacle to developing a thriving, regulated marketplace.

The Trump administration lifted an Obama-era policy in January that kept federal authorities from cracking down on the cannabis trade in states where the drug is legal.

The letter, released by California Treasurer John Chiang, said the absence of those federal rules “leaves the industry and financial institutions in the dark.”

A shortage of banking services in California’s emerging marijuana industry is seen as a major obstacle to developing a thriving, regulated marketplace.

Legal sales for adults kicked off in the state on Jan. 1, but many banks don’t want anything to do with cannabis money for fear it could expose them to legal trouble from the federal government.

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That’s left many businesses to operate largely in cash, which can make them a target for theft while posing risks for cannabis workers and the public.

Financial institutions need “some comfort that they will not be prosecuted, or lose access to customer assets, simply for banking this industry,” said the letter, also signed by several cannabis industry groups and the Maine Credit Union League.

Congress this month extended restrictions that prevent the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases in legal-cannabis states.

Chiang, a Democratic candidate for governor, earlier formed a task force in an attempt to resolve banking problems for the marijuana industry.

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  • TOPDOG1

    Jeff Sessions; His inbreeding should be obvious. He has several (if you notice) missing genetic characteristics. High Intelligence is not the only one. His distorted and twisted view of reality is seriously in question. Just another greedy corporate puppet, Big Pharma or Big Oil occasionally dresses him, feeds him and then dangles him in political arena’s. His ‘Igor’ personality would do better in a Dracula move than public office. I certainly object to an unfit INBRED KEEBLER ELF like this CREATURE being allowed to make decisions that affect or are forced upon me. He should have never been allowed into any position of public responsibility. T.H.C. Is a critical and vital nutrient just like vitamin C. B or D. These incompetent idiots are making war on a vitamin. T.H.C. Is no more a drug than vitamin A.
    What sessions needs is a D.N.A. drug to help genetically challenged inbreeds. I am sure marijuana would help his condition.

    • Daren Roth

      typical liberal with the insults THC is critcal ah says who ? for drug addicts maybe

      • russ heathcoe

        I’m not certain where your information originated… however… being a person seeking answers instead of following myths of the demon weed would be more appropriate. Do some real research and then enter a discussion.

        • Daren Roth

          u make the rules here ?? Ive smoked weed for 20 years it is garbage,I havent smoked in 17 years.What mtyhs ? Fact everyone who uses cocaine heroine etc all used weed first EVEry single one.THC is equal to avitemin whata load of nonsence …ah says who ? Colarado is supposed to just sell to Colarado ? ah thats why in NY people get weed from Colorado and California Heck those states alone grow enough weed for half the country .Problem with the liberals is they cant just be happy with keeping their garbage in their own state They of course have to break the rules and sell to out of state by the TRUCKLOAD..Thats a fact.

          • russ heathcoe

            I’m sorry your facts you claim are myths…. I live in Washington State and proud. As a matter of fact…I have used marijuana since 1974 – with NO adverse effects or a dependency on a drug. By the way.. if you smoked for 20 years and it was garbage… what kept you doing it ?

          • Daren Roth

            its a drug and drugs are addicting Glad Im off that GARBAGE that stinks to high heaven

          • russ heathcoe

            Addicted to marijuana? Now you are back peddling and stepping on yourself… Why are you hanging around ‘ drug addicts ‘ ?

          • Daren Roth

            how am i back peddling I didnt say i hate weed addicts .Some of my friends and relatives still smoke ( some became heroine addicts and coke heads ) doesnt mean i hate them my bro lovesss weed unfortunatley it lead to cocaine and heroine and yes every single person who uses coke heroine etc alll started on weed every single one.

          • Daren Roth

            i still love my brother but he stinks to high heaven that crap all over your clothes Honestly if u smoke do us a favor change ur stinking ( literally ) clothes U stink bad

          • russ heathcoe

            I’m amused at how the discussion morphed into scents… Actually you slipped off topic.. Choice is what it is… some make intelligent choices for themselves – and others attempt to make you follow theirs…right or wrong. Big Pharma is proven addictive…. and marijuana is not. Put down the old rendition of the ‘ demon weed ‘…..educate yourself before spouting nonsense.

          • Daren Roth

            Just do non smokers a favor and change ur clothes after u smoke it

          • Daren Roth

            gi

          • Daren Roth

            why should they get any comfort its federally illegal and they stiill sell it

          • TOPDOG1

            Still ignorant I see.

          • Daren Roth

            am

          • TOPDOG1

            I am inclined to think YOU ARE DEAD WRONG?

          • Daren Roth

            no

          • russ heathcoe

            I stopped using marijuana for 11 years… didn’t miss it . Never tried cocaine or heroin… but I was growing marijuana for others in the early 80’s. Your anger and choice of words are showing some other issue .But your knowledge lacks substance ……

          • Daren Roth

            I grew too in that era there wasnt good weed then in ny..I nver said all weed smokers tried heroine but all heroine users tried weed Thats a fact

          • Daren Roth

            Russ I love Montana im going to Glacier this summer

          • russ heathcoe

            I grew up in Montana…..enjoy Glacier Park before it’s gone. No hard feelings…. I love the mountains and fresh air.

          • Daren Roth

            nah i deserved it coming on a pro weed page Heck I may even smoke if i go to Montana

          • TOPDOG1

            The only thing that stinks is your uneducated and bigoted attitude. I suggest an education would not help you in this case, you are far too stupid.

          • Daren Roth

            i have a higher education than u and can prove it

          • TOPDOG1

            For someone who claims to be educated why are you so f**king ignorant? You sure must have missed a lot of classes.

          • Daren Roth

            give libs a hand they take an arm Not good enough that colorado is legal they sell that garbage nationwide Colorado and Cali distribute to the entire country breaking law after law.

          • Daren Roth

            not myth im in ny and all my frirends weed comes from Colorado and Cali they sell to the entire country Give a liberal an inch they take an arm

        • Sean Rowland

          The Darren guy was more than likely smoking cow shit for 20 years. That stuff really messes you up. Somebody please get him some real weed so he can recover. Poor guy.

      • TOPDOG1

        You are far to stupid to make a valid observation, conclusion or reply. Still; you are entitled to be as ignorant and uneducated as you wish. You are probably another inbreed yourself, or ‘is that you Jeff?..

  • Daren Roth

    edit

    • TOPDOG1

      Not only ignorant but naive as hell too. I live in Nashville…look me up. I give free boxing lessons.

  • russ heathcoe

    More worn out thoughts and myths….Growing up during the years of marijuana myths and legends did not discourage or influence my ability to think for myself. I personally know many that have benefited from marijuana.Not only physically – but mentally.

  • Sean Rowland

    I get so tired of the “drug users started on weed” mantra. Most weed smokers started on beer and beer drinkers all started on water. So water is the gateway to ALL drugs, alcohol, tobacco, etc.

    BAN THE DEMON WATER!!!

    Derp…

  • Bryan Rowley

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