Colorado Attorney General says marijuana businesses should carry on as usual

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That environment will not change because of a memo from the attorney general, Little said.

"Parents should be able to give their sick kids the medicine they need without having to fear that they will be prosecuted".

"At the Oregon Department of Justice we will continue to make sure Oregon's marijuana industry thrives under our carefully considered state regulatory requirements".

The appointments are temporary, but the prosecutors could be named permanently as Sessions fills the vacant slots. The goal, he said, was to encourage a tightly regulated industry letting legitimate businesses operate but keeping cartels and gangs out.

The State of OR has had a lot of trouble recently with overproduction of cannabis leading to illegal exportation to other states.

While Hutchinson said he intends to stand behind voters decision to approve medical marijuana, he made it clear he does want Arkansas to become a recreational use state.

Dispensaries are still open despite Sessions's wishes.

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.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado condemned the decision as an infringement on states' rights and pledged to fight any action targeting the state's legal market.

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Jones said Session's decision is contrary to good law enforcement practice for the federal Department of Justice to waste time and resources going after legitimate cannabis businesses and consumers in California.

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

Most state and local officials are waiting to see what happens next, if anything. But if you're flying under the radar with a small-but-illegal operation, why risk it?

"It's going to hurt a lot of people if it does slow down, there are just too many people benefiting financially and with their health", said Steve Williams, a marijuana advocate for DFW NORML.

"We use the money we get from marijuana sales to fund our school resource officer and to bring in a D.A.R.E officer to speak to the schools", North Bend City Administrator Terence O'Connor said.

Based on his experiences with Troyer, however, he adds that Colorado business owners should feel relatively safe if they're following the rules, at least compared to businesses in northern California and eastern Washington. They are surrounded by attorneys who have spent their careers arguing federal cases before judges who can make their displeasure with a US attorney known in sentencing decisions and in the scheduling of cases.

One issue that may be potentially litigated is how the new memo affects medical versus recreational marijuana use.

The former senior Justice Department official behind the decision to harmonize federal prosecutions with state legalization efforts during the Obama told CNN in a phone interview Thursday that it's uncertain how Sessions' new memo will play out at the state level. The Rohrabacher-Farr Amendment now protects state-compliant medical marijuana patients, caregivers and businesses from federal persecution, but it is only in effect until January 19; after that it will be reconsidered by a House-Senate conference committee.

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