Overall, 29 states have legalized medicinal marijuana; eight states plus the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use; and 18 states allow for the use of cannabinoid oil, also known as CBD, which is non-psychoactive.
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During the 2017 legislative session, the Drug Policy Alliance convened the Colorado LEAD Coalition, which included the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO) and the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. "It's not lazy pothead stoners smoking weed all day in their parents' basement".
In refusing to rule out bringing federal charges against state-sanctioned marijuana businesses, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling told pot activists and entrepreneurs earlier this week that their only path to legal safety and certainty runs through Congress.
Four bills to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana were introduced a year ago, but each died in committee hearing rooms. A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday had support for marijuana legalization at 58% nationwide, roughly in line with recent polls from the Pew Trust (61%) and Gallup (64%). "Yeah, absolutely", said Josh Elliott, a Democratic state representative from Hamden who supports legalization. Just hours after his announcement, the Vermont House of Representatives approved a bill to allow recreational use of cannabis, which the Senate had passed previous year, and Republican Gov. Phil Scott supports the idea. It is also legal in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska and Washington, D.C. Alaska and ME gave Trump electoral votes in 2016.More news: New Diet Coke Flavors Bow to Millennial Whims
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Vermont's legislature, however, approved a bill legalizing the recreational marijuana Wednesday, the first lawmaking body in the country to do so.
"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. "But I think the science needs to catch up to the usage".
This editorial appeared in the Decatur (Alabama) Daily on January 7. And some Republicans in Congress have also slammed the decision. "This is a longstanding limited-government principle". Twenty-nine states allow the use of medical marijuana.
"I do not hold political office, I just enforce the law", Bakkedahl said, "but I recognize we have finite resources". A similar study examining Medicare Part D prescription data found a significant drop in prescriptions of drugs to treat anxiety, depression, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity in states with legalized marijuana.
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. But he believes the anti-pot move is bad for his state's economy and health. By federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, the most unsafe designation. "It's disappointing to see him take that stab at the industry".
Vin Candelora, a Republican from North Branford, pointed out that states that have successfully legalized recreational marijuana - Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maine and MA - did so with ballots.